Tomorrow, it's all about us and all about Roma.
Arsene has confirmed that Kolo Toure, Samir Nasri, Denilson, Theo Walcott and Eduardo are all included in the squad and on the plane (which should have landed a long time ago, actually, we should be training by now)...
“From Sunday, we have no new injuries. Kolo Toure should come back into the squad and should be fit to start. Samir Nasri and Denilson are in too. Mikael Silvestre is available again too but he is not in the squad because he just came back yesterday.”
So, at the back, we’ll have a choice between our three centre back and as Arsene has said he’s fit to start, I’d expect to see both Toure and Gallas paired at the back. In midfield, we have a good choice of players. I’d expect us to play 4 – 5 – 1 and we can choose from Song, Denilson, Diaby, Walcott, Eboue, Nasri and Vela – as well as one of Van Persie or Eduardo if we did play both.
I’d expect the following line up:
Sagna – Toure – Gallas – Clichy
Eboue – Denilson – Song – Diaby – Nasri
With Fabianski, Djourou, Gibbs, Walcott, Vela, Eduardo and Bendtner on the bench
Having four attacking options on the bench may be too much and Ramsey may sneak his way on too. Suddenly it feels like we have a lot more strength in depth.
Talking about Roma, Walcott was asked if he was worried about a potential clattering in future games, and he said this:
“That’ll definitely be good for me really. Even though I know how weird that sounds.
“In training with Arsenal, you obviously don’t want to injure your own players so you tend to be a little softer but matchdays are totally different.
“Overall it feels fine. I still haven’t experienced getting clattered yet so that’s the next test. But if that that happens the new doctor has come from a rugby background. He has dealt with two dislocated shoulders a year and he said, touch wood, I’ll be OK.
“The fans gave me a big boost with a good reception on Sunday. It was a brilliant game to come in to. Hopefully I will try and get into that starting line up again. I am just looking forward to another experience in Italy now.”
“Look at Eduardo. He has been out for a very long time and he’s mentally very strong. I have learned from watching him while he has been injured, how well he took everything in and how he smiles when he comes in every day. So I am happy for him.
“As for his finishing, that is ridiculous. It is unbelievable to watch in training. He hasn’t lost his touch and he never will. He is going to score many more like that one on Sunday I hope.
“He’s a brilliant finisher and we’ve missed that. I think that goal was the best finish I have seen this year so I am very happy for him.”
And do you want to know something uber uber funny? Adebayor thinks he is one of the greatest players in the world. Personally I think we should loan him to Grimsby and teach the Togan a lessen or two. But wait, with Van Persie, Eduardo, Vela, Walcott and Bendtner all fit, will Adebayor actually get back into the side?
Have a listen to what Ade said:
“I knew that Milan and Barcelona were interested in me, but in the end I chose Arsenal. Arsenal are a club that I want to repay with important victories for having allowed me to become one of the great players in world football. I find myself well here, even if, as I say in life, you can never know what will happen in the future.”
Boy this guy should have been a stand up comedian. Ade will have to go back to the Ade we all started to like, a player who gives a cr*p about the game, a player who hussled every ball and has the desire to win… Anyway…
Let’s forward to the game tomorrow, I’ll have a proper Roma preview…]]>