Arsenal’s worst fears have been confirmed with the news that French midfield dynamo Mathieu Flamini will sit out the visit of Dortmund to Emirates tomorrow. The Frenchman suffered from concussion after clashing heads with a Norwich player at the weekend.
“Flamini is doing well,” “he’s practiced normally, but we won’t play him [on Tuesday]. There is a five-day rule [with concussion] that we will respect.”
From what Wenger said, it is obvious Flamini’s injury isn’t a long term concern, in fact it’s just a precaution as he could be forced to play if there were no options. It’s better to have him out tomorrow than to play him against Dortmund and have him out for longer period. Arsenal cannot risk his absence for long with Manchester United, Liverpool and a trip to Dortmund lurking around.
It stands to be seen how Arsenal will cope with the absence of Flamini. He has been ever present in the side since coming in for Wilshere against Tottenham. The obvious replacement will be Arteta. I just hope he holds the forte well enough. Arteta might not give us the solidity Flamini has given us since he arrived at the Emirates but I believe he is experienced enough to hold the forte for Flamini tomorrow. If he could do it for a whole season in the past then he can for a single match.