Sunday, 27 February 2011

Will Wenger spring a surprise with his cup final team selection?


The injuries to Cesc Fabregas and Theo Walcott create a dilemma for Arsene Wenger as to who he picks to replace the duo.

There are several candidates for the manager to chose from, but none of those the Frenchman can pick from offer the same attacking threat that the Spaniard and Englishman provide.

To my mind Wenger can pick from: Abou Diaby, Denilson, Tomas Rosicky, Andrey Arshavin and Nicklas Bendtner.

Each offer their own benefits.

I believe the first decision the manager makes will be his easiest.

Andrey Arshavin has been pushing for a starting spot and the injury to Walcott offers the Frenchman the opportunity to recall the Russian.

Arshavin will take a spot on the left, which will displace Samir Nasri.

Of course, Nasri can play anywhere along the line of the attacking three behind Arsenal's central striker Robin van Persie but losing Nasri from the wing could make Arsenal's attack too one dimensional.

However he is the ideal player to replace Cesc Fabregas.

That's why i believe the manager will use the Frenchman in the middle and place Nicklas Bendtner on the right of Arsenal's attack.

He could however spring a surprise and recall Abou Diaby after his absence through injury and suspension to play in the Fabregas role behind the striker.

I feel though Diaby takes his time readjusting after being out of the team and is slow in finding a pass when in possession. This could be a  factor against him when Arsenal need to be quick and incisive in front of the Birmingham defence.

I believe the Arsenal starting 11 will be:

Szczesny

Sagna - Djourou - Koscielny - Clichy

Song - Wilshere

Bendtner - Nasri - Arshavin

van Persie

I'll post the official line up once it's announced.  Come on you Gooners - lets win this one!!!



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