As Arsene rightly put it, the focus has to be on tomorrow’s game… if you haven’t already, check out the preview here. One thing that is certain is that Arsene is focussing all his attention on tomorrow’s game and it’s essential that he does that and that the team does that. I would be a fool if I thought Arsene hadn’t been thinking or planning for Barcelona, but in reality, we’ve worked so hard to get here – two points off the top with all top teams having played that same number of games – that it would be foolish to throw it all away on one game.
Arsene was in the press today saying this:
“I don’t choose at the moment. I think the League for me is the most important. Birmingham is the absolute priority for me.”
And you’ve got to agree with his view. There is no point resting players on Saturday – potentially inviting the loss of points – to put all your eggs in one very hard basket. If we win tomorrow, it will put us in good stead for the Barcelona games. And you never know, United and Chelsea may continue to drop points. One thing is for certain, is that next weekend, one of them definitely will, and both may as United and Chelsea go head to head.
And for that reason, it’s likely that Arsene will field a slightly stronger squad than I previously thought, and there is also good news regarding Niklas Bendtner, whom seems to have recovered from his injury and should start tomorrow. The line up looking like:
Sagna- Campbell – Song – Clichy
Denilson – Diaby
Nasri– Cesc – Arshavin
With a bench of Fabianski, Eboue, Silvestre, Eastmond, Rosicky, Walcott, Eduardo
With the exception of Gallas, Vermaelen and Van Persie, it’s the strongest that we can field… and talking about defenders…
…three of our players, noteably all defenders – in Gallas (32), Campbell (36) and Silvestre (32) – are nearing the end of their contracts and Arsene has confirmed none of the three players