Arsenal have received a welcome boost with the news that Emirates duo Robin van Persie and Aaron Ramsey are to make their return from injury.
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Arsenal will be boosted next week by the long-awaited return to full training of both Robin van Persie and Aaron Ramsey.
“Van Persie and Ramsey are very close to coming back to full training now,” said Wenger. “They should be back in the group at the end of next week.”
“Of course we should not set the same [recovery] time to Ramsey as Van Persie. Aaron will need a longer period to be completely match-fit for the first team. But Van Persie is not far away now.
“Manuel Almunia is maybe one to two weeks away. With Vermaelen, it is difficult to set a fixed time because his Achilles improves slowly.” (Arsenal.com)
While this is undoubtedly good news for Arsenal fans, it will leave Arsene Wenger with a selection problem.
Marouane Chamakh has been arguably the signing of the season. Coming in on a free transfer, he has shown excellent movement and build up play, won penalties, and scored goals. Van Persie is a magnificent talent, but it would be quite unfair to drop Chamakh when he is playing this well, and it is a bit early in the season for the Moroccan to need a rest.
Whether Van Persie and Chamakh could play together up front is a different matter, and that leaves Wenger with the dilemma of a formation change and who would be dropped.
Ramsey’s return to fitness will be easier for the Gunners boss to digest. Though Jack Wilshere has been playing quite brilliantly this season, at the tender age of 18 he would ideally be eased in rather than thrown in at the deep end. Rotation with the equally promising Ramsey would aid this, with competition from Abou Diaby and Denilson for places.
Thomas Vermaelen’s problem though brings to mind Tomas Rosicky’s long term injury of a few years ago, and Wenger’s inability to put a date on his return is worrying.