Maybe a bit of concentration will help a little.
Okay, maybe I've got to let Wednesday night's result go and be positive, but it's a strange one when it comes to suddenly being all positive and cheering the team on when they've performed like they have against the teams such as Hull, Fulham, Sunderland and of course Sp*rs. Arsene's called for more support and says we need to believe in this team. He says the team was close last season with 83 points, but we've lost Gilberto and Flamini from our side. Players that would have kept the score at 4-2 with a minute or two to go.
Anyway, it's time to re-focus on the next game, and whilst Stoke at the Brittania will be a hard game, it is a game we should definitely win.
Stoke City v Arsenal
Barclays Premier League, Britannia Stadium
Saturday, November 01, 2008, 15:00
We travel to Stoke without William Gallas and Emmanuel Eboue who have both picked up injuries. In one way, did Arsene think, “the defence isn’t working, so let’s try Silvestre and Gallas” and that backfired and now it’s the turn of Toure and Djourou? It’s plausible! It was strange to see Silvestre in ahead of Toure considering reports hag suggested he was awesome in training and the fittest central defender in the squad.
Anyway, back to tomorrow’s game and let’s take a look at the manager’s preview.
“It looks like Gallas will be out and maybe Eboue too. We’ll assess him tomorrow.
“It is a little recurrence of the hamstring for William and for Manu it is his knee. He is not running properly at the moment. He still has pain there.”
So, the line up could well be:
| Van Persie
With Fabianski, Silvestre, Ramsey, Denilson, Nasri, Vela, Bendtner on the bench.
I think we’d line up a 4-4-2 which can turn itself into a 4-5-1 with Van Persie slotting in on the left and the Diaby playing more central. Nasri may be on the bench as Arsene opts for his away game strategy.
Whatever the formation, a win is paramount.]]>