Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Hurray! international week is finally over again

So once again the international week has come and gone. Well thank heavens for that. It has been a mighty boring week with seeing the Gunners in action. However, it must be said, that this international week couldn’t have come at a better time. After back to back defeat, I think Arsene and his boys needed some time to regroup. It also meant that we had two additional weeks to get our players back from injury.

It is good news on the injury front. News coming in report that Fabregas and Walcott are back in full training and will be available for Saturday’s match against Birmingham. Nicklas Bendtner, who has not seen action this season, will also be in contention for the game. His return is timely given that it is going to be a busy period with the Champions League and League Cup games in midweek for the next month. Chamakh has been playing a lot of games since pre-season and having Bendtner as an alternative is surely a good thing for both the club and the player.

A short round-up of Arsenal players involved in the international matches. Young Jack Wilshere was an unused substitute for the senior team on Tuesday after playing the entire match against Romania for the U21’s. It is a good thing that Jack did not play for Capello’s side so expect to see him in the starting line-up against Birmingham. Our French contingent fared well with Samir Nasri and Abou Diaby playing major roles in France’s two consecutive victories over Romania and Luxembourg. However, Bacary Sagna was injured in that match against Romania and will be missing for at least three weeks. Our young midfield maestro Henri Lansbury got his first England U21 cap in the 0-0 draw against Romania.

Many of our players did not join their national squads during this break because of injuries and suspension (Vela). It is definitely a blessing to Arsene to have this two week to work with almost his full squad. I hope to see the results on Saturday.

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