Saturday, December 29, 2007

Everton vs Arsenal: Theo Walcott to be Rested for Everton Clash

The youngster is going to miss another premiership match tomorrow against Everton. Theo Walcott has been out of action with a knee injury. However, he is now suffering from flu. So, Manager Arsene Wenger has taken the decision of resting his young forward for the upcoming match against Merseyside club, Everton. With 33 points, Everton is now in the sixth place league table. You can guess their impressive run knowing the fact that Everton has lost only one match out of their last 15 matches.

In contrast to Everton, the situation is not so warmth for second placed Arsenal ahead of Saturday’s away match. Arsene Wenger’s side drew against Portsmouth on Wednesday for the first time without scoring a goal in any premiership game this season. Moreover, Arsenal faced their first defeat of this season in EPL against Middlesbrough. So, you do not need to be a specialist to realize that Arsenal is going through a tough time.

In their 0-0 stalemate, Arsenal suffered a lot for the lack of quality finish. Arsenal created some good chances that all went in vein as their strikers were struggling to find the net. Togo forward Emmanuel Adebayor could not continue his impressive run against Portsmouth. In fact, after the departure of Thierry Henry during the summer transfer window, Arsenal had only few unknown faces to take the challenge up. However, Arsene Wenger set out for a long run with the youngsters like Emmanuel Adebayor, Cesc Fàbregas, Robin van Persie etc. Wenger has made an impossible task leading Arsenal topping the league table until last week.

To tell the truth, there is no doubt regarding the talent of these youngsters who are inspired to perform well consistently to hold on their places in the line up. However, the situation has changed with some key players struggling with injury. Arsenal has five forwards in the squad in which two of them are now sidelined with injury. So, it has become hard to Wenger to keep the balance of the squad. The other three forwards are going through a hectic schedule without getting any enough rest.

So, the return of Theo Walcott has become necessary for Arsenal to get back their place atop the league point table. What Arsenal fan can do now is to pray for quick recovery of Theo Walcott and Robin van Persi.

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