Arsenal v Fenerbahce
UEFA Champions League, Emirates Stadium
Wednesday, November 05, 2008, 19:45
So tonight we will take on the mighty Fenerbahce. A game that is much more difficult than it seems. Yes, we did beat them 5-2 in Turkey, but that game could have ended up 5-5, so we have to be sharp to ensure we win this game.
With injuries to Adebayor, Walcott, Eboue and Gallas and long term injuries to Rosicky and Eduardo, our first XI against Fenerbahce will pick itself. Sagna has recovered, but is likely to start on the bench and readied for Saturday as he’s not 100% fit.
The squad will comprise of:
Almunia, Fabianski, Sagna, Toure, Silvestre, Djourou, Clichy, Diaby, Fabregas, Nasri, Denilson, Ramsey, Song, van Persie, Vela, Bendtner, Wilshere, Gibbs, Randall.
Even though Almunia has been questionable in the last two games, it’s unlikely he’d be dropped. With Sagna unlikely to be risked, we’ll finally see Djourou, something all of us have wanted for quite a while now. Our line up should be, well, will most probably be:
| Van Persie
With Fabianski, Gibbs, Sagna, Ramsey, Denilson, Wilshere and Vela on the bench.
Albeit, I’d probably think about resting Clichy, Almunia and Cesc, and putting in Fabianski, Gibbs and Wilshere, allowing Diaby to play inside and Wilshere on the left. That’s what’s rotation is all about, not leaving out all your creative players…. (ahem, stop thinking about it!).
Arsene has reflected on the need to qualify today and said:
“I believe that once you qualify in the Champions League you can be completely focused and, if needed, rest some players in the Champions League. That is why for us, it is important to qualify as quickly as possible, especially as we didn’t win our last game. We had two bad experiences recently and that is why it is important to come back to winning ways and to qualify. We have not been efficient recently with our results in the last two games and that is why it is important to come back and win.”
And Bendtner seems to somewhat agree:
“It has been going a little badly but we are ready to bounce back. Whether it is a Champions League game or a Premier League game it doesn’t really matter. If we win and Dynamo Kiev do as well then we have automatically qualified so that is a good fact for us to get belief from. It would be a boost to know you are qualified so you don’t have that on your mind. Then we can be really focused on the Premier League. At times we could have done better but we have already shown that when you have a little dip you can stand up strong in the next games. If we do win them we will come out even stronger.”
Good luck boys, let’s qualify tonight and then get ready for United.]]>