Tonight it's all about youth - Arsene and Arsenal are a massive advocate of having a fruitful youth academy and have worked hard to bring in and train the youngsters in the mould of Arsenal's style of football.
This season, there have been some epics matches and victories, such as the double header against Man City and of course the win against Tottenham which saw the academy win the league. It's a testimony to the work done at the club that the kids are doing so well and Arsene is confident this group will break into the first team sooner rather than later.
The line up tonight may see Henri Lansbury restored into the line up having missed the previous game, and he's set to line up alongside Emmanuel Frimpong who has been one of the stars of the youth run this season, the predicted line up is:
Eastmond – Bartley – Ayling – Cruise
Lansbury – Frimpong – Coquelin – Wilshere
Thomas – Sunu
Sunu may get the nod ahead of Sachez Watt, but both are quite deserving of their selection in the starting – you may see Lansbury on the bench if form throws Watt into the team.
Frimong is a good friend with Thomas Ince, who players for Liverpool (Paul Ince’s son) and will go up head to head with him in midfield.
“I’m going to be playing against Thomas because he plays just off the striker. I’ll be facing him during the game and I’m hope that I can play better than him and stop him playing for Liverpool. I have played with him in the same England team – that’s how I know him. He’s always texting me about the game, when I’m sleeping or when I’m waking up in the morning I’ll get a message saying ‘see you there!’ He is giving me something to look forward to and hopefully I can keep him quiet on the day.”
Frimpong was named on the bench against Portsmouth, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see more of him next season.
It’s going to be an exciting game – tickets are available for the game (can be bought at the stadium), which will be held at the Emirates and are only £5 for adults and £2 for children, so if you’re not doing anything, go down and support the kids!
Good luck boys!