Friday, 2 March 2012

Concerns over Rosicky's fitness -Ramsey misses Liverpool and Milan -Wenger targets win

Morning Gooners.

The manager has delivered the injury news ahead of tomorrow's game with Liverpool. It appears all those who played against Spurs will be available - despite the boss haven't immediate concerns after the game about Thomas Vermaelen and Tomas Rosicky, both look set to be involved. Vermaelen should certainly be - he featured for Belgium in their draw with Greece on Wednesday night.

As for Rosicky, well there is no news. So I'd hope that he will be fit for the match tomorrow, although I do have my concerns. Last Sunday's performance was one of his best games in an Arsenal shirt since returning from the injuries which kept him out of the game for more than a year. It wouldn't surprise me if he was missing but we do need him in the team, as Aaron Ramsey is set to miss the next two matches.

I hope the manager can pick the same team which started against Spurs. We need to keep our momentum going in the league. The players I have concerns about their involvement are the African players. They wouldn't have arrived back in London until late yesterday afternoon and they've travelled a long way plus have played a game of football. While we can rest Gervinho because we have other options and Marouane Chamakh is unlikely to start, we'll need Alex Song in the starting line up. There is no other option because Francis Coquelin's hamstring injury will keep him out for four weeks.

We need to employ the same tactics as we used against Spurs. To press the ball and offer Liverpool no time to play their own game. If we work hard as a team we can get a result on Merseyside. The scousers will obviously be playing their first home game since lifting the Carling Cup, so will be up for this one but Arsene Wenger says the winning of that trophy will have much of an impact on this game.

Wenger said:

"I don't think [the cup victory] will have a massive impact. What is at stake is a Champions League position. 
"Liverpool have the same target as we have and it will be tight, but compared to us they are in the position we are in with Tottenham [seven points behind], but they have a game in hand. 
"It is difficult for everybody and every game now will be special. That is why it is a massive game for both teams."

We've got a good run going in the league. We need to ensure we keep that going and take three points tomorrow lunchtime. After the Spurs result we should have no doubts about how we go about winning the game. If we work hard, we should take all three points back to north London.

The manager will speak to the media later, let's hope for some news on Rosicky. Until tomorrow.


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