Jack will be back.. and we will finish in the top four

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Arsenal have made four changes to their starting line-up for Wednesday’s clash vs. Bayern Munich at the (somewhat beautiful) Allianz arena. Fabianski, Diaby, Arshavin, and Gibbs are all included in the 18-man squad, whilst Podolski’s exclusion suggests to me that Arsene already has one eye on the Swansea game this weekend. Jack Wilshere unfortunately will play no part in proceedings after picking up another ankle injury (although it is reportedly the opposite one that kept him out last season). The question now on everyone’s minds is how long will he be out? Wenger has stated three weeks, but he knows that he cannot afford to rush him back too quickly; if the physio team advise a rest period of two or three weeks, then I bet your bottom dollar that it could be a good month before he is considered for first team football. At least, that is what most sane people would argue is the right course of action for the long term health of such a young and influential player (trust me, I’m a doctor….)

The current setback will rule him out of the following games; Bayern Munich, Swansea, Reading, and possibly West Brom and Norwich (let’s also not forget the World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro later this month). For someone so pivotal to our ambitions of a top four finish (yes, sadly that seems to be our top ambition these days..) this run of matches is probably one of the ‘better’ times that we manage without him. The Bayern game is a write off anyway in my opinion; the Germans at home are simply too powerful. The comeback date (worst case scenario) will probably be the rescheduled home match against Everton on Tuesday 16th April; thereafter we have Fulham, Manchester United, QPR and Wigan (who will both be fighting for their lives), and then Newcastle (who I predict will also be scraping the barrel for a final lifesaving morsel). So what would we rather lose our talisman for? A run of matches against mid-table teams and two shoe-in World Cup qualifiers that drain his energy level further, or the final rush to the finish line when we need his heart and guile most? Both Tottenham and Chelsea have a tough run of games at the back end, and this period may see a lot of toing and froing…

So back to tomorrow’s game; things don’t look pretty (although as Le Grove said earlier in his blog, miracles can happen). Let’s not be too gloomy though. I still believe the end of the season will end on a positive note. A top four finish, Champions League football in the bag, and £125 million in the bank to draw on for a summer splurge (whether it is Wenger doing the spending though, only time will tell)..

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Categories: General, Injuries, Premier League, UEFA Champions League

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  1. Come on you Reds! Wisely worded though i’m not so sure we’re going to see the positive end to the season, i’ll keep my fingers crossed.

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