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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Gunners' injury crisis starting to improve

Arsenal's bid to win the Premier League title is set to be boosted in the coming weeks by the return to fitness of a number of key players.

In their last game, a defeat to Premier League rivals Chelsea, manager Arsene Wenger had to do without Cesc Fabregas, Manuel Almunia, Keiran Gibbs, Thomas Vermaelen, Nicklas Bendtner, Aaron Ramsey, Theo Walcott and Robin van Persie. People who bet on Premier League games should bear this in mind over the coming weeks.

The loss of that many players would hit any side hard, and their struggles have been evident as they current sit seven points adrift of leaders Chelsea and were beaten at home by West Brom before the Stamford Bridge clash.

After the international break, Arsenal face Birmingham, Shaktar and Manchester City in the space of eight days as they enter a crucial part of their season.

Luckily for Wenger however, it looks like their injury crisis is set to improve as a number of players are getting close to recovery, including long-term victim Ramsey who has been out since February.

Danish striker Bendtner has not played at all this season, but has declared he is "ready to train" and will be back in the next few weeks, while the best news for Gunners fans will be the return of fit-again Fabregas.

The Spanish captain has not played since he injured his hamstring against Sunderland on September 18th. Fabregas has declared himself fit and is looking to return to the first-team to face Birmingham, a match the Premier League predictions suggest the Gunner should win.

Finally, England winger Walcott, who has been out since the start of September, is making good progress recovering from a badly sprained ankle. He is not looking to rush back for the Birmingham game, but instead has his eyes set on the clash with Premier League title wannabes Manchester City on October 24th.

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