I’m worried about Saturday… 29 November, 2007Posted by lasagnechef in Arsenal News, Premiership.
One loss and I’m a nervous wreck again. Seville was a game we could afford to lose and I even said before the game that it didn’t matter. Now I’m doubting us and thinking how badly we’re going to do over the winter. Aston Villa are in good form and we have to travel up to them on Saturday. I’m going to this one, haven’t been to many away games this season so when the opportunity came up I couldn’t say no. But now I’m scared.
We will also be without quite a few of our best players, in fact you could say that the missing Hleb, Fabregas and Van Persie have indeed been our best players this season. So yeah, Clichy, Fabregas, Hleb and Van Persie are all set to miss the game. Thankfully they’re all slight problems and we could see them all return in our next game, the ever optimistic Wenger even believes we could have one or two back for this game. But I doubt it.
So it looks like another mix and match squad and I have to say I’m slightly worried. If the performance is like the one in Seville, then we will be in trouble. We’ll have Gallas and Adebayor back though, they’ll help. Then I guess Traore will get another chance at left back. The midfield and attack could be anything…pick 6 names out out Gilberto, Diarra, Denilson, Rosicky, Walcott, Adebayor, Eboue, Flamini and Eduardo. Wenger’s gone with a 4-5-1 a few times recently but if it were up to me I’d go with 2 strikers of Eduardo and Ade with Walcott and Rosicky coming round the outside on the wings. Then Flamini and Diarra in the middle.
The creativity of Cesc will certainly be missed; maybe Denilson could attempt to fill his shoes? However, it’s not worth risking Fabregas in this one game if he has a problem with his hamstring, the player himself hopes he’ll be back. Hleb too will be missed and I don’t think we’ll see him for a couple of games yet; hopefully Rosicky can play his role.
I’ve got that nervous/exited feeling that you get with a Man United, Chelsea or Tottenham game. I’m looking forward to going, but hopefully it won’t be a long journey home after the first defeat of our season.
In other news, Arsene Wenger believes that Almunia is nearing a international call up for Spain. Le Boss has also been talking about when Carlos Vela eventually gets his passport.
I’ll write up a proper match report tomorrow. Hopefully there’s some good news about those injuries. Thanks for reading.