The first big match of the season, Porto aside. We've not played the likes of Chelsea, United or Liverpool yet, so Sp*rs are the next one that we all love to play.
Arsenal v Sp*rs
Barclays Premier League, Emirates Stadium
Wednesday, October 29, 2008, 20:00
News over the weekend was that Harry Redknapp has taken over as manager. My good old mate JAT questioned the timely fashion. Knowing that we could have really muled the Ramos side 6-0 or 7-0, the appointment of Redknapp in time for this game was quite preventative to such a score-line, but nevertheless we WILL win this one, oh yes.
With the 5-1 of last year still fresh in our minds, it’s time to take revenge on a side who lie bottom of the table. If we could conceivably put a nail in the coffin of what is Sp*rs premiership existence, I would be a happy man.
Arsene has talked about the appointment of Redknapp and had this to say:
“I believe what is important tomorrow is how well Arsenal will play and not who sits on the bench at Tottenham. We have put a run together and that has strengthened our belief. We want now to go from strength to strength – we have come back to an interesting position in the league and we are highly convinced that it will be down to our strengths tomorrow more than anything else.”
I simply can’t wait for tonight’s game. And Arsene does agree… it’s a bit special.
“I believe if there is one game that is a bit special, it is Tottenham versus Arsenal so I don’t think that will change a lot. Certainly in the longer term future it will change things for Tottenham, the fact that Harry has taken over, but I believe in tomorrow’s specific game it is more about how well we will play and I believe that is more important than anything else. I am very confident because we have a very strong united spirit in the dressing room and we want to do well. We have shown that in recent games, we won at Fenerbahce, we won at West Ham, we have beaten Everton in a convincing way and we want to keep that going.”
We have to get the three points tonight, it’s a must win. We’re currently four points behind Liverpool and it’s essential that we claw some points back. Albeit, a home game is a always a must win. Robin Van Persie can’t wait for the game either and he’s been in the press too.
“I don’t know and I honestly don’t care. The game against Tottenham is one on its own and it’s a big one, irrespective of where they are in the table.”
That’s what I like to hear…
So on to team news. We’ve got Denilson back in the squad and Toure should be fit to start. With Silvestre, Diaby and Bendtner all returning, it’s going to be more difficult to predict the team and more difficult to contain all the players. I’d expect Toure to return along side Gallas and I also expect Song to maintain his place, with Denilson just recovered from an inf lammed back. With Silvestre starting both games, I’d expect him to be on the bench ahead of Djourou, although I really do think Djourou should be ahead of Silvestre in the pecking order. With Sagna back in the squad for the West Ham game, I’d expect him to take his place is the first XI with Eboue on the bench.
Okay, so this is what the line up could be tonight:
| Van Persie
With Fabianski, Silvestre, Denilson, Diaby, Eboue, Vela, Bendtner on the bench.
Okay, brace yourselves… it’s going to be some game tonight.]]>