As anticipated Alex Song is charged with violent conduct by the FA after his stamping offense on Joey Barton went unpunished.
He faces a three match ban which Arsenal can appeal except they don't have a leg to stand on because what Song did was blatantly malicious and captured on every camera in the world. Gervinho's three match suspension is also being appealed but there is very little chance of that being overturned. His Barton handbag too went viral and is being celebrated in the French media as a return of the Norman invasion via the Ivory Coast.
Arsenal now face the likes of Liverpool and Man Utd without the services of Song. His likely replacement, Emmanuel Frimpong could not have asked for a bigger stage to usurp Song. Lets hope he can prove to be a disruptive presence stopping the likes of Luis Suarez and Wayne Rooney. Tall order for a 19 year old with little first team experience.
Lets recap: Arsenal just lost Song and Gervinho to suspension. Jack Wilshere is injured. Robin Van Persie and Samir Nasri are both suspended from the first leg CL playoff against Udinese. Cesc Fabregas departs for Barca and Nasri might follow suit to City. We have 18 year old Alex- Oxlade Chamberlain as our rabbit in the hat. It could be worse, Gunnersaurus finding out the Ice Age is ending and he might be a puddle of protoplasm. That's already happened, I've been informed, a wee over a million years ago.