The curse of a blogger occurred yesterday in full force as the blog "ins and outs" were written nice and tidily - only for a host of announcements to follow contradicting pretty much 70% of the thoughts of yesterday's blog... so...
Arsenal v Manchester City
Barclays Premier League, Emirates Stadium
Saturday, April 04, 2009, 15:00
Tomorrow sees us take on Manchester City at the Emirates, raring to avenge the early season defeat at the reverse fixture, and good news is that we have Cesc, Ade and Theo back in the squad. Bad news is that we’ve got RVP, Eduardo (who suffered a very surprising injury – a groin injury – which is also strange because he supposedly picked it up with 10 minutes to go and wasn’t substituted!) and Diaby are out… And to top all of that off, we’ve also got Nasri and Vela out due to the flu and fatigue respectively.
If you’ve heard Arsene speak about the injuries, you’ll be surprised to hear that Nikki B informed Arsene of his condition by text, how very modern… surely a phone call to discuss the injury / fitness would have been more appropriate…
“We have lost Robin van Persie for a groin problem. We have also lost Eduardo through a groin problem, he picked it up after 80 minutes in the Croatian game. We lose as well Abou Diaby with a thigh problem that he picked up in France in training. We might lose Nasri too because he came back with flu and could not practice today.
“So three players are out and there is a question mark over Nasri. But Fabregas, Adebayor and Walcott are all back and available in the squad. Nicklas texted us last night and said everything was alright with him. But Carlos Vela, I count out because he lands on Friday morning at 10.30am. However if needed he can be in the squad.”
Okay, now that we know who can / cannot play tomorrow, we can finally have a go at some sort of potential line up… here goes:
Sagna – Toure – Gallas – Clichy
Eboue – Denilson – Cesc – Arshavin
Adebayor – Bendtner
I’d expect Walcott to start on the bench as he’s most probably going to be very important for Tuesday with Arshavin illegible, but then again, I may be totally wrong… So the bench should look like: Fabianski, Gibbs, Djourou, Song, Ramsey, Wilshere and Walcott.
A few other things to discuss today – firstly – my thoughts and the thoughts of many other fans out there go to the 19 people who unfortunately died at Ivory Coast’s World Cup Qualifier against Malawi. Aweful stuff, and utterly pain staking and shocking. Of course, Toure and Eboue were there and I wonder how that would affect them mentally before the game – it’s a lot to take in.
And in other news… Arsene has been discussing his “points for goals” idea – I’ll touch more on that soon – but I’m a fan of the 2 points for a score draw, 1 for a 0-0. And Barcelona have been in the news again tapping up Cesc – I’ll touch more on that one soon too!
For today, I’ll leave you with a bit of Almunia optimism… I’d have to say, you’ve definitley g’d me up for tomorrow’s game Manuel…
“People should be optimistic about our form. We realise how strong we can be and the players are mentally better, more aggressive and everything is improving now as players coming back. With eight games left in the league, we are trying to do great things. In the rest of the competitions, we have the same possibilities as the others. We will try to bring the supporters good moments because they deserve it.”