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Vermaelen Set To Start Againt Blackburn – Is It Worth The Risk Arsene?

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is set to take a huge risk by starting Thomas Vermaelen against Blackburn Rovers today in our FA Cup fifth round clash at the Emirates

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Vermaelen – set to face Blackburn

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is set to take a huge risk by starting Thomas Vermaelen against Blackburn Rovers today in our FA Cup fifth round clash at the Emirates, according to the Daily Mail.

The Gunners captain hasn’t featured since picking up an ankle knock against Liverpool at the end of January and was forced to have an anti-inflammatory injection last week in a bid to prevent facing surgery to cure the problem.

The Daily Mail claim the injection seems to have worked as Vermaelen has trained all week without issue and the boss has now suggested he’s ready to gamble on the defenders fitness and start him against Rovers on Saturday afternoon, despite our Champions League last 16 clash with Bayern Munich being just three days away. Wenger said:

‘He [Vermaelen] has not played much recently and he needs some competition.

‘He has had a good rest overall, he is one of the few options I have to play left-back at the moment. It is 90/10 in favour of him being involved against Blackburn.’ Wenger is quoted as saying by the Daily Mail

With Kieran Gibbs injured and Nacho Monreal ineligible, Vermaelen is our only cover at left back to face Bayern next week so it’s a huge gamble on Wenger’s part if indeed Vermaelen starts today.

I understand the need for the skipper to get some minutes under his belt but it’s not like he’s missed a couple of months, it’s only been a couple of weeks, and I personally would be surprised to see the Belgian play today.

It’s too much of a risk. If he breaks down or aggravates the problem he’s definitely out of Tuesday’s game and we’ll be left extremely short of viable options. A back four of Sagna, Mertesacker, Miquel and Monreal should do the job against Blackburn so I say let’s rest Vermaelen and keep him fit for Munich.

What do you think, would you start Vermaelen today? Get involved in the comments section below.



  1. Akanimo

    February 16, 2013 at 10:50 am

    i think same…, we’l nid hm much more in d kuming weeks…

  2. Young Cisca

    February 16, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    That is a Wise Speech Mr Wenger, but i think He should be rested for todays Game so that he can be 100% fit to play on Munich.

  3. bc

    February 16, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    Persony i would go at least 1 step further by putting sagna on the bench and go with a back 4 of coquelin mertesacker miquel monreal. the experience of nacho will help his feow spaniard and the experience of the bfg will help lecoq.
    a midfield trio of diaby ramsey rosicky means that arteta jack and santi can take a breather. whilst a front 3 of ox gerv and arshavin should be enough to trouble blacburn leaing the big guns of walcott giroud podolski cazorla arteta sagna to join mannone on the bench and only used if needed

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