Arsene Wenger had a pretty busy time of it this morning at the Arsenal press conference fielding questions about upcoming games against Blackburn and Bayern as well as the future of Santos, Villa and more.
Firstly on the injuries, Wenger revealed there was a possibility that Kieran Gibbs could be back in time for the game against Bayern
‘Kieran has a small chance to be fit for the second match against Bayern’
But he also cast doubt on the fitness of Jack Wilshere
‘I will not take a risk [with his fitness], with the rest of the season in mind and what happened before’
As for the game against Blackburn Wenger confirmed
‘The players who will not start are the players who have played many games recently. We are favourites, Blackburn have nothing to lose and they have a squad of Premier League players’
As for Villa, Wenger said
‘I am not on the case. I like the player but at the moment we have some immediate targets’
The door is however still open for Andre Santos
‘Of course he can have a future at Arsenal. That depends as well on the ins and outs during the summer. ‘He moved because he lost a little bit of confidence and he needs to play’
So what do you make of that lot then?
Well it seems that Arsene is focusing much more on the game against Bayern than Blackburn and that Saturday could see some fringe players – Miquel, Rosicky, maybe even Arshavin – get a game.
As for Bayern, the news that Gibbs might be fit is hugely encouraging for Gunners fans. Wenger would have to play Thomas Vermaelen in the left back berth and he is also struggling to get fit.
Personally I think that the comment on Santos makes sense. He has been a good player before, but clearly has struggled this season. He wouldn’t be the first Arsenal player ever to have a drop off in from.
As for Villa, that door it still open, but if I were a betting man the money would be on a younger striker arriving in the summer