Wigan vs Arsenal Preview…

So off the high which was the Chelsea game and of course, the result, we move on Wigan, tonight, less than 48 hours after finishing off at the Emirates and it’s absolutely vital, beyond all vitalness – i.e. SUPER VITAL that we win up north today. And star of the show, Theo Waclott, talked about the super duper vitalness of winning tonight:

“We can’t dwell on this result. We could be disappointed if we win against Chelsea and then lose at Wigan. All the fans, you could sense the atmosphere, the fans were right up for it, just like the players were and we just didn’t let Chelsea play. We were ready and wanted to do it for our fans because in recent years we let them down in these big matches and we just need to build on that now.”

Super duper stuff.

And with 2 games in 48 hours and Cesc suspended after picking up his fifth card, I suspect changes and quite a few. I’d expect to see Squillaci in place of Djourou, Eboue in place of Sagna, Diaby and Denilson in place of Song & Wilshere and Rosicky, Arshavin & Chamakh all back in the fray.

My line up tonight is:

Fabianski

Eboue – Squillaci – Koscielny – Clichy

Denilson – Diaby

Nasri – Rosicky – Arshavin

Chamakh

With a bench of Szcznesy, Djourou, Sagna, Song,  Walcott, Van Persie and Bendtner That’s what I think anyway!! I may be completely wrong! What the team showed against Chelsea is that desire and application combined equal a result – no fear, just play, keep to the core values of your game and you can win.

Arsene spoke ahead of the game and said:

“Chelsea was big because of the table but also because of the future of the team. It was a big psychological hurdle.  We hope we can move on and become even stronger. It keeps us in touch with the top teams and it can strengthen the belief that we will have a word to say in this title race. Let’s see if we can turn up on Wednesday night now – that will be very useful.”

I’ll leave that at that tonight… I’ll be back for the second half, until then… adios!

  • ZimGooner

    For once I agree with Andy Gray when after the 3 – 1 gunning down of Chelsea he admitted that Walcott is a great player. However, he said Theo needs to play more games for him to reach his full potential. History has also taught us that there is no room for big egos and complacency. We have to treat every match with due respect as if it’s the world cup final. Wigan isn’t gonna be a walk over so it’s full gun powder. Bang bang bang bang! I predict a 4 – 1 victory to The Arsenal.

  • theusualsuspect

    A lot depends on the maturity of the players tonight and their willingness to learn from past mistakes…….if we remain 100% focused and committed then we should be taking the 3pts back to london tonight however if we get complacent after monday night then a kick to the bollox is on its way for the players. Arrogance and complacency is even obvious amongst the fans as some are already looking ahead to the brum game at the weekend…….never look ahead further than your next game and concentrate on that instead of surmising over what result we would need in brum to be top new years day

    Personally I doubt rvp will start and I would guess that sagna, theo and even song might be rested – does that smack of arrogance from the manager then cos it suggests that he is already looking beyond this game ? Overall I suppose you have to consider the fact that it is only 48 hours since the last game and in todays world players simply cannot be asked to play 2 games in such a short space of time If it was down to me I would pick the same team again if possible with the exception of arshavin replacing suspended cesc and nasri moving back to cesc’s position…….we need to get a run of consistant form going and the best way of doing that is to get a settled team in place

  • melvyn

    I’ve thought this for a long time but I have to say that it was finally confirmed to me about 22:34 last night; Chelsea fans irritate me more than any other.

    I’m not knocking all Chelsea supporters. I’m sure that there are some nice ones out there. This fella on the Chelsea Daft blog seems like a reasonable bloke. He even gives us some credit.

    But most of the others (not on that blog in particular) are just bitter wankers.

    You have to admit that their recent silverware collection is quite impressive but with that trophy haul the Chelsea fans have developed a very arrogant attitude. Fuck knows why. They were fuck-all until a Russian gangster saved them from extinction.

    To be truthful I’d have thought that maybe they would be a little more humble considering they were on the brink of going more skint than MC Hammer. I might have thought being humble would have been a good option after being outplayed for 90 minutes and soundly beaten, but no. The arrogance and bitterness still shone through.

