Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Wenger must make three decisions on who will face Barca


Arsene Wenger has three big decision to make on the selection of his team to take on Barcelona tonight.

The first is in midfield. Who will take the place of Alex Song. The Cameroon international will be missed in his role patrolling the back four after failing to recover from a knee injury.

There are two obvious choices to take his role. Either Abou Diaby or Denilson.

The Frenchman has more physical presence than the Brazilian and his close control as well as ability to get himself out of tight situations will probably see him get the nod.

However Denilson was superb in the home leg of last year's tie and his excellent passing which always seems to find a team mate and keep possession could also be a factor in Arsene Wenger opting for him.

I think Wenger will opt for Diaby because of his muscle in the midfield battle. He'll have to be on top of his game because Arsenal don't need a player who will slow our counter attacking game down.

The other choice is who will replace Theo Walcott on the right hand side of attack.

The French press has been full of claims that Emmanuel Eboue will be given a start in Arsenal's biggest game of the season.

However I don't believe Arsene Wenger will bring in a player who has hardly featured in an attacking role this season, even if he would play the Ivorian for his defensive qualities.

The player more likely to come in for Walcott is Andrey Arshavin. The Russian has begun to find form again after a bleak winter and should have had a goal last weekend, had it not wrongly been called offside.

Arshavin is likely to start on the left with Samir Nasri on the right.

The final decision the manager will decide on is who will lead the attack.

After the Leyton Orient game many would have backed Nicklas Bendtner to take over the mantle from the injured Robin van Persie.

However the stock of Marouane Chamakh rose after Arsene Wenger spoke highly of him at the weekend and he seemed destined to take the lead role.

Now with the miracle come back of Robin van Persie, he seems destined to lead the line.

I believe the manager wouldn't have taken van Persie to Barcelona unless he was sure he could start the game. And I expect the Dutchman to be in the starting line up tonight.

My predicted Arsenal starting 11 is:

Szczesny

Sagna - Djourou - Koscielny - Clichy

Diaby - Wilshere

Nasri - Fabregas - Arshavin

van Persie

I'll post the official team once it's announced later. Enjoy the game where ever you're watching it.
Come on you Gooners!!!



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