WBA vs Arsenal Match Preview

Afternoon All…

And it’s a BIG  BIG game tomorrow… WBA vs Arsenal… And it’s so essential for us to get back to winning ways after a few draws and losses in our recent games. The Barcelona away  game and the Man United away game are two games and two competitions we must forget about now and for us, it’s all about the Premier League.

Newly promoted West Brom came to the Emirates, got the ball down on the floor and played football against us – not many teams do that – and it worked for them – they beat us 3-2 and yes, it was a shocker, but it was one of the few times a team has come to the Emirates and deserved to win. No bad tactics, no grudges held…. but revenge would be sweet.

It’s not going to be easy, by any means – they’ve loaned Carlos Vela from us for the rest of the season – and the boy looks like he is trying to prove himself, and has scored two vital goals for them since his arrival. He’s not had an amazing amount of game time, but he is get the cameo appearances from the bench and it’ll be good for him – of course, he is not allowed to play as Premier League rules dictate.

So, let’s go straight over to team news… and injury news… and yesterday Arsene revealed that Thomas Vermaelen would miss the rest of the season… (like we didn’t already know that!)…

“For Thomas Vermaelen the season is over. In fairness he has not played since September, I never expected him to be fit before the end of the season. He is not out on the field yet and it is impossible [for him to play] after six months without competition. I am confident he will have a full recovery but for this season we cannot rely on him.”

With Walcott, Cesc, Song and Djourou also out, it’s going to be a

So, back to the team news, of who can actually play

Almunia

Sagna – Squillaci – Koscielny – Clichy

Wilshere – Denilson

Nasri – Diaby – Arshavin

Van Persie

With a bench of Lehmann, Miquel, Eboue, Gibbs, Rosicky, Bendtner and Chamakh

This is the line up that I see Arsene playing… mine would be quite different – I’d whack in Miquel instead of Squillaci –  he looks like he’s better, seems to be more proactive around the pitch, better vision – and certainly outshone his partner when paired together. I’d also put in Ramsey and Chamakh instead of Diaby and Denilson. Wilshere and Ramsey just ahead of the back four and then Van Persie in the Cesc role, with Chamakh up front… Why? Well, Van Persie is a creator and therefore, why is he our furthest man forward? He drops deep to collect the ball, but then there is no one in front of him. So let him dictate the attacking play (as captain) and give him options…

My XI to play tomorrow would be:

Almunia

Sagna – Squillaci – Koscielny – Clichy

Wilshere – Ramsey

Nasri – Van Persie – Arshavin

Chamakh

Ramsey is a little gem in midfield and the sooner we play him, the better he’ll get – we could do with him in the run-in to the title… that’s for sure… Denilson has put in some decent performances since being dropped, but Diaby hasn’t – well, he hasn’t been dropped – he needs to be…

Come on you Gunners, let’s get one over the Baggies and get our season back on track!

Before I go… a quick one for you – the Champions League draw was made earlier today and it felt really strange not being in there and seeing Sp*rs in their. But hey ho, what can you do…. for those of you that still maintain an interest… here’s the quarter finals.

Sp*rs vs Real Madrid

Barcelona vs Shaktar

Inter vs Schalke

Chelsea vs United

The two stand out ties are Sp*rs vs Madrid and the all English quarter, Chelsea vs United…

Let’s hope this competition keeps United distracted from the league, and let’s hope Real Madrid do one over our North London rivals…

Til tomorrow…

  • Sam

    ManU must face Chelsea 3 times till the end of season. Let’s hope Chelsea pick up some steam!

  • ace

    Hey, I think Diaby has gone and got himself injured again so hopefully Rambo will be taking his spot in the middle 3

  • devday

    @ ace:
    Indeed, you are right, so it looks like it Ramsey may get a chance, most probably in place of Diaby in the first team as noted above!

  • devday

    @ Sam:
    Indeed, playing Chelsea three times should be enough to knacker Man U a little and they should pick up some injuries and drop points…

    But the key thing is……. we MUST win our games!!!

