Tomorrow sees the biggest game that the Emirates has ever seen... it's the semi final of the Champions League and a real opportunity to make it to the final. New coming in from the Arsenal camp is that Robin Van Persie is fit and ready to start against Man United tomorrow. Of course, Gallas, Clichy and Eduardo are all injured, and Arshavin is illegible, but apart from those four players, we have a full compliment for tomorrow’s game. Silvestre hasn’t recovered fully from the groin injury, but is included in the squad.
“Robin van Persie is available and back in the squad. Mikael Silvestre is in the squad aswell but he still has a little groin problem. We’ll assess that tomorrow. In a game like this, you want everybody available to give you an opportunity to make a decision.”
Looking at the team news, with Diaby, Nasri, Cesc, Ade, Almunia and Toure all rested on the weekend, you’d expect them all to start. I really hope the boss goes for a 4-4-2 and I would have thought we’d have a middle two of Cesc and Denilson or Cesc or Song if he did go for a 4-4-2 which makes me a little confused to why he started both Denilson and Song and didn’t even include Diaby in the squad.
Talking about formations, Arsene says he’d like to play a 4-4-2 if possible, but it all depends on who is available.
[Against Porstmouth] “We started in a 4-4-2. I think it looked more threatening and we looked more comfortable. But when you play Walcott on the right you play more 4-3-1-2 anyway. He is a winger not a midfielder so you have to balance the side to be a bit more defensive. Also, if Fabregas plays behind the striker, the striker looks to be a little isolated so you have to get the balance of the team right. No matter who starts, what is important is that everybody is focused so they can come on and help the team to qualify. That’s what we have to produce on Tuesday night – the game worthy of a Semi-Final. We have to make it hard for them.”
Well, let’s try and second guess Mr Wenger… my choice would be:
Sagna – Toure – Djourou – Gibbs
Walcott – Cesc – Denilson – Nasri
Adebayor – Van Persie
But who do I really think Arsene will play? I don’t know, as you can see from the above quotes, it’s all a little cryptic.
News from Walcott is that the team is buzzing and quite excited for tomorrow’s game, so finger’s crossed, we can produce some sort of performance…
Young Theo said:
“Man United is the biggest game of our careers,” said the 20-year-old. “It’s massive and I think we can do it as well. We have a lot of experience in the Champions League and hopefully, we can create some chances. “We have to believe that we can get the result. Hopefully the performance against Portsmouth will spur us on as well. A lot of players didn’t travel there on Saturday and that will help us. “Everyone is buzzing, we cannot wait and we’re on our own pitch, in front of our own fans. That will be crucial and hopefully, we can do it for them because they have been excellent for us this season”
Personally, I’m a bag of nerves, but definitely very excited.
More team news very soon…]]>