    Especially at 22:34 last night.

    I have to hold my hands up here, I did begin the wind-up as soon as the final whistle went at the Emirates. I had typed a text message into my mobile phone ready to be sent to two Chelsea supporters I know. It simply stated; “Too easy”.

    Now this may seem as arrogant as those mugs but there was a reason I sent it. Earlier in the season when Chelsea beat us I received that exact message myself from one of those pals of mine. So really me sending it back is just a bit of friendly banter right?

    What I got back made laugh and realise that I can’t stand Chelsea fans, even more so than Spurs supporters. It was solid abuse and to be honest they made themselves sound like spoilt little brats. They proper spat their dummies out.

    You know the funniest text I got? That we were lucky. Now I’m not sure what game the sender of that message watched but to suggest that Arsenal were fortunate to win is at best deluded.

    It’s this arrogance and mugginess that I can’t bear and Chelsea fans have both in abundance. I know that the Gooners sworn enemies are Tottenham but I’d say that I hate Chelsea fans more than them.

    In the Gunners pub last night I saw a Gooner with the words on back of his Arsenal shirt saying “You can’t buy history”. That couldn’t be more true and unfortunately though it appears that you can buy pure 100% unadulterated arrogance.

    The bitterness shone through last night. I can understand being disappointed at being beaten, especially by a club they usually rob three points off every game but just show a bit of decency and admit defeat. It might even endear people to you a little bit.

  • vj

    i hope theo plays, i think song will play, at least until we have a comfortable lead, sam ewith Djourou, he is good against di santo and rodellega, epect rosciky arshavin and chamakh to play though, 2-0 to us, with Chamakh and Koscielny scoring

  • vj

    nearly spot on dev, though bentner plays in what looks to be a 4-4-2, and clichy is rested after arguably his best game in 3 years. only Koscielny and Fabianski and sagna remain fromt eh chelsea game.

  • Goonerman

    VERY SUPRISED with the team selection and think wenger may have made one change to many!!

    sagna – kocslieny – squillaci – eboue

    Denilson – Diaby

    Rosicky

    chamackh – bendtner – arshavin

  • Goonerman

    Don’t get me wrong a draw is not the end of the world but like I said before the game that was to many changes!! Every other teams plays the same team 2 days apart yet wenger feels the need to rest nearly a whole team!! Clichy has his best game and is benched, nasri is our star player at the moment and he is benched, djourou is outstanding against Chelsea and is benches and the entire midfield is changed!! I accept resting 2 or 3 but to rest 8 players is a joke!!

  • Gooner Get Ya

    @ Goonerman:
    I agree totally way too many changes, we need to start building momentum off the Chelsea win and we failed to do so because the personnel was completely different.

  • Gooner Get Ya

    AW says consistency is the key to winning the title but doesn’t pick a consistent team. Should at least pick the same defenders.

  • Berth

    Wenger allowed his deceptive emotions take control

  • bayo

    ITS TIME TO SEE THE FUTURE ARSENAL WOULD NOT WIN THE LEAGUE.

    WHY WOULD A SANE COACH MAKE 8 CHANGES,SORRY TO SAY ARSENE IS STUPID FOR WHAT HE DID TODAY.
    HOW MANY MATCHES HAS WALCOT,VAN P,DJOUROU PLAYED BEFORE THE MATCH SO WHY NEED TO REST THEM AS THEY ARE ALREADY FRESH.

    IN HIS STUPIDITY WIGAN WAS ATTACKING US WHICH MEANS MORE SPACE,ALL WE NEEDED WAS TEO WALCOT TO FINISH THE JOB AS THIS WOULD BOTH STOP WIGANS FLOW AND AID OUR ATTACK

    EVERY NORMAL COACH WOULD WIN THE NEXT MATCH,TOP THE TABLE BEFORE YOU THINK ABOUT ANYTHING.

