As the afternoon gets closer to evening, team news is currently being revealed. It looks like Arsene will start with the same four defenders that finished the game against Everton. Actually, Arsene said that the full team that ended the last game would start tonight.
“It is a big night for us. They have dropped many points already in the Champions League and it is important to start in the right way so we don’t give them the needed confidence. I am not worried about the atmosphere but we have to play to dictate our game. We don’t have a team who is built to defend more than attack. We will play. We will want to attack. We can not lose any more defenders that is for sure.But we will start with the team that finished the game against Everton.”
With that in mind, Nasri was substituted for Diaby in the second half, so the proposed line up could be:
Eboue – Song – Silvestre – Clichy
Walcott – Cesc – Diaby – Van Persie
What the boss didn’t say is which formation he will use tonight, but it’s quite clear that the 11 players that finished the game against Everton would fit into Arsene’s 4-1-4-1 European away game formation.
It should be an interesting game tonight – I believe it will be a great game of football… Fenerbahce in Turkey… and they do boast some well known players… Arsene spoke about their team:
“I feel Fenerbahce are a team who have not had the best start. But they still have top class players in every position. They have a lot of offensive potential because they have many Brazilians in their squad. Also they have players who have played in England like Emre and Colin Kazim-Richards. Then there is Daniel Guiza, who plays for Spain, and Roberto Carlos.Also they have a remarkable player for the final ball – Alex. He is very good at the final solution.You expect them to put us under pressure with their offensive play so you have to defend well against a team like that.”
Arsene has also called upon Mikael Silvestre to use his experience and be the defensive leader, whilst appointing Almunia as captain ahead of Cesc, much to the angst of many… including me…
More on the Cesc for 3rd choice captain soon…
But for now… good luck boys!]]>