Match Preview: Barnet vs Arsenal

In typical pre-season friendly manner, we'll most probably have two teams out, a stronger one for the first half and a few younger players in the second half...

First Half

Here’s the starting XI line up that I’d like to see play…

Almunia
Goalkeeper
 
Sagna
Right Back
Gavin Hoyte
Centre Back
Nordtveit
Centre Back
Clichy
Left Back
 
Walcott
Right Wing
Ramsey
Midfielder
Denilson
Midfielder
Traore
Left Wing
 
  Bendtner
Stiker
Vela
Support Stiker
 

It will be a good chance to see Vela up front along side Bendtner with Ramsey and Denilson deployed in central midfield. Arsene is still experimenting with Traore at left wing, something which the Frenchman discussed at the end of last season. I’d expect Hoyte Junoir and the rock Nordtveit given a run out too in the first half. Sagna will start too, coming back from injury.

Second Half

In the second half, I’d expect a few changes. We’ll probably see Jay Simpson up front with Randall, the highly rated Wilshere in midfield. But all in all, it should be a good run out for the kids.

Exciting times ahead… the Emirates cup is the following weekend with a few other friendlies dotted around.

Can’t wait. The match itself is live on Arsenal TV Online of course, and kick off is at 3pm!]]>