Ok we lost to Seville, we did have a second string team out though, I didn’t say second string players as there were more than a few first teamers, but the team was second string.
We’ll be missing Cesc, Robin, Clichy and possibly Hleb, I say possibly as Wenger said there is an outside chance he’ll be fit, which is fantastic news given he was a 3 weeker three days ago.
I expect him to come of the bench, I expect Ade up top with Eduardo and Theo and Bendtner on the bench.
We’ll need our back four ready for the high lob to Carew, so we’ll need Traore in the right frame of mind, so it also wouldn’t surprise me to see Diarra or Hoyte drafted in the left back slot.
Midfield I expect Gilberto, Denilson or Diarra to partner Flamini with Rosicky out left.
Sagna Kolo Gallas Traore
Eboue Diarra Flamini Rosicky
That would be my preferred team but Gilberto in there for height would not be a major surprise.
What’s important is we don’t lose, that’s what can happen after a midweek Euro loss and if that does happen a mini collapse is on the cards.
Villa have won four on the spin but two of those were against Birmingham and Middlesbrough, the Blackburn win though was impressive, but Agbonlahor is out and he is their dangerman, so all is not gloom and doom.
They’ll be more frightened of us than we are of them and we have a good record against the Villa.
Every time we’ve needed a performance this season, we’ve risen to the challenge, so I expect us to nick it.
ManU stuffed them, so it’s a benchmark, if we don’t win ManU will believe they can go on and win the title, if we do win, they may trip up again soon.
I think we’ll be like wounded bears and Gallas for one will be having none of it.
Prediction 2-1 Arsenal.
We have a tough December, 9 games, but one of those will be the rub-a-dubs against Blackburn, one is the champions league game and again the second string will play that one, the other six are all against teams that will have the same amount of games to play, so in theory we will play depleted squads as well.
I fancy our depleted squads against theirs don’t you?
Have a grovetastic weekend!