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Bring on the Spuds!

by on October 1, 2011

Pre-match press conference

Pre-match interviews:

Arshavin | Szczesny | Wenger

Injury news

Right, no Koscielny. Not the best start. Walcott and Gervinho are possibilities and, as I said yesterday, Walcott is the more likely of the two. Ideally, at least one of those two will be fit so we will have pace in the attack. Here’s the full article.

As always, the pre-match stuff is worth watching, the press conference particularly.

A few guesses in here then, but here’s my team:

—————————————Szczesny————————————

————–Sagna——Mertesacker—-Song—-Santos?——————–

—————————Frimpong———-Arteta——————————

—-Walcott———————–Ramsey?—————————-Arshavin–

———————————-Van Persie——————————————

The defence mainly chooses itself, Santos seems to be ahead of Gibbs, playing against Blackburn and in the Champions Leauge. I don’t remember who played against Bolton though. Arteta picks himself, my player of the season so far. I said I wanted Coquelin against Olympiakos, but this seems a Frimpong match to me. Their midfield is their strongest department and it’s important that he uses his physicality to break up their play. I’ve picked Ramsey and Van Persie because they were both rested in medweek, obviously Van Persie pretty much picks himself. The wide players I’m not so sure about, obviously we’re waiting on Walcott and Gervinho. Benayoun and Arshavin should be available if not.

I know some people are calling for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and, while I’d like him in the squad, I just think he’s a bit too raw to start this kind of match. Frimpong will need to keep a cool head as well, I spoke on Thursday about his tendency to give away silly fouls, with 5 fouls from 11 attempted tackles in midweek, so Mikel Arteta will hopefully keep talking to him and use his experience to keep the young Ghanian on the field.

Ones to watch out for

‘Their’ best players this season have been our former No. 25, who’s scored 3 already this season. That’s a lot for one of their players. As would be expected, Luka Modric and Van Der Vaart will be expected to provide the flair in the midfield with 3 assists between them and an average pass success rate of 87%. Scott Parker will try to add a bit of grit, but one would hope that his lack of pace will be exposed with the former Hammers player giving away an average of 2 fouls per game. We know that Jermain Defoe on the bench could be dangerous, a top class finished whatever else you want to say about him and Younes Kaboul will be their key-man in defence.

Obviously the worlds most over-rated player Bale will trouble Bacary Sagna a hell of a lot because the world’s greatest right back (defensively) is ‘defensively weak’ according to Iain Dowie. Kyle Walker will look to exploit our left-hand side if he plays, particularly if our inside forwards cut inside and our full-backs overlap. Ledley King and Brad Frediel could line up as well. Luckily the government isn’t scrapping free bus passes for the over-60s yet so they should be able to get to the match.

Still, nothing we should worry about.

That’s it then, kick off is 16:00 BST tomorrow. British summer time. It sounds silly in October, but it’s pretty accurate! Anyway, let’s hope for 3 points! If you’re at home waiting for the match which will kick off almost exactly 24 hours after I publish this then you can follow me on twitter @SavageGooner as I berate Tottenham supporting mothers for abusing Jack Wilshere despite having never met him and you can also ‘like’ us on facebook if you just want the blog posts on your timeline without all the gibberish that I come up with.

As always, be sure to comment below with your predicted line-up, goalscorers and who think the key men will be, both for us and them!

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2 Comments
  1. It will be nice if mr wenger starts with chamberlain.he is very,very dangerous when he is close to the eighteen yard box.what about park chu-young and ryo?these guyz are great.

    • Ryo still isn’t quite match-fit, he’s also comparatively raw compared to Oxlade-Chamberlain. Park Chu-Young will get time, but he knows he isn’t first-choice.

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