Manchester United (Away)
I’m going to make the bold step of presuming that we will beat Middlesborough, Portsmouth and Stoke and then look at the options of what happens if we beat Chelsea and United.
At the moment we’re on 62 points. If we beat Chelsea and United we’ll be on 77 points for the end of the season… where will that put us at the end of the season?
- West Ham (Away)
- Fulham (Home)
- Arsenal (Away)
- Blackburn (Home)
- Sunderland (Away)
Now, let’s say they lost to us, but beat Blackburn and Sunderland and draw to West Ham and Fulham, that would see them pick up 8 more points and that would see them finish on 76 points. Sometimes, I wonder why I write the “what if”, or “maybe, this could happen” blogs – I’m a bit of an optimist, but it could happen, you never know.
Looking ahead to the next BIG game (not taking for granted the big game this weekend against Middlesborough… we face Manchester United and we could have a completely different team available for selection by then. Looking at the injuries, it’s definite that Djourou and Clichy will be back for the game with Almunia a 50:50 (let’s say he does make it) and then we’ll have both Van Persie and Adebayor back too.
Let’s compare the two teams… one that played against Liverpool and the one that could play against Man United:
Liverpool vs Arsenal
Sagna – Toure – Silvestre – Gibbs
Nasri – Denilson – Cesc – Song – Arshavin
Man United vs Arsenal
Sagna – Toure – Djourou – Clichy
Walcott – Song – Cesc – Nasri
Adebayor – Van Persie
It’s a much more exciting and experienced line up next week than this week, and if the team I suggested does play, we will have a real chance of nicking something at Old Trafford.
I’d expect us to rest as many of the team as possible against Middlesborough in order to have a fresh team on Wednesday – I’d expect to see Sagna rested, with Eboue coming in, I’d expect to see Bendtner and Eduardo up front with Arshavin and Vela on the wings and maybe Denilson and Diaby in the middle.
Arsene spoke on this:
“I am not happy with our defending but I believe that our defence has played many games and they were a bit jaded physically. We cannot change many players, especially at the back. Offensively we have a bit more choice but at the back we haven’t got too much