Match Preview: Blackburn vs Arsenal

Blackburn Rovers vs Arsenal
Barclays Premier League
Saturday, September 13, 2008, 15:00

So onto the big weekend game and it’s a must win game, even so early on in the same. Arsene believes that we’re going into the games with a good vibe considering Theo’s hattrick, France and Spain and Denmark wins. He’s confident and I hope he’s right…

“Many players had positive experiences on international duty. We have spoken about Theo Walcott, and France won also, where we had three players [Clichy, William Gallas and Bacary Sagna]. Spain won also. Overall the confidence our players got from international games will help, and also that we responded well to defeat at Fulham, with four goals against Twente and three against Newcastle. We have a very good basis to think we can do well [at Blackburn].”

After the Fulham game, we have responded, but to win a title consistency is key and winning away from home is also key. On the injury front, Diaby is still out, possibly for another week or two. Rosicky is stil out despite claims that he would be back in the squad for this weekend. Eduardo may not be back until Christmasnow despite earlier claim he’d also be back sooner. And finally young Nasri is recovering from the injury that kept him out of France’s game midweek. Ooooo and finally summer

With Nasri, Rosicky, Diaby and Eduardo all out, the midfield will virtually pick itself and I can’t see past a foursome of Walcott, Cesc, Denilson and Eboue. At the back, the fivesome of Almunia, Clichy, Sagna, Toure and Gallas would also make sense. Finally up front, Adebayor will surely start after his midweek rest and Van Persie should be fit and raring to go. With Dynamo coming quickly midweek and then Bolton away next weekend, we may need Bendtner start against Blackburn with Van Persie on the bench. If Nasri is back by the Champions League game, he may feature midweek. A little bit of rotation may be required to keep everyone fresh.

Arsene spoke about his team selection and whether Theo would start:

“Will Walcott play? I don’t know. I will have to rotate the squad now. You can’t expect the players who have played for their national teams to play three times in a week. We have a very compact squad and people are interchangeable. I believe he is hungry and he is intelligent. You can be very optimistic. I don’t set any limitations on how far he can go as a player. However, when I arrived in England 11 years ago there were fantastic strikers like Robbie Fowler and Michael Owen and their careers have certainly been damaged by injuries. You always need protection from bad tackles. You never get easier treatment when you’re dangerous.”

So based on all of the above… the predicted line up is…

Almunia
Goalkeeper
 
Sagna
Right Back
Toure
Centre Back
Gallas
Centre Back
Clichy
Left Back
 
Eboue
Right Wing
Denilson
Midfielder
Cesc
Midfielder
Nasri or Walcott
Left Wing
 
  Adebayor
Striker
Bendtner or Van Persie
Support Striker
 

And on the bench, I’d expect Fabianksi, Djourou, Song, either Nasri or Walcott, Ramsey, Vela and either Bendtner or Van Persie.

Come on you Gunners!

And before I go, here’s a round up of non match related news… We’ve been linked with a player called Mineiro who is a free agent after he left Hertha Berlin this summer. Apparently he’s 33 and a defensive midfielder and apparently we’ve offered him a trial… Arsene has been talking about the money in football and how ludicrous it is, take a read on the BBC web site here.

Here’s a classic quote from the article:

“Football is not a supermarket, we have to all understand that.”

Well, folks, I’m off to Birmingham for the weekend, so will be somehow catching the game up north… have a good weekend, and I should be back tomorrow for a summary of the game…

Til then…]]>

  • London Jones

    Arsene mind games? no Arsene just lies!