I hope you’ve all had a very good and relaxing Christmas day and Boxing day and enjoyed some of the football earlier today that saw both Chelsea and Sp*rs draw leaving tomorrow primed for us to beat Villa, who currently sit level on points with us and edge closer to the top of the table. You know we’ve never beaten Villa at the Emirates… time for things to change!
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But back to the game and team news ahead of the Villa game sees Traore return to the squad and he should take his place back in the starting line up. There is no one else back and no news about Cesc, with Arsene unsure about whether the player will be able to play…
“There is still an uncertainty about him. He was supposed to practice on Christmas Eve but he still had some pain in his leg. We did not get him out so we still don’t know if he will be available for the squad or not. It is 50:50. He is a very influential player and a great player too so I want him to be with us.”
Looking at the players available, I think we’ll start with the following line up (my thinking is that Cesc won’t make it back)…
Sagna – Gallas – Vermalen – Traore
Song – Denilson
Walcott – Diaby – Nasri
With a bench of Fabianski, Silvestre, Eboue, Wilshere, Ramsey, Eduardo and Vela.
We’ve not beaten Villa at the Grove and we lost to them last season – they’re a bit of a bogey team for us and I’d really like to get one over them. It will be a tough one but I think we can do and in fact, we must – it’s a home game, there is no room to drop points at this stage of the season having dropped so many already!
Okie dokie, let’s see if Wolves can add another nail into the Liverpool coffin and let’s hope Cesc is fit to start tomorrow…
Come on you Gooners!