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It’s the same story every season. Even before a single have been kicked in anger in an official competitive match, Arsenal have already been struck by the injury curse. Samir Nasri suffered last season and this has spread to quite a number of other midfielders for this year’s edition. Abou Diaby, Alex Song, Denilson and Aaron Ramsey have not played in any of the pre-season friendlies.

While we expected this of Ramsey, the reason why the other 3 are currently out with various injuries is not known to me. As far as I can remember, Diaby and Song finished their World Cup campaign without suffering any form of serious injuries and yet they have been out for what is already 6 weeks after the tournament’s conclusion. What’s worse is that Denilson did not even go to South Africa and still suffered injury. The Brazilian may not have been my first choice to start at Anfield this Sunday but he would have been a better choice that we have now.

As it stands, Emmanuel Frimpong and Jack Wilshere are prime to get a start against Liverpool. Frankly, that worries me. Not to discredit their talent and they could still end up putting on a real performance for Arsenal. However, that midfield pairing is very lightweight and Frimpong’s inexperience could put us in a lot of trouble. The last 2 games against Celtic and Legia Warsaw showed that the more defensive of the duo can have problems against better opponents.

Wilshere though have a different thought compared to me. He is confident that the partnership could work, having grown up playing together in the centre of the park. Sorry Jack, but I can’t agree with you there. They have to understand that they will come up against the likes of Steven Gerrard, Joe Cole, Lucas and new boy Christian Poulsen. Those are seasoned internationals who will get rough should they see two kids on the opposite side of the pitch.

Arsenal need some steel in midfield, all the more reason considering that we did not reinforce the goalkeeping department. Add that together with a new centreback partnership (be it Vermaelen-Djourou or Vermaelen-Koscielny) and I can fear for the worst. Anfield is never and easy place to go to, regardless who Liverpool have in the ranks as players or manager.

Arsene Wenger could do no worse than trying to stick Emmanuel Eboue or even Johann Djourou there in the defensive position. Or he could remove Wilshere from the starting line-up and go with Harvard Nordtveit partnering Frimpong in middle. Both are defensive type of players and midfield is no strange land for the former, having played most of his matches with Nuremberg in that position. Ask them to stay in their position and just leave the attacking part to Nasri, Chamakh, Arshavin and Walcott.

As the day draws near, I’m hoping either one of the injured trio to recover. Risk them at Liverpool regardless whether or not they are match fit. The lesser opponents in the subsequent matches allows this option to happen. Even Cesc Fabregas played 45 minutes yesterday and we could also risk him. Arsenal needs a good start to the season and it is hard for us to do that with 2 kids in central midfield at Anfield.

More tomorrow. Thanks for reading.

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