    I HONESTLY HATE ARSENE WENGER BUT ITS NOT HIS FAULT HE HAS BECOME TOO BIG FOR THE CLUB AND PLS SOMEONE SHOULD GIVE ME ONE GOOD REASON WHY SQUILLACI WAS BOUGHT.

  • yemi

    Not the end of d world guys, let’s assume that wigan has become our bogey team just as bolton/anelka/jaskelienin were few seasons ago. We just need to overcome them.

    The thruth is that team should have beaten wigan easily but lacked vital areas
    1. Mr arshavin leaving eboue exposed ALWAYS
    2. No DM
    3. No wingers. Playing chamack and b52 at once is a misnomer.

  • http://worldofarsenal Josiah

    no ifs no buts, the clean cut reason why we failed to win this game is because of the 8 un needed changes.

  • melvyn

    Anyone in here still think that Wenger is good tactically? If you do you need sectioning, why hasn’t the FA brought Wenger to rule like they did Mick McCarthy for making do many changes? No excuses Wenger, especially ridiculous ones like you have just come out with, if you can’t beat teams like West Brom, Newcastle and Wigan then you shouldn’t even attempt to make excuses, someone please tell me where this apparently good squad is because players like Koscielny, Squillachi, Denilson, Bendtner, Rosicky, Diaby and Fabianski shouldn’t even be in it. Time and time again this happens and he just does not learn, we do not have two teams that can compete , we only have one. It would have been better to start the same team that beat the Chavs , than as the poor little lambs begin to flag through tiredness to replace them with the second string. These guys are meant to be athletes not once a week footballers. We will never win anything with this sort of mentality guiding the team ! We are sick of the same old excuses time and time again.
    Arsenal can play well enough to win this league, they just cannot do it consistently. And Wenger’s confidence in players that are clearly not quite good enough undermines the team’s chances when there are better options left on the bench. I could have lived with four changes to the Monday night team, but eight is too many. Granted, Arsenal were unfortunate in not being given a blatant penalty for handball at the death, but they should not have been in a position to need that decision to take the three points.

    It’s not over yet, it’s far from over. In this of all seasons, we know that more points will be dropped by all teams. But Wenger must learn that he cannot change a starting line-up so dramatically and expect to gain all three points, especially away from home. The players enjoyed a two week gap between matches before the Chelsea game, and the sides they are playing face equally demanding fixtures over a similar period of time. So it’s honours even. Wigan are relegation candidates and as such should not provide a huge obstacle. But Arsenal seem to make a habit of struggling on visits there.

    After the ecstacy of defeating Chelsea, it’s back to reality. Birmingham on Saturday. Do you think they might test Fabianski with some high balls knocked in at every opportunity? My, how I look forward to that…

  • goonerman

    @ Devs twitter post

    One player in january i would want and i have wanted for a couple of years now is Gary Cahill.

    He has everything we need in a CB, hes tall, strong, quick and is very comfortable on the ball. him along with vermaelen as a CB pairing would really make a difference to our team!!

  • yemi

    @ Josiah:
    Un needed changes ? have you seen the fixtures ? We play every wednesday and saturday till the end of january !!!

    27 Mon Barclays Premier LeagueH Chelsea 3 1
    29 Wed Barclays Premier LeagueA Wigan Athletic 2 2
    01 Sat Barclays Premier LeagueA Birmingham City 17:30 ESPN
    05 Wed Barclays Premier LeagueH Manchester City 19:45 SS1
    08 Sat The FA CupH Leeds 12:45 ITV1
    12 Wed Carling CupA Ipswich Town 19:45 SS1
    15 Sat Barclays Premier LeagueA West Ham United 17:30 ESPN
    18/19 The FA CupA Possible 3rd Round Replay ATVO
    22 Sat Barclays Premier LeagueH Wigan Athletic 15:00 ATVO
    25 Tue Carling CupH Ipswich Town 19:45 BBC2

    hxxp://www.arsenal.com/fixtures/fixtures-reports

    I think
    1. Arsene needed those changes
    2. That team was good enough to beat wigan, they just lacked the extra bite/desire
    3. Arsene should have rotated a bit by making his subs a bit earlier,