Morning fellow gooners…
Tomorrow we play a HUGE game in Arsenal vs Sunderland and it’s so big that we’ll probably bottle it… no, seriously. I haven’t managed to gain any extra information from the pre-match conference yet, but no doubt, by the time I publish this, there will be a whole host of new news… anywho…! The injury news ahead of the game is that Koscielny has a tight hamstring, Alex Song has a knee injury and of course Cesc is definitely not ready. Rosicky will be back in the squad, but will be unlikely to start and RvP and Theo are still quite a few weeks away!
The predicted line up will be:
Sagna – Squillaci – Djourou – Clichy
Wilshere – Denilson
Nasri – Diaby – Arshavin
With a bench of Almunia, Eboue, Gibbs, Miguel, Ramsey, Rosicky and Chamakh
Yes, the return of Ramsey on the bench will be a very good thing – and he’ll definitely get some game time, whether we win, lose or draw… he is a good player and his return could prove pivotal in our run in!
In a strange comment from Steve Bruce, the Sunderland manager talked about the combinations and permutations of the league… and did talk about how if Arsenal beat his team, they’d be in good stead for the race:
“If they beat us they will be just one point behind ahead of United’s game against Liverpool on Sunday. Arsenal have to keep the pressure on because they are still in with a fighting chance of winning the league – they will see the game against us as one of vital importance.”
It is unusual for an opposition manager to talk about losing – could it be some triple double reverse psychology for us? I hope not! Arsene has made it very clear about his views on the title race:
“It’s down to our results – that will decide the championship. Do we win our games? It just depends on us. Every game is a cup for us. The most important trophy is the Premier League because you win the league after 38 games and you win the Carling Cup after five, six games. The race is tight, exciting. I don’t rule our Chelsea or Man City because everybody can drop points. If we maintain our consistency we have a very good chance.”
Today’s post will be short and quick… I’m off to Luxembourg to help Lady WOA move from hotel to flat… yipee!! I’ll miss the game, but Debs will be giving you a post match run down and the ever faithful Kieran Delaney will be back on Monday as usual…
Until then mes amigos… have fun!!