By 1970’s Gooner
It’s just as well that Arsene Wenger managed to recruit Silvestre from Manchester United in the last throws of the transfer window.
After allowing young Senderos to go out on loan to AC Milan (with a view to a permanent deal) he was left with Djourou as the only direct replacement for his preferred central defensive pairing of Gallas and Toure.
But lo and behold Gallas, who has been going through a period of self reflection lately, managed to pick up a thigh injury and after missing the France Vs Romania game has now withdrawn from the France squad to face Tunisia in Paris on Tuesday.
This must cast doubts whether he can make the game against Everton next Saturday at the Emirates.
Even if he does manage to shake the injury off account has to be taken of the fact that he has been out of action and training during the last 10 days or so. This would probably render him unfit to start against Everton.
The player that a lot of Arsenal fans would like to see feature in the first team is Johan Djourou.
He has after all the height that some fans and experts have been highlighting as being one of Arsenal’s major defensive weakness; especially from set pieces.
But lo and behold he too manages to get injured. This was during Switzerland’s laboured victory against Latvia on Saturday.
He got hit on the cheekbone suffering concussion and his inclusion in the team to play against Greece next Wednesday in Athens is in doubt.
"I do not think Djourou will be able to play in Greece", said Ottmar Hitzfeld the German in charge of the Swiss national team.
So the only fit central defender left for Arsene Wenger to pick in the case Djourou still remains unavailable will be Silvestre.
He managed to get a full game under his belt last week for the reserves against Stoke and he showed that after being out for so long he still possessed the knack of defending.
But will he be ready to face the tougher test of a Premier League game?
The other worry for next Saturday’s game against Everton is Bacary Sagna who picked up a knee problem during France’s game against Romania.
He spent today, Sunday, in the company of another injury victim, Patrick Vieira undergoing examinations on his right knee.
Sagna has been diagnosed with a tendon problem in the right calf and he also misses the friendly against Tunisia.
Again we would have to wait to see if he makes it against Everton next Saturday. The only possible replacement could be Eboue who would be switched back to his original position. Nasri and Walcott would be the ones to play in wide midfield.
There are no news about Robin Van Persie’s injury but if he also does not make it Bendtner more probably than Vela would partner Adebayor in attack.
So we could end up with a lot of changes for Saturday. Let’s hope they are for the good.