Arsene took the decision to rest a few players for the midweek fixture against Porto and those rested players should all be back for the game tomorrow. Adebayor and Van Persie will both be back to lead the line, and this is brilliant for one major reason - I won't half to see Niklas "I'm the worst striker in the world ever" Bendtner in action. I say "in action" lightly as there is not much action. I've made it quite clear that there is no place in my mind for Bendtner. He has had his run in the team and really showed us that he's rubbish. Honestly - ask yourself, would you ever see Man U, Liverpool or Chelsea ever have such a player start for them. A player who can't seem to keep the ball, can't seem to pass and rest is just there so we can rest players.
Back to tomorrow's game and in Van Persie and Adebayor, we'll have invention, a bit more desire and two rested players. Also returning will be Captain Fantastic Cesc Fabregas, who is starting to gain some form now and maybe a bit of rest (earlier suspension) and another rest (midweek) and the captaincy have contrived to aid his form.
We'll see Clichy and Sagna come back into the team and that should add some stability to the defence. I also expect Gallas and Djourou to be a little more focused for tomorrow's game...
So the line up should be:
| Van Persie
“We can fight with everybody in Europe and can qualify against anybody,” said the manager. “We will see who we get in the draw, and then look at the Champions League again in February.
“But at the moment it is more important to come back in the title race and be in a good position. We have some time to focus on that now.”
I’m off to Barcelona in a few hours, so the JATmeister will be back to preview / review the game / result and give his views on all things Arsenal… I’ve got the privilege of going to the Nou Camp tomorrow to watch Barcelona vs Real Madrid – I can’t wait!
I’ll be back on Monday, so here’s to fingers crossed for a good result…
Over to you guys…]]>