Saturday, 5 March 2011

Arshavin, Nasri and Wilshere should be part of Wenger's changes for Sunderland


Arsene Wenger will opt to play his strongest available line up for the visit of Sunderland to the Grove today.

With Manchester United dropping points at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night, Wenger will want to capitalise on their slip up with a win this afternoon, leaving the Gunners a point off the Premier League summit.

The fact the Gunners play Barcelona on Tuesday should not affect his team line up. He will know that his side are now in a prime position to take the league title race to the wire.

Although Arsenal are in a good position in their Champions League tie, the Gunners are still the underdogs and critics do not believe they will progress through to the next stage.

However Wenger believes the best possible way to prepare for Pep Guardiola's side is to take three points from their match this afternoon.

Sunderland have failed to win in their last four games, so Arsenal will go into the game with their tails up.

Wenger will be unable to select Robin van Persie, Theo Walcott, Cesc Fabregas Alex Song and Thomas Vermaelen who are all injured.

Abou Diaby had a strong midweek performance and should retain his place in the side. He is likely to start in the deep lying midfield role alongside Jack Wilshere.

The attacking trio are likely to consist of Nicklas Bendtner, Samir Nasri and Andrey Arshavin, with Marouane Chamakh leading the line.

In goal, Wojciech Szczesny should return with a back four in front of him consisting of Bacray Sagna, Johan Djourou, Laurent Koscielny and Gael Clichy.

I predict the Arsenal line up will be:

Szczesny

Sagna - Djourou - Koscielny - Clichy

Diaby - Wilshere

Bendtner - Nasri - Arshavin

Chamakh

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



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