Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Szczesny must start - Walcott, RVP, Bendtner and Vela up front?

Tonight is he all important next game the Arsenal players and manager always talk about.

And win this one and we'll be through to a two legged semi final, which of course is only a stage away from a final.

Now the manager has said this season more than ever we've got the squad to compete on four fronts and I'm with him on this one.

There is no reason with the strike force we have comprising of any of Marouane Chamakh, Robin Van Persie, Nicklas Bendtner, Carlos Vela or Jay Emmanuel Thomas we cannot go on and win some silverware this season.

And I didn't even mention Andrey Arshavin, Tomas Rosicky, Theo Walcott or Cesc Fabregas.

The one area I worry about is the strength and depth we have in defence, especially in the centre of defence.

That is why one of the key decisions tonight is who the manager selects in goal and in defence.

Wojciech Szczesny has a bright future ahead of him and put in a good performance in the last round of the cup against Newcastle. I think it would be detrimental to his development if he wasn't given a start between the posts this evening.

He's been second choice to Manuel Almunia since the Spaniard's absence with an elbow injury.

The younger Pole will no doubt be on the bench against Fulham on Saturday, so to give him some match practice would be no bad idea.

He's not played since the Newcastle game either for the first team or the reserves, so minutes on the pitch would be worthwhile.

In front of Szczesny, even though Emmanuel Eboue has only just returned to the first team squad since his injury I would expect him to start to give Bacray Sanga a well earned rest.

In the centre of defence, Johan Djourou needs some game time and hasn't featured since the victory over Everton. I expect him to be partnered by Laurent Koscielny, with Sebastien Squillaci out through a knee injury.

Left back will no doubt be Kieran Gibbs, who also needs game time.

In front of the defence in the defensive midfield roles, Denilson will come in and I expect Craig Eastmond who has done well enough in the previous rounds to warrent a place.

I imagine the attacking three will consist of Theo Walcott on the right, Robin Van Persie in the centre and Carlos Vela on the left.

Leading the line in my line up would be Nicklas Bendtner.

So my prediction for the starting 11 is:


Eboue - Koscielny - Djourou - Gibbs 

Denilson - Eastmond

Walcott - Van Persie - Vela 


Subs: Almunia - Nordtveit - Randell - Wilshere - Rosicky - Nasri - Emmanuel Thomas.

Remember if you're heading to the game, put your thermals on. It's sure to be extremely cold. Lets make it an electric atmosphere.

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

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