By Chris Harris

Alex Song believes Eduardo can be an able deputy for Robin van Persie - if he is given time.

The Croatian striker has deputised for his injured Dutch colleague in the last two Premier League games after Van Persie was ruled out for up to five months with ankle ligament damage.

Eduardo could not find a way past Sunderland or Chelsea but will be looking to end his wait for a goal when Stoke visit Emirates Stadium on Saturday. Song hopes that Eduardo is afforded time to prove himself.

"We have a lot of players injured and it's not easy," he told Arsenal TV Online.

"When you lose a player like Robin van Persie it is difficult because he is one of the best players in the squad and he has done very well. It is difficult for Eduardo because he was injured a long time and it is not easy to come back. He needs more time to get stronger."

Song is suspended for Saturday's game after collecting his fifth yellow card of the season in the Carling Cup exit at Manchester City. That 3-0 defeat followed an identical loss against Chelsea and the Cameroon international wants Arsenal to bounce back.

"We didn't do very well in the last two games so we need to be focused and we have to give our best on the pitch," he said. "This week has been very bad but now we need to show it was just a mistake. We have to give 100 per cent against Stoke on Saturday."

Subscribers can now watch the full interview with Alex on Arsenal TV Online.

He discussed:

  • a bad week for Arsenal
  • the criticism after the Chelsea game
  • dealing with injuries
  • losing in the Carling Cup
  • the policy of playing youngsters
  • the big game against Stoke City
  • the pros and cons of his suspension
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4 Dec 2009