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Playing Walcott could be vital for Arsenal

Why Theo Walcott is important from the bench by KJ

After Friday’s internationals, Walcott was taken to hospital after suffering a suspected broken rib against San Marino – something that could keep him out of football for a good two months.

After being kept in overnight, he was quoted saying that “it felt like being hit by a bus”. Fortunately, it is now being reported that he’s got a bruised lung and should be out for no longer than two-three weeks.

Arsenal boss attacks Man City over fair play

Arsene Wenger is one of the most fervent supporters of the new Financial Fair Play rules that are supposed to stop Clubs such as Man City, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain from gaining an unfair advantage over clubs that do not have billionaire sugar daddies. Wenger and Arsenal do stand to benefit from these rules as the Gunners are one of the best run clubs in the world, financially.

Wenger really believes in these rules and has spoken before about his fear that football is heading for disaster with the inflated wages, transfer fees and spiralling debt. Now Wenger is worried that the big spending clubs will make a mockery of the new rules and wants sponsorship deals to be looked into.

Wenger and Podolski refuse to fuel title talk just yet

Arsenal remain unbeaten after five games this season but now face their toughest test yet against the reigning Premiership champions on Sunday. It has been over a year since Man City lost a home game and both Lukas Podolski and Arsene Wenger are under no illusions as to the size of the task, but both believe a result is possible at the Etihad, although they insist it is too early to talk about a title challenge.

Wenger called for calm when he said: “Only four games have been played and I believe some of teams are coming back into the race. The Premier League is very difficult now, it’s very unpredictable,” he said.

Mancini – If Robin Van Persie leaves Arsenal I’m very interested….

The Man City manager Roberto Mancini has made it clear that if Robin Van Persie doesn’t sign his new contract extension at Arsenal this summer, then he would be very keen for the Dutchman to join Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy at the Etihad Stadium.

Mancini said: “We are interested in all good players. This is normal, but not only us. I think all the good teams are interested in Van Persie.