Here we go again then, Saturday 3pm kick off against Wolverhampton Wanderers, a side that has just started to pick up a few good results. Wolves are unbeaten in the last four games having picked up eight points from a possible twelve.
The away game at Wolves earlier in the season was a funny old affair, Ramsey started in the midfield with Diaby I think, with Song on the bench. Wolves had the better start and for twenty-five minutes we were a bit on the back foot.
But what happened next told a story, Diaby (who back then played just as he did against Barca) was having a nightmare, he was woeful. He picked up an injury and had to go off, then on came Alex Song. From that moment on the game changed, Ramsey, for one, suddenly seemed as if someone had given him an injection of ‘confidence’ – he played well, really well. In fact the whole team picked up the pace and found their rhythm.
By the time the first half was over, so was the game, 3-0 up!
Eduardo started that game – I think he will start today aswell. Sadly though, one player we know who won’t is Ramsey!!
Wolves handed us a couple of own goals that day the other two were scored by Fabregas and Arshavin, neither will be playing tomorrow!
We ended up winning 4-1, but the scoreline didn’t tell the whole tale, Wolves had their chances and but for some last-ditch defending by us and a few wayward shots it could have been very different. Kevin Doyle is a dangerous player and could hurt any team on his day, but between Vermaelen and Sol, he should be kept out.
As said, Wolves are no mugs and I don’t expect Mick McCarthy to play anything other than his strongest side, he won’t risk a hefty fine again, shame he risked the first one. I do understand why he did though….
So with all our injured players the team tomorrow kind of picks itself, unless of course Arsene does decide to make drastic changes with Barca in mind.
We have no Cesc, Arshavin, Gallas, Clichy and Denilson are doubts – I don’t believe they are injured for one minute, they are being rested!!
We have a squad, a squad that should be full of players who are more than capable of slotting into the side and continuing the Arsenal way, if not, then why are we keeping them, why are we as a club paying them?
With that in mind, I expect us to do exactly that and continue where we left off the last time we played at the Emirates, in the league I mean…
I think we will see changes – but here is the team I think AW will play…
Eboue Sol TV Traore
Song Nasri Rosicky/Diaby
Theo Nik/Eduardo Vela
And with a few reserves on the bench, mainly because that’s all we have left 🙂
But hey, no disrespect to Wolves, they are a team we should beat, if we can’t and don’t then we don’t deserve to be in the title race. We are at home, on our green silky grass and every players knows how to play on it. So no excuses, no half-hearted performances.
We need grit and fire in the bellies today and a great performance to get us three points.
Most of all, play with pride and passion, the way this man always did……..
First off, lets hope for a bore draw at lunchtime then come 5pm, we can shout ‘ We’re behind you’ 🙂
Have a great day all, all three points will make sure I do….