Chamakh Kop debut? Bendy on mendy and RVP 'unfit'

This can’t be happening. We’ve not kicked a ball in (proper) anger this season yet and already the sicknote list grows longer than the taxman’s list of alleged fiscal discrepancies in old rubber face’s questionable accounts. OK, I am probably, typically, over-reacting.
The fact is I can’t help getting a little jittery at reports this morning that indicate that Nicklas Bendtner is out of contention for our first Premier League game away at Liverpool while AW has also hinted that Cesc Fabregas and Robin van Persie are also doubtful.
Bendtner has a groin injury and AW knows not when he will return, with Fabregas and Van Persie still recovering from their exploits in the World Cup. Both players return to the club next week for the team photo, apparently, but may not be fit enough to figure on Merseyside come August 15.
AW, who admits he is still looking at possible transfer targets, said: “Bendtner will not be available for the start of the season. We don’t know how bad it is. Denilson should be fit – maybe not for the Emirates Cup but for the Warsaw game and Diaby as well. Fabregas and Van Persie are due to come back on August 5 and from then on we will see how much build-up work is needed physically and as well how they have recovered mentally from the World Cup.They might be short for the first game of the season but I don’t know, that will depend on the fitness work they have done during the holiday.”
>Does that mean we will go with Andrey Arshavin and Marouane Chamakh up top against Woy Hodgson’s side? One thing is for sure, the pesky little Ruskie enjoys playing at Anfield!
For fear of repeating myself, we still need a central defender and, of course, a decent keeper and the latest noises suggest that Cagliari No.1 Federico Marchetti could be poised to join the Arsenal.According to Eye-tie organ Tutto Mercato, Cagliari president Massimo Cellino got a phone call from Arsenal to try to hurry up the paperwork and price for the Italy goalkeeper. Again, rumour and counter-rumour surrounding the keeper, 27, but no different to the talk about Mark Scharwzer and Maarten Stekelenburg. On this subject, I note that Shay Given has been announced as City No.1 meaning Joe Hart is destined for a season on the bench at Eastlands.
Elsewhere this morning we can reflect on a night of glory for the young Gunners who put the footballing powerhouse that is Daggers and Redders to the sword with a scintillating 2-1 win. Sanchez Watt gave Neil Banfield’s team a first-half lead before the home mob equalised, setting the stage for substitute Roarie Deacon to snatch the winner late on in the encounter.
Anyone see the game and see how Ignasi Miquel played last night with the skipper’s armband on? Saw him last week against Crawley and, dare I say it, he looked confident, athletic, strong and a decent height for a central defender. Rough gem being polished for the future…

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