Morning folks… and we’re just hours away from a very very big game – a derby at home – a West Ham team at the bottom of the table, in desperate need of a win… but of course, we’re in need of the 3 points to start closing the gap at the top of the table. This will be a feisty affair… Off the back of the Man City and the Newcastle game, we are on a bit of a high, similar to before we played West Brom at home. We didn’t do too well that afternoon, and it’s essential that we keep our concentration levels and apply ourselves correctly in all areas.
Team news ahead of the game sees the same injuries as there have been for a while, with Diaby and Almunia still out with their ankle and elbow injuries respectively. Jack Wilshere is serving his final game in his three match suspension and will also miss the game – whilst Vermaelen is still out and may be for a while, whilst Ramsey and Van Persie aren’t quite ready yet… so it’s basically, choose from the following players… my guess at a first XI (which is a harder guess now that we have players back from injury) is:
Sagna – Squillaci – Djourou – Clichy
Song – Denilson
Nasri – Cesc – Arshavin
With a bench of Szcznesy, Koscielny, Eboue, Rosicky, Walcott, Vela, Bendtner
The only change perhaps is that perhaps Walcott may start, Nasri moved in and Denilson on the bench. We’ve got one of the strongest teams available, and just imagine if our whole team was fit – yes, I know it would never happen, but who would start and who would be on the bench? Walcott looked very good against Newcastle and really looks determined this year to do well and improve his game. It’s amazing to see Nasri top the scoring charts with 7 and Walcott weigh in with 6 already this season, and we’re still (just) in October!
Interesting to see Arsene focus on the performance and insist that the team is focused – and also mentioned the bad performance against West Brom.
“It was a lesson learned and it confirms to me that if you are not 100 per cent focused, you will