Arsene has revealed some early squad news ahead of the game tomorrow and it looks like we'll have a few players out / rested whom we thought may have played. Aaron Ramsey being a strange player to be rested tomorrow as he's not featured in the first team much at all.
Arsene released this statement earlier today:
“Arshavin had eight stitches in his foot but he is still in the squad. We will make a decision tomorrow. He is desperate to be involved. He just wants to play. He couldn’t practice today but we’ll assess him tomorrow morning. Almunia is out – he would not have played anyway but he is a doubt for Saturday. Also Kieran Gibbs will play tomorrow night, Clichy is completely rested. Aaron Ramsey is not in the squad too. At the moment he is growing in stature and a bit tired so we will rest him. Apart from that everybody is in.”
So based on this, plus the fact that Eduardo has a groin strain, both Ade and Cesc are out, we can probably guess tomorrow’s line up with the available players:
Sagna – Djourou – Gallas – Gibbs
Walcott – Song – Diaby – Vela
Bendtner – Van Persie
With Mannone, Eboue, Toure, Denilson, Nasri, Bischoff and Arshavin warming the bench.
Whether Eboue will start ahead of Walcott and whether Nasri could be involved are also options, but I’m sure we’ll find out more tomorrow.
An interesting something something from Arsene after the game on Saturday, whereby he talks about Bendtner and Eboue and how he thought Eboue would never score! Take a read:
“Of course Eboue’s an example for Bendtner. Bendtner will [turn it around] I am not worried about that, I was more worried about Eboue at one stage. Fans want performances and that is the only way we have to respond. I am pleased that Eboue starts to score because it looked to us that he could never score goals. It shows as well the importance of a psychological factor because he scored last week, again this week and could have scored another one. Before that he never looked like scoring so it’s more in their heads sometimes. If he had not scored his goal, and not scored last week, he would not have taken the penalty today and that tells you the importance of confidence. We have already tied up Eboue’s contract – that has been done for a long time.”
Now, when you’re compared to Eboue, you know you’re doing something wrong.