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It’s been such a long time since we have a pleasant surprise, not least in terms of improving injury news. For the first time in many months, Arsene Wenger has finally been able to call upon Robin Van Persie for match selection. No one put him down for anything earlier than the World Cup or even pre-season training. About time we were handed some reprieve in that department.
His return to the squad to face Spurs tomorrow is more than welcome as we’ve already lost 3 other players who are truly world class within our ranks. Gallas, Fabregas and Arshavin are the spine of the Arsenal team and Van Persie falls within that category as well. Going into the final stretch of games which we have to win all and still hope for Chelsea to drop points, having him back is more than a welcome bonus.
Not only will he add an extra dimension to our attack, but also provides the necessary class and option from the bench. While it’s true that we also have Eduardo and Vela on the bench in case Bendtner finds it hard to do it on his own, it is fair to say that those 2 are not on better or even on par with the Dutchman.
However, we must throw caution to the wind. Van Persie has just come back from 5 months out. Wenger has been quoted to say that it is like he has never left and credit must go to Van Persie for keeping himself fit while away. Having said that, it is asking too much for him to thrown straight into the fire and expect him to lead us to victory. At best, he will be on the bench and unless absolutely necessary, he will probably not be used. Of course, if we’re leading by 3 or 4 goals going into the last quarter of the match, I’m sure Wenger do not mind giving him a run-out.
Spurs are still reeling from their exit in the FA Cup to a relegated Portsmouth side and from the look of it, will struggle to put out a normal first team side. There are news that their options are down to bare bones that 2 reserves players have the off-chance that they will start the game. Whatever happens with that is none of our concern. We still have to approach the game the same way we always do, that is to win.
I’m not putting too much hope on Bolton to do us a favour but should Wilshere do his magic at Stamford Bridge and prevents Chelsea from getting full points from that fixture, I think it is fair for one of the squad to give away his winner’s medal to the 18-year-old, should we really end up winning the title.
Match preview tomorrow. Have a nice day.