Saturday, 12 February 2011

Arsene Wenger has two big decisions to make over his Wolves team

Arsene Wenger has to make two key decisions ahead of this afternoon's match with Wolves.

With Barcelona on the horizon, the Frenchman will have to make his mind up on whether to start with fit again pair Johan Djourou and Alex Song.

Although both players came through fitness tests at London Colney on Friday, the Arsenal manager may play it safe when it comes to selecting them in his team.

There is no doubt that Wenger wants to go into the Champions League tie with the Spanish champions with his strongest possible starting 11.

However he is mindful that his team have got them into an excellent position near the summit of the Premier League and every point counts within this league.

Although bottom of the table, Wolves will provide Arsenal with a tough test. They will be buoyed by the victory last weekend over league leaders Manchester United and have a decent home record against top of the table sides.

Mick McCarthy will also be confident his team can take something from the game having seen Arsenal surrender a four goal lead last weekend.

However I believe that Wenger will select his best possible side to start the game, which will include both Djourou and Song.

He will be mindful of the successful run we have had whilst Djourou has been in the team and with the chance to close the gap at the top with Manchester United, go with the pair who will make our side more robust.

If he decides to place the pair on the bench, Sebastien Squillaci will take Djourou's place alongside Laurent Koscielny whilst Denilson would be a suitable replacement for Song.

My predicted Arsenal XI (4-2-3-1)


Sagna - Djourou - Koscielny - Clichy

Song - Wilshere

Walcott - Fabregas - Arshavin

van Persie

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

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