Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Arsenal need to show grit and determination to take three points tonight

Arsene Wenger take this squad to Wolverhampton tonight with the knowledge that Arsenal lie just five points off the top of the Premier League table.

It is the same position we were in prior to the Newcastle game, but perhaps what is so galling is the points gap could have been down to two had we been at the races on Sunday.

Our away form is steady but we'll need a performance tonight from the lads if we're to stand any hope of taking three points from the game.

One thing is for sure. Mick McCarthy will have his players fired up for this game. And we'll need to hit the ground running.

We need to be incisive with our passing and movement and prepared to put in the extra leg work which will certainly be required. 

Last season's 4-1 victory at Molineux should not be an indicator as to how tonight will go. Two own goals helped us. You can't expect the same kind of generosity again.

Arsene Wenger is sure to remind his players that this Wolves team beat Manchester City at their place just 11 days ago.

They are going through a tough set of fixtures at the moment playing the teams at the top of the table. But they have been beaten by Chelsea and Manchester United (all be it by a last minute goal).

They will get at us tonight and we need to make sure we're ready. The manager is in no doubt we need to put in a performance.

Arsene Wenger said:
"We do not want to lose this game. Especially after the games against Shakhtar and Newcastle where, because of our quality, we feel we should not have lost. 
"So it is important we become efficient again and the confidence remains there."
I expect there to be just two changes from the side which lost to Newcastle. Laurant Koscielny misses out through suspension, while I expect Andrey Arshavin to be recalled to the starting line up in place of Theo Walcott.

The goalkeeper and defence therefore picks itself. Fabianski in goal, with a back four of Sagna, Squillaci, Djourou and Clichy.

The deep lying midfield should be made up of Alex Song and Jack Wilshere. Should the manager want to use Denilson to add a bit more steel in front of the defence perhaps Wilshere might miss out.

With Walcott expected to make way for Arshavin, Samir Nasri should move to the right, with Cesc Fabregas central and Ashavin on the left.

That leaves Marouane Chamakh to lead the line.

So my starting 11 would be:


Sagna - Squillaci - Djourou - Clichy

Song - Wilshere

Nasri - Fabregas - Arshavin


Full team news once it's announce on the blog and twitter.

Come on you Reds!

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