The first team was out in full force on Thursday for members day – but most of them will now be out in Poland preparing for this afternoon’s game. The friendly was set up when we bought Lukas Fabianski and is a good away test for the youngsters, a week and a bit before next Sunday’s premiership opener in Anfield against Liverpool. There will be some time to debate who will be starting at Anfield, but for the moment, we’ve got an exciting friendly ahead of us, so we’ll take a look at who could be playing later today.
Legia Warsaw v Arsenal
The game kicks off at 16:00 and is available on Arsenal TV Online – the usual suspects will most likely have the game on their streams – and normally there is some talk about how to watch the game in the comments section. There will some absentees, namely, the two world cup finalists, in Cesc and Van Persie – captain and vice captain – and there are a few injuries at the moment to some other players. The players (outside of those two aforementioned) who didn’t travel were Arshavin, Song and Diaby. Denilson did travel and so have the rest of the squad who’ve been involved.
For me, Fabianski will start the game, as it’s his turn to prove his worth and of course, because Leigia Warsaw are the club he has come from… My first half line up for today’s game is:
Sagna – Vermaelen – Koscielny – Clichy
Denilson – Nasri
Walcott – Rosicky – Vela
And the second half subs will see this line up:
Eboue – Koscielny – Nordtveit- Gibbs
Frimpong – Lansbury
Walcott – Wilshere- Vela
The other Polish goalkeeper in our ranks getting the second half.
Arsene was in the press after Cesc announcement to talk about the game today and he said this:
“The team who plays tomorrow is not necessarily the team who will start in the Premier League. We have some players, like Arshavin, who have a small muscular problem and we miss Van Persie, Fabregas, Song and Diaby who have not travelled. Both of them will be short. Don’t forget that Fabregas came back yesterday but on Monday he travels to Mexico with Spain to play an international friendly on Wednesday afternoon. So they will come back Thursday afternoon or Friday without any training. I do not know who will be in the squad or not yet. Mentally it is a huge demand to go to the World Cup Final and three weeks later be completely ready again. But they are focused and I will see what is the need of the squad.”
With Cesc and Vela flying off to South America midweek, there is a big disruption to the start of the season. Of course we’re not the only team in this position, but it does leave us wondering who will be back and fit and ready to start the season. Bendtner is of course injured and news from the Q&A on Thursday was that he won’t be back until October. From having so many players and an abundance of strikers – suddenly