The Internationals week saw a lot of activity for the Gunners. Eduardo was on target on Saturday against Israel, Gallas had a good outing for France. Bad news was that Van Persie got injured in what looks like a knee injury that can keep him out for more than 4 weeks. Senderos picked up a back injury in a friendly played in the week.
In defence Toure stands like a rock and Gallas coming back would be good news to the team. Senderos should be fine in a fortnight. But what is really bad is the injury to Persie.
In the next 4-5 weeks, Arsenal plays:
20 Oct Bolton (H)
23 Oct Slavia Prague (H)
28 Oct Liverpool (A)
31 Oct Sheffield Utd (A)
03 Nov Man Utd (H)
07 NOv Slavia Prague (A)
12 Nov Reading (A)
24 Nov Wigan (H)
The double biggies at the end of the month would be a very crucial period for Arsenal’s campaign. Especially the trip to Anfield where we were humiliated 4-1 last time. I distinctly remember this match as it was on my Bday and I was in Singapore, for the official inauguration of the Arsenal Supporters club. It was a very bad start for all the Gooners in that pub.
But having said that in Adebayor, Eduardo and Bendtner we have quality that should see us atleast hold on to draws in these two matches atleast. With Togo not qualifying for the African Nations Cup, Adebayor will be available throughout January.
The Bolton game might be seen as an easy 3 points to many, but I think teams like Bolton and Blackburn play a very physical game everytime they play Arsenal for the last so many years. They are our Bogey team. Away at the Reebok last time, Anelka scored a goal from outside the box to seal victory. And he likes scoring against his old club. This time they are visiting the Emirates without a manager and there is a lot of uneasiness in the team. This could act both ways if you ask me.
Lets hope Adebayor scores in this match because whenever Adebayor has scored Arsenal has never lost a match. And just for those who like Trivia, Toure and Clichy are the only two Arsenal players who have played every minute of this current Arsenal premier league campaign.