Liverpool linked with Eriksen
Fri, 29 Mar 2013 09:45:00
Arsenal have a number of injury problems as they prepare to host a Reading side under the management of new boss Nigel Adkins.
Arsene Wenger will be without England duo Jack Wilshere (ankle) and Theo Walcott (hip/thigh).
Midfielder Abou Diaby is also absent after being ruled out for nine months with anterior cruciate ligament damage in his left knee.
Left-back Kieran Gibbs will be assessed after being laid low by a virus but forward Lukas Podolski (ankle) and right-back Bacary Sagna (knee) should be available again, while goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny and captain Thomas Vermaelen are eyeing recalls.
New Reading manager Adkins will have striker Pavel Pogrebnyak available after a three-match suspension.
Former Gunners trainee Stuart Taylor is likely to again deputise for goalkeeper Adam Federici, who has been sidelined with an ankle injury.
Attacking midfielder Jimmy Kebe continues to battle against a groin problem and forward Jason Roberts (hip) remains sidelined.
Pulis' second spell at the Britannia Stadium will reach seven years in the summer.
Much of his tenure has seen Stoke on an upward curve, but a recent dip in results has led some to question his position.
It was suggested that Pulis was considering his own future, with it possible that he could walk away at the end of the season.
He is adamant, however, that he has no such plans and retains his enthusiasm.
Pulis said: "It's a case of do you care and are you prepared to fight for it?
"Do you have sleepless nights for it and everything else that goes with it? Nobody knows what managers go through in lots of respects and it's still happening with me.
"When it stops happening, that will be the time to pack it in.
"You wake up some nights thinking about things you want to do. Your mind is non-stop. It keeps flickering. You just can't switch off."
Eriksen has long been regarded as one of the brightest talents in European football, and the Denmark international only has one more season to run on his Ajax contract.
The 21-year-old confirmed last week that he was uncertain about his long-term future at the Amsterdam ArenA as he had not received a 'detailed' offer of a contract extension.
Reports in the Dutch and English media have subsequently claimed that Liverpool are favourites to snap up Eriksen in a transfer worth around ?20million (?16.9m).
Overmars would not comment on the transfer rumours, but acknowledged that Liverpool have regularly had scouts watching their games.
"We have a list of scouts from foreign clubs who have visited us and Liverpool have been a frequent visitor," Overmars told De Telegraaf.
Eriksen has been repeatedly linked with a move to the Premier League, with Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur among the other clubs to have a reported interest.
Speculation has also suggested that Shakhtar Donetsk's Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Newcastle United winger Hatem Ben Arfa are alternatives for Bredan Rodgers if the Liverpool manager fails to land Eriksen.