Saturday, 20 November 2010

Denilson and Djourou should start north London derby

Arsene Wenger has two important decisions to make ahead of this afternoon's first league north London derby of the season.

The Frenchman first must decide whether he starts the match with Laurent Koscielny or Johan Djourou.

Given his recent performances, his ariel presence and the fact his inclusion in the side has seen us go undefeated in the eight out of nine games he's started, my personal preference would be for the inclusion of the 6'4" Swiss defender ahead of the Frenchman.

If Spurs were to start with Jermain Defoe I would imagine Arsene Wenger deliberating with himself over starting Koscielny who I believe is faster over the ground than Djourou.

So Djourou should start in my opinion.

The other key decision is whether to start with Jack Wilshere, who passed a fitness test yesterday and is included in the squad, or the impressive Denilson.

My preference is for the Brazilian for start. He was impressive in both the recent away wins against Wolves and Everton and has really upped his game this season.

I think he's had to up the ante this term following the increasing competition in the middle of the park.

He's got to fight for a place with Cesc Fabregas, Alex Song, Jack Wilshere, Abou Diaby, Aaron Ramsey, Craig Eastmond, Tomas Rosicky, Samir Nasri and Emmanuel Eboue.

And since the start of the campaign he's started three games and made substitute appearances in four other matches. I think he's come in and done an important job.

Which is why, given the niggle Wilshere has been fighting this week and the fact he's obviously fighting fatigue from all the games he's been involved in since the start of the season, I think the Brazilian should come into the team and start the match.

Apart from those changes I think the team will be the same as started the game at Everton.

Arsene Wenger has indicated that Nicklas Bendtner won't be involved.

So Fabianski will remain in goal, with Wenger not choosing Almunia to be involved with this squad despite resuming training with the first team at the start of the week.

The back four will be Sagna, Squillaci, Djourou and Clichy.

I would have Alex Song and Denilson in the deep lying holding roles.

Samir Nasri, Cesc Fabregas and Andrey Arshavin will start in the attacking positions. With Marouane Chamakh leading the line.

On the bench, I would imagine we'll see Szczesny, Eboue, Koscielny, Wilshere, Walcott, Rosicky, Van Persie.


Eboue - Squillaci - Djourou - Clichy

Song - Denilson

Nasri - Fabregas - Arshavin


Szczesny, Eboue, Koscielny, Wilshere, Walcott, Rosicky, Van Persie.

I'll post the line up as soon as it's announced. Come on you Gooners!

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