Sunday, 17 April 2011

Which of Song/Diaby or Arshavin/Walcott will Wenger pick for Liverpool?

Arsene Wenger has two big decision to make with his team selection for today's clash with Liverpool.

I expect that Wojciech Szczesny and Johan Djourou will come straight back into the team - these are easy decisions.

The Pole has been outstanding in his debut season and the Swiss international has made a massive contribution to the Gunners success in the Premier League.

However to my mind, Wenger must chose who he wants to play alongside Jack Wilshere in the deep lying holding midfield role.

Alex Song, who is available after injury, seems the natural choice. However Abou Diaby had a good game against Blackpool last weekend, weighing in with a performance which could be argued deserves to see him retain his position.

I don't think the Frenchman's game is balanced enough though and with his disciplinary issues - he seems to pick up bookings for silly things - I would suggest Alex Song's return could rebalance the side.

The other decision is who to play on the right hand side of attack. Theo Walcott was only fit enough to make the bench last weekend. Today you would expect him to be available from the start.

Walcott offers us pace and guile. He also pushes the opposition defence back, making a decision for them to play a high line look suicidal.

But Samir Nasri and Andrey Arshavin were in good form last weekend and I would be surprised to see Wenger change our front line.

So therefore expect Walcott to be introduced in the 70th minute.

I think the rest of the team picks itself. Bacray Sagna has been put on the manager's injured list, so expect Emmanuel Eboue to continue at right back.

Therefore I expect the Arsenal starting 11 to be:


Eboue - Djourou - Koscielny - Clichy

Song - Wilshere

Nasri - Fabregas - Arshavin

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

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