Games nowadays are coming thick and fast, and the opposition tomorrow is high flying Aston Villa. A win would see them level on point with us, which indicates the good season they're having.
A target of ourselves, Gareth Barry has been very good in the middle of the park this season and with pace down the wings and up front in Young and Agbonlahor and Carew up front, this will be a stern test for our team. Some early teams news from Villa is that Carew has a hip injury, but I think they'll do everything they can to get him fit.
The game against Villa will ultimately tell us whether the win against Man United was a statement of intent or just papering the cracks.
Arsene's spoken about the squad and revealed:
“Adebayor is back in the squad. I will decide (if he plays) tomorrow. Almunia is doing well and has recovered completely.”
And on Rosicky
“The surgery went very well. He should be back with us in six to eight weeks, but that doesn’t mean he will be back playing. He will start training. I think a reasonable delay is to consider the beginning of next year.”
And on Eduardo
“Eduardo is close to full training and should be playing in two to three weeks.”
So looking at tomorrow’s game and looking at the team, I’d expect the starting line up to be the same as that against United. If Ade is fit, I’d expect both Ade and Bendtner to start up front, if not Bendtner and Diaby will most probably start. I’d like to see more of Vela, but I believe having played most of the game against Wigan, he will most probably be on the bench.
So… the line up should be:
In the hole
With Fabianski, Djourou, Toure, Ramsey, Song, Adebayor and Vela on the bench.
I’m not a fan of 4-5-1, but with the games coming thick and fast, it seems like this would be Arsene’s preferred option.
Okay, good luck boys, we need to press on with a win tomorrow… Til then…]]>