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Arsenal v Spurs Preview: van Persie’s back! 8 January, 2008

Posted by lasagnechef in Cup Games.


The big team news ahead of tomorrow night’s Carling Cup North London Derby is the inclusion of Robin van Persie to our squad. Wenger’s going to use this game as an opportunity to help the Dutchman back to form after his long period out injured. I’m expecting him to be on the bench tomorrow night but I guess he will see some minutes and then start the Birmingham game at the weekend.Earlier today I was wondering who we would put on the bench as the reserve striker to the starting partnership of Bendtner and Da Silva. Van Persie makes the perfect ‘super-sub’ option as I’m guessing Walcott will start on the wing.

I’m really exited about this game but it doesn’t seem a lot of the other Gooners are, I think it’s still on sale to red members. It’s live on Sky but personally I’d much prefer to go to the game, especially a semi final against The Scum. I know some people are scared we’ll lose, I was last year but this year think we’ll have enough to do it and make it to the final again.

We all know that the team will be a reserve side but you have to remember that still means some serious quality players like Eduardo, Denilson, Diaby, Diarra(?), Gilberto and maybe van Persie. Rosicky could be in the team, I have a feeling he or Hleb could be on the bench, I wish they’d announce the squad for these games. They’ve probably avoided revealing the names because of the big question: will Diarra play? If he doesn’t, well he’s as good as gone, but if he does, you have to wonder why he didn’t start at the weekend and the debate will go on. So, here’s my guess at the team:

J. Hoyte – Senderos – Djourou – Traore
Walcott – Diarra (or Gilberto) – Denilson – Diaby
Bendtner – Eduardo

A team Tottenham could only dream of. The Swiss partnership at the back will be a perfect test for them ahead of Toure’s extended absence. Spurs wont be looking forward to their visit, they will play their first team and Ramos won’t want them to lose to our second string side.

I’m guessing we’ll see a few goals tomorrow night. Eduardo is lethal and Spurs are comical at the back. Yet at the same time we’ve got an inexperienced back five and Tottenham do have some good strikers.

I’ll write up at match report on Thursday. My prediction: 2-1 to us, setting it up nicely for the away leg. Thanks for reading.



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