Football is finally back for the Mighty Arsenal and thank goodness for that!
Here is the eighteen man squad who by now would have safely landed on Portuguese soil, had a good nights sleep and are busy getting themselves ready for their day ahead. Ok, not so much day, but tonight.
We knew Arshavin was out and were sweating on the fitness of Song. What a shocker to find out that they weren’t the only ones who were in doubt for the match tonight.
I read yesterday a few snippets about Gallas but just assumed he would be fit, but as for the rest!!
No Almunia, Song, Gallas, Eduardo or Arshavin!! That is just typical of our fortune isn’t it.
I think Almunia has been dropped – Why? Because I watched Arsene Wenger’s response on Sky Sports News when he was asked about why he was missing – He replied ‘Finger’!!
Eventually he said he had a twisted finger and had done for a little while, but trust me, he was fibbing and Almunia has been dropped.
I managed to sneak a photograph of Almunia’s injury, but I thought his hands were much bigger -maybe its just Almunia’s reply to, ‘Your dropped Son’ 😉
Strange though if he has been dropped, he played ok against the Dippers, came up with a fine save to stop Babel and then gets dropped.
I just hope it’s not a case of out of the frying pan and into the fire; Fabianski has had some great games for us, if I think hard I will remember them, but he needs a great game tonight, that’s for sure.
With the squad that has travelled, I’m guessing that Arsene will play
Eboue/Sagna TV Sol Clichy
Cesc Denilson Diaby
Nasri Nik Rosicky
Subs – Mannone, Eboue/Sagna, Walcott, Vela, Silvestre, Ramsey, Traore..
The subs were easy, they were the seven dwarfs missing from the first team!! 🙂
Yes I would much prefer Song instead of Denilson, Gallas instead of Sol, but the rest, I am not too concerned about.
Arshavin, as much as a world class player he is, he blows hot and cold and Rosicky in his role may just be the man of the night.
Nasri, well he is due a big game, especially away from home
Diaby, well all we can say is same again please!
Eboue, stay on your feet if you play, the referees in Europe will send you off if you go over cheaply!
Clichy, another big test ahead, let’s hope we see the ‘Old Clichy’ back on form and getting a cross or two in for Big Nik.
Denilson, you are not my favourite, but all the time you wear an Arsenal shirt I will support you when selected, play crab (crap) and we will all be on your back…
Nik, show how good you think you are..
The two Fabs – well you could be heroes 😉
TV and Sol ……. Purrrrrrrrrrr
Tonight you boys need to play like your life depends on it, do something Arsenal have never done, beat Porto on their own turf and set the tie up ready for a routine home second leg..
We all believe in you, the boss believes in you, go out tonight and believe in yourselves. Do that and you will board your flight home with a big smile…