Firstly a massive thank you to Jat85 and Debs for some excellent blogging in my absence, whilst I was relaxing in the sun in Thailand. Some excellent blogs, and some great comments. Awesome stuff.
I’ll speak in more detail after the game, but pre-game injury news is as follows:
Ramsey (groin), Gibbs (thigh), Rosicky (tendon), Oxlade-Chamberlain (hip), Gervinho (ankle), Fabianski (ankle), Diaby (thigh), Walcott (flu)
What does that mean for us? Well, it means that we’re actually down to our bare bones… There is news coming in that Vermaelen may be moved to left back, which may see the following formation:
Sagna – Metersacker – Koscielny – Vermaelen (c)
Arteta – Coquelin
Cazorla – Wilshere – Podolski
I don’t think we have any other options, although Walcott may have a last check to see if he can play. Personally, I think the above team is actually more balanced with Vermaelen left back and Coquelin in the middle than the team we played against Man United.
The bench would be Shea, Santos, Frimpong, Jenkinson, Gnarby, Arshavin, Chamakh.
Let’s see if I’m right… I’ll be back post match.