Two days back we had a massive win against Chelsea. The joy of it is still fresh. Yet today we have an away game and we cannot afford to lose this one. We have taken our big step and now we need to follow it up with another win. And it will send the message out that we are here for sure and we are gunning for glory this season.
But first we must not get carried away and approach the game with the same attitude as we did against Chelsea. Games over a couple days can be tricky as Man Utd found out yesterday and we must be focused. We need to build on the big win against Chelsea and hammer Wigan out of DW stadium, or else just get the three points in whatever manner we can.
The starting lineup is again going to be a tricky business as we have further two games in seven days and Arsene would have to keep the players fatigue in mind.
We can keep the same team that was out against Chelsea except for Fabregas who is suspended. Rosicky can come in his place or we can put out a different team. Whatever Wenger chooses, we would need another top class performance from everyone.
I would prefer that we drop RVP and Djourou as we can’t afford to lose them. They should have a rest before the next match. We have Chamakh and Squillaci who can come in for them.
I would also prefer to keep Walcott as he needs a run of games and start with Nasri on the left. In the centre bring in Rosicky, keep Song and change Wilshere with Diaby, as he also needs a run of games.
At the back I will keep Clichy as we have no other options. I still have my doubts on bringing in Eboue for Sagna as too many changes can sometimes prove to be a liability.
As for the keeper, play Szczesny as he is better in making decisions on the high balls.
So my team would be: Szczesny, Sagna, Squillaci, Koscielny, Clichy, Song, Rosicky, Diaby, Walcott, Chamakh, Nasri
We can sub Nasri, Song and Walcott later when we have the game in control or as the situation is.
As for the game, we need the same approach, the same desire, the same hunger and the same team effort that we saw against Chelsea. We cannot afford to take them lightly and we cannot afford to switch off.
I have no doubts that we will get the three points that will take us joint top. However, doing it in style will make it sweeter.
Go gunners!! Show the world that this season is ours. We all are behind you.