Thursday, November 8, 2007

Senderos and van Persie boost for Gunners

Arsenal's leading goalscorer last season Robin van Persie should return to fitness in time for the Gunner's match against Wigan on November 24th. Philippe Senderos, an Arsenal center-back, should also be back in time for the match, although he is unlikely to start ahead of the likes of William Gallas and Kolo Toure.

Van Persie's return is a great boost for the Gunners, as we have lacked a confident striker in the past few matches, despite Emmanuel Adebayor's early brilliance this season.

The Togo international was guilty of missing lots of chances against both Liverpool and Manchester United, and could have - but didn't - score the winner in the 0-0 game against Slavia Prague on Wednesday after having been brought on as a substitute.

The lanky African has formed an impressive striking partnership with Robin van Persie though, and the Dutchman's return should spark a return to goalscoring for both of the strikers.

Unfortunately for Theo Walcott, Nicklas Bendtner, and Eduardo, the return of Arsene WEnger's first-choice striker should mean that Arsenal's other strikers will get fewer chances in upcoming months.

They will still have a chance to prove themselves against Reading though, in what should be the last game before van Persie returns. No performance would see one of the players replace van Persie, but if any of the three are able to significantly impact the game they might be in for some playing time coming off the subsitute's bench.