Saturday, 15 January 2011

Wenger to drop Arshavin and Chamakh in favour of Nasri and Van Persie


Arsene Wenger will go into this afternoon's London derby knowing only a win will put Arsenal's momentum back on track.

Having drawn two and lost one in their last three games against Manchester City, Leeds United and Ipswich Town, the Frenchman will call upon two of his biggest names to put the Gunners back on track.

Robin van Persie and Samir Nasri have sat the last two domestic cup games out of Wenger's match day squads. They are both available to him this afternoon.

He will recall Narsi in place of Andrey Arshavin who looks set to be given the weekend off. The manager said at his press conference yesterday:
"He [Arshavin] played every single game since the start of the season. He has played for his national team. 
"He is a bit less physically fresh and after a breather of a few games he will come back stronger than ever because he works hard in training."
While Chamakh looked good when he came on in midweek against Ipswich - replacing the ineffective Bendtner -  I think the Dutchman will come straight back into the team after missing the cup games.

In defence expect Gael Clichy to come in for Kieran Gibbs. Emmanuel Eboue will continue to deputise in place of the suspended Bacray Sagna.

I expect the starting line up and bench to be:

Szczesny

Eboue Djourou Koscielny Clichy

Song Wilshere

Walcott Fabregas Nasri

Van Persie

Subs: Shea, Gibbs, Denilson, Rosicky, Chamakh, Bendtner, Vela

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




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