Saturday, 4 December 2010

Wenger must choose between Rosicky or Van Persie for Fulham clash

Three points is a must for us today.

I think Arsene Wenger will ring the changes again this afternoon.

Cesc Fabregas, Abou Diaby, Manuel Almunia and Thomas Vermaelen remain on the side lines through injury.

So there is no doubt the manager will start his strongest available team to face Fulham, so that could mean no room for Theo Walcott, Carlos Vela, Nicklas Bendtner or Robin Van Persie.

The one of those four who might call for a place is the starting line up is Robin Van Persie.

He played in the 'Cesc Fabregas' role on Tuesday night and I can see the boss having thoughts of playing him there, behind the impressive Marouane Chamakh.

But I wonder if Tomas Rosicky's industrious performance at Villa Park and Van Persie's lack of minutes could sway the boss to keep the Czech in the starting line up.

The other question Wenger will ponder in my opinion is whether to bring back Sebastien Squillaci.

The Frenchman missed the Carling Cup tie with a knee injury. But he's been passed fit for today's game.

Squillaci has been quietly impressive in his debut Premier League and I believe when Thomas Vermaelen is fit, Wenger will pick the experienced Frenchman alongside the Belgium international.

And this is why I believe the boss will bring him straight back into the starting line up. That would mean Johan Djourou would miss out. The Swiss has been impressive in the run of games he's had this season. But Wenger seems to prefer Laurent Koscielny.

Lukasz Fabianski, Bacray Sagna and Gael Clichy will form the rest of the back line.

In the deep lying midfield positions I expect the boss to pick Alex Song and Jack Wilshere.

Ahead in the attacking three positions, I expect to see Samir Nasri, Tomas Rosicky and Andrey Arshavin.

That would leave Marouane Chamakh to spearhead the attack.


Sagna - Koscielny - Squillaci - Clichy

Song - Wilshere

Nasri - Rosicky - Arshavin


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

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