Today sees the return of Cesc Fabregas, and it's clear now more than ever how much our team needs him. He's crazy to think we're so reliant on one player. He does have a presence, a commitment, a desire to win and more importantly this is infectious on his team-mates.
Cesc has spoken about the Champions League:
“We don’t have to be afraid of anyone. I think we’ve seen in the last few seasons we can beat anybody so you have to be positive. You have to believe that you can do it again, at least make it to the final. I’ve played a few finals now and you can see that anything can happen, you can play well you can play not well, you can win and lose. Certainly you have to make it there, I think we have the quality and experience to do it and we are looking forward to it.”
Cesc desprately needs a partner. After Inler rejected the move to the Emirates, Daniel De Guzman from Feyenord is the latest name to be mentioned. Some of the fans actually don’t believe Arsene will buy, despite him saying that he is “definitely” going to bring in one more player.
Ahead of today’s game against FC Twente, their boss Steve McC said:
“I think one result and it’s called a crisis in a top four club; that is what Arsenal are. They don’t get beat very often so when they do the scrutiny is more on them. I have seen them play in pre-season and there has been some great football. With Arsenal I think, because the way they play and the type of football they play, they cannot be 100 per cent all the time. On their day they are capable of taking apart anyone. I always used to say ‘don’t judge over two games’. Arsenal have quality in their side, they have injured players to come back - Fabregas will make a big difference – so crisis at Arsenal? No!”
And Walcott thinks we can play better than the first leg…
“It was our first game so they were very sharp and it took us by surprise I think. It was very difficult to go there. The fans were behind them and they treated it as their cup final. They were very strong in their man-for-man marking. We did not play our best but we got a good result. Hopefully we’ll perform better at home. The best thing is to think of it as 0-0, keep a clean sheet then we are through. But this club needs to play Champions League football.”
I’m unsure of Arsene’s thinking. At 2-0, the tie is virtually won, but can he afford to rest some of his first team? I’m not 100% sure. Reading the news today, I’ve heard he could drop the first team and add in players such as Bendtner and Vela to see “what they’re made of” but in others, I’ve heard he will play exactly the same team as Saturday so they can prove themselves?
In all honesty, I think we’ll play a similar team to Saturday but with Eboue dropped and Cesc coming in. 20 minutes at the end would suit him better, but I think he may start…
Probable line up:
The bench should be made up of: Fabianski, Eboue, Djourou, Song, Ramsey, Vela and Bendtner.
Just a quick reminder: we have Rosicky, Eduardo, Diaby and Silvestre all injured. That’s another 3 midfielders potentially if you classify Eduardo as one all to come back soon…
I’m off to the game later today, so I hope we will put on a grand performance…