It’s been a weekend full of… well as an Arsenal fan, nothing much! We can’t really influence anything, change anything or basically make a difference to the Premiership for the rest of the season. If the Man City game is anything to go by then the momentum has surely gone out of our season.
We’ve got Blackburn tomorrow evening, and if the Sunderland game is anything to go by, Blackburn will get their studs in and get dirty – they don’t really care what happens as it’s the end of the season… But on the other hand, if things go our way, it could be a very exciting end to end game… No matter, we’ll all be tuning in at 5pm, sharp!!
In team news, Arsene revealed that Djourou and Gibbs will be in the squad, but doubts they get any pitch time “unless required”… Van Persie, Bendtner, Eduardo and Vela are all fit and should be involved too, as are most of the usual lot, with the only absentees those known (Cesc, Denilson, Arshavin, Gallas and Vermaelen)… Arsene has also said it’s unlikely he’ll introduce any youngsters into the squad at this time (Eastmond is now consider a first teamer) and considering the injuries this season, it would be good to see some first teamers.
Arsene being Arsene will most likely keep faithful to his 4-3-3 (4-5-1) formation with Van Persie as a lone striker… My personal opinion is that you play 4-3-3 with three strikers, so if Arsene plays two midfielders and a striker, then it’s actually 4-5-1…
What Arsene will play:
Sagna – Campbell – Silvestre – Clichy
Diaby – Song
Walcott – Nasri – Rosicky
What I’d love to see:
Eboue – Campbell – Silvestre – Clichy
Rosicky – Song – Nasri
Van Persie – Bendtner – Eduardo
We’ll have to wait until tomorrow afternoon, but I can’t wait for the day we play those three together!
Arsene did say he is keen on winning:
“Well we had those disappointing results at Tottenham and at Wigan. Unfortunately that is where we lost the title. With five games to go, we were in a very strong position. I believe if we had won at Tottenham, then we would have been level with Chelsea today. And that of course brings immense regrets. But to be faithful to what we have done during the season it is important that we finish well, first to be in the top three, then be as close as possible to the top teams.”
I’ll be back tomorrow with a bit more about the season so far, the squad, the rest of the premiership, the transfers and of course the game!