Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Wenger to ring the changes - Arshavin to start against Wigan

With a hectic Festive period and January, I can envisage Arsene Wenger ringing the changes for tonight's trip to the DW Stadium where we play Wigan.

Arguably the trip to St Andrews is the bigger test of the away matches during the Christmas to New Year period.

That's not taking Wigan lightly, but merely stating that a Birmingham City side who held Manchester United to a draw last night as apposed to a Wigan team who sit third from bottom of the Premier League should prove to be a tougher match.

So if we were to rest some legs, I hope it will be tonight when those who didn't play on Monday night will get an opportunity to impress.

Cesc Fabregas will be a big loss. I didn't think he had the best of games in the first half against Chelsea. But he came to light in the second half.

He's suspended for the game, so I imagine the manager will replace him with Tomas Rosicky, who has come in for the captain when he's been out.

The other player I imagine will get a recall tonight is Andrey Arshavin.

He's had two below par performances against Partizan Belgrade and Manchester United by his high standards.

But when he was dropped or rested for the Newcastle game. He came back and had a superb match against Wolves.

I also think there will be changes in defence. I wouldn't be at all surprise if Johan Djourou started tonight's game on the bench with Sebastien Squillaci the obvious replacement.

There could also be a start for Emmanuel Eboue in place of  Bacray Sagna.

With Abou Diaby getting some minutes on Monday, a start tonight wouldn't be out of the question. Could he replace Jack Wilshere? It's certainly an option.

Denilson also could come in perhaps for Alex Song. There is room for the manager to switch things around.

There is room to make changes up front as well. Robin van Persie hasn't played much football this season, so to see him play two games in three days would be a surprise. I think the manager will play Marouane Chamakh ahead of Nicklas Bendtner.

I would suggest the starting line up will be:


Eboue Squillaci Koscielny Clichy

Denilson Diaby

Walcott Rosicky Arshavin


I'll post the team line up when it's announced.

Come on you Gooners!

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