Some people have mentioned that we'd prefer to throw the game away so that Liverpool win - that way it puts more pressure on Man United and ultimately will help us beat them in the Champions League. Realistically, we shouldn’t even think about this whatsoever. For us, we need to finish 3rd or 2nd to automatically qualify for the Champions League as the new rules come into effect as of next season.
If we can beat Liverpool, yes it will hurt our CL chances, but we must go into every game believing and wanted to win. Once you start losing, it can often be hard to stop.
So, today marks the return of Eduardo – he’s in line for his first competitive start as Arsene shuffles the pack. New International amongst other news agencies have said:
Arsenal striker Eduardo is set to make his first start in a Premier League match in fourteen months when the Gunners travel to Liverpool this evening.
The Croatia forward has made just three first-team appearances – two in the FA Cup and another as a substitute in the Champions League – since his leg was broken by Birmingham defender Martin Taylor last February. But with Robin van Persie and Emmanuel Adebayor both ruled out of tonight’s game at Anfield, Eduardo is poised for a starting spot alongside Nicklas Bendtner.
With Walcott due to be rested, it may see Arshavin and Nasri deployed on the wings.
The possible line up for tonight could well be:
Sagna – Toure – Silvestre – Gibbs
Arshavin – Cesc – Song – Nasri
Bendtner – Eduardo
or, if the papers aren’t to be believed and Arsene’s preference for always playing Diaby and trying desperately to play 4-5-1 away from home, which often sees Diaby run around going forward and lose the ball, then we may just see…
Sagna – Toure – Silvestre – Gibbs
Walcott – Cesc – Song – Diaby – Arshavin
With all these injuries and lack of consistent formations, I think Arsene will keep us guessing right up to 7pm tonight!
Before I go, here’s what Arsene said about tonight’s game:
“You never know how teams will respond,” he said. “But I believe you can never say to your team – even if that was the case – take your foot off the pedal because you do not know what kind of consequence a defeat has on the team and the belief.
“I feel it is always better to win your big games because it makes you stronger for the next one. So we will have nothing to do with ‘favourising’ Liverpool or Manchester United because we want to win. It’s a big game and we just want to win it. We have not secured fourth place and we can still be third,” said Wenger. Wednesday night is Chelsea v Everton and you never know, if Chelsea drop points and we play Chelsea at home we can come back on third.
“We just have to accept what happened on Saturday, to deal with it and not repeat it. We have many big games coming up and we feel we can win them.“Winning is what we live for. We cannot be happy with only trying to remain fourth. We want to get closer to the top and have a good opportunity to come back to six points on Liverpool this evening.
“Third place is important, second place is important and why not first? You never know. You do not want to have regrets. We want to win every single game, no matter what competition we play in. Of course we are disappointed having lost in the Semi-Finals of the FA Cup, but we want to bounce back quickly. We have so many important targets in front of us and want to focus on that.”
On a side note, Matty Flamini is trying to tempt Adebayor away from Arsenal to Milan and has been in the press saying:
‘He (Adebayor) is a great player and if he was to move to Milan he would boost us,’ Flamini told Datasport. ‘He was already very strong when he arrived at Arsenal, but he has improved a lot up there, and became one of the best strikers in the world.’
Interesting public tapping up by Matthieu “No Morals” Flamini…
Anyway, bring on the ‘pool, it’s time for another big game…]]>