Tomorrow, we take on Wigan at the Emirates in a clash that is so important to our season it's ridiculous. But of course, that's where we find ourselves in. A loss to Wigan would end our title challenge once and for all, but a win tomorrow and then another against Middlesborough and followed up with a final one against Liverpool would see us push on a little.
Arsenal v Wigan Athletic
Barclays Premier League, Emirates Stadium
Saturday, December 06, 2008, 15:00
Tomorrow’s game is a game we know we can win – heck, our under 21′s beat Wigan in the Carling Cup 3-0! So we need to believe in ourselves and go into the game with the correct mentality. A win so vital for a season.
Gallas is an injury doubt for tomorrow, with a calf strain as is Djourou with a hip injury. Toure, on the other hand is back from injury and may find himself paired with Silvestre at the back.
In midfield, with Walcott, Eboue, Diaby and Rosicky all out, I’d expect to see Nasri, Denilson, Song and Fabregas deployed, with Van Persie and Ade up front.
The line up should be:
| Van Persie
And I think we’ll have Fabianski, Djourou, Gibbs, Ramsey, Wilshere, Vela and Bendtner on the bench.
It’s been a week where people have laboured for news stories. The “I almost joined Arsenal” story from Cristiano Ronaldo came out again and we’ve been linked with moves for Haageland of Fulham, whilst Gallas is supposed on his way to Milan…
Arsene has spoken about William Gallas and had this to say:
“My desire is clear, I want him to stay of course. Of course [I am sure he will stay]. I have given you information there by telling you I want him to stay and it is because I have spoken about that with William. The problem in the modern game is that you always have to fight against an environment that attempts to destabilise you just by creating news. I cannot fight against that, I can only give what we want inside the Club. We want to keep William with us because he is an important player in the squad and what other people try to provoke, or try to put out in the media, we cannot master. It doesn’t change my mind and in the end I will decide that.”
So, that’s clear, Gallas for sale, £1m bargain.
Thanks for all for your patience this week whilst I’ve been battling to keep the blog alive.
Good luck to the team tomorrow, should be a super game!