Evening guys… it’s Champions League Wednesday today and tonight it’s a clash between our beloved Arsenal and AZ Alkmaar at the Emirates. I’m still on my US tour, so won’t be around to watch or comment on the game (I’m boarding a flight in a couple of hours, so by the time I land, the game will be over)… so I am relying on some detailed info in the comments section!
Team news ahead of the game sees both Tomas Rosicky and Samir Nasri named in the squad, along side Eduardo, Van Persie and Arshavin, which means that it’s going to be hard to predi who will start tonight. Of course, the news that Clichy is out until the end of the year is a big blow – our back four was looking semi settled. But of course, having Kieran Gibbs in reserve is a thing not many other clubs have – and Traore in reserve for Gibbs.
Although we drew our last, a home win and an away win already in the competition means that depending on other results, a win tonight could see us qualify for the next round and the game, being at the Emirates, may allow us to rotate the squad a little, but not too much.
Here’s my team prediction:
Eboue – Gallas – Vermaelen – Gibbs
Ramsey – Diaby
Arshavin – Cesc – Eduardo
With a bench of Mannone, Silvestre, Senderos, Song, Sagna, Rosicky and Nasri.
I’m not I’m not 100% correct as I haven’t managed to get an indication of whether Arsene wants to try Nasri out from the start or bring him on later on in the game. Arsene spoke pre match and summarised tonight’s game…
“I still believe AZ have a substantial chance to go through [from Group H]. At Olympiacos I felt they were unlucky to lose the game.
“I watched this game carefully and they were a bit unlucky. They had the best chances, good