Arsenal News Update and Man Utd Preview
Incidentally, if you’re ever planning on moving your family, pets and accumulated crap between two bordering European countries and require a van to transport said things one-way don’t be fooled into thinking a company calling themselves Europ[e] car will be able to help you.
Moving on swiftly from that completely off-topic mini rant, since I lasted posted Arsenal have lost 2-1 away at Stoke and no-score drawn at home to Fenerbahce in the Champions League.
The defeat at Stoke followed a 4-4 draw with Spurs that seems to have knocked a lot of the confidence out of the young Arsenal team, leaving many questioning the commitment and belief of the team, and the competence of Wenger amid rumours of hostility within the team after the game. Wenger himself attacked the physical element of Stoke’s game (and yet Van Perise himself acted foolishly and petulantly), but the more prominent issue really was Wenger’s selection of a defensive and width-less team that failed to counter Delap’s long throws. That really was pretty much Stoke’s only attacking threat, Wenger should have just played an attacking team capable of scoring more goals than could be generated by the long throw tactic. Everyone calling for him to get the sack really needs to get a clue though, he surely made a mistake in his team selection and must work hard to instill some belief in his players but equally the fans need to be fully behind the team today.
The Fenerbahce game featured for me a more attractive line-up with Djourou and Silvestre in the centre of defence and Nasri and Ramsey creating more width in midfield. Arsenal started with much more threat than the Stoke game, they had more good chances at goals but failed to capitulate on the chances. Indeed it was another display that showed signs of nerves and lack of confidence.
Still, a victory at home against Manchester Utd today would bring a swift and welcome end to the gloom.
The squad however is looking pretty thin on the ground with Van Persie missing out due to suspension after his sending off in the Stoke game, Adebayor and Eboue almost certainly out (ankle and knee injuries respectively) alongside long term injury list denizens Rosicky and Eduardo. That is not the end of it though, further doubts are Almunia(illness), Gallas(hamstring), Silvestre(broken nose), Sagna(ankle) and Walcott(shoulder).
Without Van Persie and Adebayor, Wenger is left with Bendtner up front, probably with Vela supporting.
I would like this to be the team that Wenger puts out :
Sagna, Gallas/Silvestre, Djourou, Clichy,
Walcott/Ramsey, Fabregas, Diaby, Nasri,
Not knowing the status of a few players fitness I have included a replacement. Wenger might indeed to play Denilson instead of Diaby, I just think Diaby will do a better job against Manchester Utd. Toure could also be used in right defence or midfield, I think he needs to get some better form before Arsenal play him in defence against such a strong attacking side as Manchester Utd however.
Today all eyes are on Arsenal and I think the players need to have an excellent performance and the win the game almost as much as us frustrated fans do, I am crossing my fingers for a victory which will inspire Arsenal to rally and turn the season around.