Saturday, 2 April 2011

Wenger must chose between Arshavin and Walcott - Nasri and Wilshere start

Arsene Wenger has a full stregth attack to chose from for the visit of Blackburn Rovers.

Robin van Persie came through a fitness test yesterday as did Nicklas Bendtner. Both are available for selection.

Earlier in the week, Cesc Fabregas, Theo Walcott, Alex Song and Abou Diaby were passed fit after missing games prior to the international break with injury.

The manager therefore must decide which of his returning to start, or rest those who played heavily during the international break.

Andrey Arshavin played 180 minutes for Russia. Jack Wilshere was on the field for England for 150 minutes and Tomas Rosicky completed 184 minutes for the Czech Republic. Whilst France used Samir Nasri for 178 minutes.

Of those four players, I expect just Samir Nasri and Jack Wilshere to start.

Arshavin - having played two full games for Russia both away from home - could probably use a break. Whilst Rosicky  has yet to find any real form this season.

So I would imagine the manager will start with Theo Walcott and Samir Nasri either side of Cesc Fabregas.

The defence picks itself. We have no one back in these areas, so Squillaci and Koscielny start in the centre of defence.

The manager has already stated that Manuel Almunia will start in goal.

I expect the starting line up to be:


Sagna - Squillaci - Koscienly - Clichy

Song - Wilshere

Walcott - Fabregas - Nasri

van Persie

Subs: Lehmann, Eboue, Miquel, Rosicky, Arshavin, Bendtner, Chamakh.

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

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