  • devday

    In addition, Ramsey has been called up and looks set to play 90 minutes on Wednesday for Wales against England!

  • steve

    Agree with your line up dev think that’s a good choice Chamakh & VP on.

    Another thought run it passed the guys as work

    Koscielny – I think he’d be great in the Song role

    AV should get another CB in the summer and use him in the DM role

  • edison

    On the contrary, although he is great going forward … i wish Wenger would consider putting Alex song in the back four more often, like he plays for cameroon.

    a defensive lineup of:

    Sagna – Song – Vermaelen – Clichy

    could be very solid indeed.

    Bring on west brom tomorrow ! ive got a good feeling about this one. we need a break badly.

  • Berth

    Words reaching me is that the legend died six years ago.

  • JayJayGooner

    I think they are best left where they are!!

    Koscielny is an amazing centre back who will only get better – the reason for his few mistakes this season is down to fatigue, tiredness, something you can’t have in DM

    Whereas Song is fast becoming the best DM in the world – a move to centre back will mean he won’t use his best asset! His movement and “hounding”…!

  • JayJayGooner

    @ Berth:
    What does that even mean?

  • Berth

    If you were to choose a girl; would you choose a frugal Wenger -type or a flamboyant Mou-type or the very ruthless but efficient Fergie-type; with or without recession though.

  • Berth

    @ JayJayGooner; use your vivid imagination

  • yemi

    is arsene going to play a 4-5-1 ? or 4-2-3-1 ?

    Guys, any streaming site ?

  • Gooner Get Ya

    Only just managed a draw at west brom… While the Manc’s sneak a late winner again!! Sigh. It’s not looking good 5pts behind with a game in hand.

  • http://worldofarsenal.co.uk Josiah

    it aint over till the fat lady sings, from what ive heard abysmal defending for their 2 goals, likely to have been squillaci’s fault, but thats not the point, there is still hard games coming up for both sides so it aint over till its mathematically impossible to win this league, yeah morale is low, yeah its like shit we aint gonna bounce back, but all it takes in one good result and the team should start believing again, we have the international break now and all i can hope for is for players to come back free of injury and cesc and theo to be fit, we need them for the run-in because we can still win this league.

    Never ever lose the faith.

  • Gooner Get Ya

    Just read the BBC report and the same names cropped up for our errors namely Almunia, squillaci and denilson. If these players are around next season I will be surprised.

  • http://worldofarsenal.co.uk Josiah

    just watched the game on motd and what the fuck was almunia doing.

  • ashok

    I said they will bottle it up. I absolutely told you so you dumb apologists. So the dumbest draw I have ever witness and the dumbest 2nd goal the Arsenal dared to concede in my presence. Absolute shambles till the 70th min. And if this bunch of gutless no clue players had been playing it like it from the 1st min as they SHOULD after a darn week’s rest, we MIGHT just have a chance. But no, Alumnia and Squid had to come out with the most comical defending ever in football history to supplement to Sczezny’s just show Sczezny he’s one better! Well done Almunia. Well done Wenger. Well done Arsenal. You piece of shmuack.

  • ashok

    Sadly, I think history will tell us yesterday’s game statistically cost us the title. I absolultely dispair how game after game, season after season, we continue to concede goals to the simple lump into the area and Wenger just fails to accept its a major problem. I don’t expect the 2nd string squad players to be match winners like the 1st 11 but I do expect them to be proficient in the art of football basics. As for Almunia, well again only Wenger can explain why he is still at Arsenal. I’m told Fergie rang ManU-al last night and promised him a seat on his teams open-top parade bus in May next to Howard Webb as both have responsible for handing them vital points this season. Lastly, since Wenger himself was a centre half in his playing days, why is he so clueless in the art of defending?

  • Berth

    Wenger is rubbish in making crucial decisions.

  • Tm17

    Well the positive thing is that if we win
    Our remaining matches we still finish first
    So nothing really changed !! But other then
    That almunia is just clueless and I know lehmann
    Is old BUT anyone is better than almunia!!