Arsenal Analysis: Six Gunners Who Deserve More Playing Time In the Future

Vijay MuraliAnalyst IOctober 12, 2010

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 21:  Denilson (L) of Arsenal and Sandro (R) of Spurs battle for the ball during the Carling Cup third round match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at White Hart Lane on September 21, 2010 in London, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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There is still a lot of time before we can see our club teams in action, and for all Arsenal supporters, it would not be a surprise if Arsenal resume their campaign further burdened with injury worries.

It seems like Bacary Sagna will be out for around three weeks, due to a injury which he probably sustained in the game against Chelsea, even though he completed the entire match.

Arsenal have already been hit by injuries to key players, and it has provided opportunities for some players to make an impact in their absence. However, there are a few players in the squad, who have got less playing time for the Gunners in this season.

Here are six Gunners, who could be good for the Gunners, if they are provided with opportunities to impress.


1. Denilson

Denilson has only started one game for Arsenal this season, and it was against Spurs in the Carling Cup. He looks stronger and fitter this year, and he does have a lot of talent. He has excellent passing range and can be the link between Alex Song and Cesc Fabregas.

Whenever he has played this season, Arsenal have performed well. He aids in the defensive aspects of the game, and can form a good partnership with Song, which could help the Gunners sort out their defensive worries. 

He also makes neat, crisp passes which help in the attacking play of Arsenal in addition to providing a goalscoring threat from long range strikes.


2. Carlos Vela

Carlos Vela has already scored three goals this year, but he has warmed the bench for most of this season. His talent is undeniable, but he is yet to realise his potential for the Gunners, and sitting on the bench is not going to improve his confidence.

He can play as a winger or as a centre forward, and Arsene Wenger should provide him more playing time in the near future. He needs time to realise his potential, but his development as a player will be stunted if he does not get adequate minutes on the pitch.


3. Jay Emmanuel Thomas

Jay Emmanuel Thomas is one of the most promising youngsters to emerge from the Arsenal academy. He has been an integral member of the reserves in the recent past, and he has earned his place in the senior squad for this season.

He is very versatile and can play in various positions, which is a great advantage. Also, he is a very strong lad, who could provide the physicality to this Arsenal side, which boasts of very talented but less physical players.


4. Craig Eastmond

Craig Eastmond was employed as the replacement for Alex Song in important Premier League games last season, when the latter was on international duty in January. Eastmond showed great maturity, and did not look out of place at the highest level.

He has not featured in even one of the games for Arsenal this year, and Wenger should at least give him playing time in the Carling Cup/FA Cup. He has been a consistent performer for the reserves, and he is a player with great potential. Also, he can play at right back, which could be useful for the Gunners.

5. Havard Nordtveit

Havard Nordtveit spent last season on loan with Nuremberg in the Bundesliga, but Arsenal have retained the services of the 20-year-old versatile defender for this season. Nordtveit is a very capable player, who can play as a centre back, right back and as a defensive midfielder, which was his role in a number of matches for Nuremberg.

He is a tall and strong defender, and has all the attributes required to become a successful defender for Arsenal in the future.


6. Kieran Gibbs

Kieran Gibbs is a very talented left back, and can follow in the footsteps of Ashley Cole to become one of the best left backs in the world. He has been affected by injury problems in the last year or so, which has hampered his development to a certain extent.

Fabio Capello, the present England manager, has made it clear that Gibbs has to play regularly for the Gunners for him to be selected in the England squad. Arsenal's first choice left back Gael Clichy has been a faithful servant for the club, but has not been in good form this season, and Gibbs needs to be playing more in order to hone his impressive talent.


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