West Ham vs Arsenal: Preview and Starting Eleven

January 14, 2011

So it’s back to the Premier League after two disappointing cup ties. Before the Leeds game I said that these cup matches came at the right time as our players can have rest and some like Ramsey will get the chance to up their match fitness. What happened is in front of you all with no results in our favor.

But as always we have to move on and start afresh. Tomorrow we have an opportunity to bounce back as we face West Ham at their home. Despite them being bottom of the table, this won’t be an easy game. They are coming on the back of an impressive win against Birmingham in the other semifinal of the Carling Cup and they will be pumped up. They will no doubt fancy their chances after seeing us play the way we played against Ipswich Town.

However, if we take the game seriously and perform well, it shouldn’t be much of a problem. Scoring goals will matter because lately we haven’t found the net. The more time we take to score our first goal, the more West Ham will grow in confidence. They will for sure park their busses and try to hit us on the counter, so it will be up to us to break them down and score and not give them chances to counter attack.  

As far as the team is concerned, there won’t be many changes for this one.

With Fabianski injured, Szczesny will remain in goal.

The back line will also remain the same as from last match with the only change that Clichy should come in for Gibbs.

In the middle, Song will return to partner Fabregas and Wilshere.

Upfront Nasri and Van Persie after their rest are also going to start and Walcott will retain his place.  

Probable starting XI: Szczesny, Eboue, Djourou, Koscielny, Clichy, Song, Fabregas, Wilshere, Walcott, RVP, Nasri

No matter how we played in the last two games, I, as always, expect us to win. We can’t afford to drop more points in the Premier league so this is a must win game. With Manu playing against Tottenham on Sunday, three points tomorrow will put more pressure on Manu.

Hopefully, we will get the three points and Tottenham will do the rest. Keep your fingers crossed and enjoy the match!!