The team news was updated yesterday and whilst Tomas Rosicky should be fit and healthy after a bout of sickness. Diaby is the only other concern, mind you, when isn’t he?
He will not start, he was sick until yesterday and had a light session. He could be short again but he could be in the squad.
Well, I can’t work out from that if he’s fit enough to travel or not! Let’s hope he is and he starts, we actually need him!
Yossi returns which is good news.
Wenger has also been talking about our players who have been out on loan all season. Of course we know already that Denilson will not be staying with his current and we also know that a few clubs are showing an interest in Carlos Vela.
Wenger believes that Premier League squad restrictions will be the key when deciding what happens to them.
I have not decided anything yet, It will depend a bit on the structure of the whole team. I will sit down with him at the end of the season. You know we have some restrictions because you are only allowed 25 players. Therefore you have to make decisions and choices that are of course linked with that.
At the moment we have 34 players. I believe that many clubs are in this situation. The Premier League have put themselves into this situation where they completely lock the transfer market.
When the players come back from their loans, many clubs will be in the same situation where they cannot buy because they have too many players.
Surely by now, our manager knows what the future holds for these players, he didn’t deem them good enough to be for this current season and just because Bendtner and Vela have scored a few goals each, it won’t be enough to convince anyone that they could yet have a future with us?
Bendtner has also had a few off-field issues which have seen him brush with the wrong side of the law and we know Wenger won’t have liked that and both Denilson and Vela have made it clear that they don’t return.
Wenger is right, we do have too many players and surely this summer the club will finally have a good clear out and not just of those on loan, they are just the tip of the iceberg.
One player who is attracting interest is Andrey Arshavin, Dynamo Moscow are reported to be set to make an offer of £5million for him this summer, but Zenit St Petersburg could also try and attempt the Russian to stay.
Either way, it looks like he could be the first of hopefully many who will depart and finally Wenger will make the changes that we so desperately need to get us back up with the best, after all, we are not that far off are we?
After the antics yesterday, a sin-bin will take effect from today!
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