Man United vs Arsenal FA Cup Preview

A couple of weeks ago, we were fighting on all fronts.

Our nerves got to the better of us in the Carling Cup final – the referee got to the better of us in the Barcelona game (I’ll stick to that story) and now we turn our attention to Man United and the FA Cup in a game that will surely be the nail in the media coffin if we lose, but could rejuvenate our young soles into a title winning team, if we do win… The pre-match conference was way too much Barcelona-y-fied, so we’ve not yet focused on the away trip to Old Trafford as much as I would have liked. The boss did tell us that Van Persie is fit and would travel and would start tomorrow – but Cesc, Walcott and Song are all out for the next couple of games. With three of our four keepers out for quite a while, Almunia is the only fit one we have, so will start and Vermaelen has none or little chance of returning this side of May!

So, the line up will be interesting – I would love for Eboue to start on the right hand side of midfield – the recent inclusion of Rosicky has meant a severe lack of pace compared to Theo Walcott, and the Ivorian could come in and provide that pace. I’d also like to see Arshavin start for this game, as he’s deserves to be in the first team – he’s really knucked down and tried to make a difference recently and it was a shame that he didn’t have longer against Barcelona.

Arsene’s team will be:

Almunia

Sagna – Djourou – Koscielny – Clichy

Wilshere – Denilson

Nasri – Diaby – Arshavin

Van Persie

With a bench of Shea, Eboue, Squillaci, Gibbs, Rosicky, Ramsey and Bendtner

Whereas, my team would be:

Almunia

Sagna – Djourou – Koscielny – Clichy

Wilshere – Ramsey

Eboue – Nasri – Arshavin

Van Persie

My team gives Ramsey the game everyone wants him to have and if it goes well, will give us the option of using Ramsey for the rest of the season. Additionally, Nasri in the middle will work – he did it last season when Cesc was out – he’s scored two goals against United from that position – and with Eboue, we get more pace.

For Man United, Park, Ferdinand and Nani are touted as definitely out – but they will have the likes of Vidic, Scholes, Rooney, Berbatov etc to call on… I think their line up will be:

Van Der Sar

Rafael – Smalling – Vidic – Evra

Valencia – Fletcher –  Carrick – Giggs

Rooney – Berbatov

It’ll be 4-4-2 for the home side, with the likes of Anderson and Scholes also fit and in contention…

So, onwards and upwards fellow Gooners, time to get our shooting boots on and time to get one over our oldest and fiercest rivals… Come on you Gooners!

  • Vazy

    Getting excited! GO ON YOU GOONERS!

  • mesol

    we will nothing if wenger still incharged..I’m tired with his tactic..just passing not trying to shoot/scored

  • bayo

    I can now say clearly arsene needs to go enough of all this crap players like denilson and daiby..they are rubbish…new coach, new idea needed

  • mesol

    Why not play 2 striker upfront?stupid tactic wenger!!!

  • mesol

    Yes, its 2-0 now..Great wenger!!wait until 89 minutes..and bring on another striker

  • mesol

    Hah..yes after down 2-0 and the players is tired, Man U now brimming with confidence..now u bring another striker? Brilliant tactics wenger!!

  • Gooner Get Ya

    Wenger out, no tactical knowledge, mourinio in