Arsenal vs Sp*rs Preview

Today I sit in the room of the groom as we prepare him for the big day US style. It’s about midnight here which means that it’s about 4am back home. In 8 hours everyone will either be at the game or watching /listening to the game and I’ll be attempting to find an Irish pub somewhere in the vicinity of Long Island.

Tomorrow’s game will be a very exciting  game indeed – it always is when Sp*rs come to town. Team news sees a host of players injured with Tomas Rosicky and Theo Walcott both out as well Carlos Vela and Jack Wilshere. Fabianksi got injured in the last game and he will be out for about 3 weeks. The team will most probably be:

Almunia

Sagna – Gallas – Vermaelen – Clichy

Song – Diaby

Eboue – Cesc – Arshavin

Van Persie

The boss spoke before the game and said:

“I always look forward to big games,” he said. “But we are in a strong position in the League and, above the derby, what is more important for me is to win the game because we want to win the title.

“I do not consider too much that we play Tottenham. I consider we can take three points to be in a stronger position in the League. That’s much more important.”

Talking about the 4-4 draw at the Emirates last season, the boss continued:

“It’s difficult to know what the impact was,” said the Frenchman on Friday with a little more circumspection. “It was a big disappointment but overall I think we played well.

“At that time they had just changed the manager. Harry Redknapp was in one of his first games and Tottenham were like one of those teams who had a new manager, they kept going and kept going and they did well to come back.

“It took us some time to recover from that and you suffer more when you think you have won the game and the team comes back.

“It was like at West Ham last week I suppose. But at the end of the day we can say we didn’t deserve to win at Fulham [earlier this season] and we won. We got a draw at West Ham when we should have won. That’s part of the game. What is important is that we win the game tomorrow.”

And the boss also took time out to speak about whether Tottenham are a big club and whether they are bigger than Arsenal…

“How do you measure the dimension of a club?” Wenger asked himself. “Success, exactly.

“So if you look at success historically they have a lot of work to do. We have been 12 consecutive years in the Champions League so once they have done that they can say, of course, that they are similar.

“You can never say they’ll never bridge the gap. They have the potential, and the supporters. They are a big club. But what comes next is the consistency of achievement. At the moment nobody would deny that Arsenal is in front of them.”

It’s a very diplomatic answer from the boss. He really doesn’t want Sp*rs to have any success and tomorrow he will hope to put one nail in their coffin… Come on you Gooners!

  • Debs

    Apparently Mannone is in goal. Can he handle it? Massive game today. Ramsey starts as well, along with Robin and Eboue.

  • zaheer

    is lennon playing?

  • sam

    Well said by AW. You have to be very inteligent to come up with “dimensions of a club”!
    Let’s hope for cracking game where we kick some Sp*rs ass.
    Go Gunners.

  • Fabrez

    Debs…Almunia starts! I’m not suprised at all really. No Lennon Zaheer. So excited!

  • Pete

    Next round of Carling Cup has been drawn. Arsenal play Man City at City of Manchester Stadium.

  • Debs

    Thank God for Almunia! But damn! We’ve got City away in the Carling Cup quarters! Wish it was at the Emirates!

  • Fabrez

    Yeah Pete! Crazy stuff! Not feeling for City…will be interesting that tie. Bendtner, RvP and Arsh lead the line for 2day it seems…

  • Pete

    Why why WHY does the stream ALWAYS fail right before the game :-( lol Hate not having Sky.

    Am hopeful for todays game. As long as we’re all switched on then we can win this.

    Enjoy the game guys :)

  • Fabrez

    Yeah debs…was so so hoping for that home tie!

  • Fabrez

    At least the guys will hve loads of confidence if they win…we shud b able to beat any1 after that in the Cup! And same 2 u Pete! Shud b a cracker!

  • Debs

    Anyone feeling the nerves? I am, big time. Well excited though! Such a shame, Pete. But you can listen to live commentary on five live and ATVO!

  • Pete

    RvP scores!!!! 1-0 Arsenal :D

  • Pete

    2-0!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Cesc scores!!!!

  • Pete

    Within a minute of scoring our first goal, Fabregas doubles our lead!!!

  • devday