Arsenal vs Leyton Orient: Preview and Starting Eleven

March 2, 2011

Well, the only good thing about fixtures every three days is that you have the chance to respond quickly after a bad game and today we are in a similar situation. After what happened on Sunday, we have to forget that and get back to winning ways today.

Leyton Orient pay us a visit today and although it is an unnecessary fixture but for me today is the most important game for us considering the fact that it will show how much the Carling Cup loss has affected us. A win today and we will be back on track after a slight bump. And considering them, it will be criminal to lose.

All we need to do is stay focused for the full 90 minutes and fight for every ball. We cannot win by simply moving the ball around. We need to perform all over the pitch. Be it scoring goals or defending, we want the whole team to give their best. And please Arsenal, kill the game, don’t wait for the opposition to score and grow in confidence.

Arsene Wenger has already ruled out plenty of players with injuries for today as well as for the next match. So, we are in line to see a similar set of players who featured in the first match against them and hopefully they will prove their worth today.

In goal, Almunia is coming in for Szczesnyas Wenger said in his press conference on Tuesday. With Koscielny ruled out, I expect Djourou and Squillaci to partner at the centre of defense and on the flanks Eboue and Gibbs are most likely to feature.

In the middle, I would like Nasri to feature but we all know it won’t happen with plenty of fixtures coming up. It will most likely be the trio of Denilson, Diaby and Rosicky as we can’t play Song due to injury and Wilshere and Nasri both need to have a rest.

Up front, Chamakh, Bendtner and Arshavin are set to feature as we have don’t have Walcott and Van Persie.

Probable starting XI: Almunia, Eboue, Djourou, Squillaci, Gibbs, Diaby, Rosicky, Denilson, Bendtner, Chamakh, Arshavin

These players failed the first time around but tonight I am expecting them to give Leyton a spanking to remember. I am expecting a big performance from the team.

A couple of goals will be enough to put this fixture to rest. However, I want us to score at least 4 goals and keep a clean sheet.

Keep your fingers crossed, tonight we will get back to winning ways. Have a great day and enjoy the game. Come on Arsenal!! and come on Gooners!!

Arsene Wenger’s injury news with updates on Van Persie and Fabregas

March 2, 2011

Van Persie has been sidelined for a minimum of three weeks after a knee injury he got in the game against Birmingham on Sunday.

Speaking ahead of the Leyton Orient game, Arsene Wenger on Tuesday confirmed the bad news by saying how according to the scans it can be longer but three weeks Is the minimum time for which Van Persie is going to be out.

Van Persie as a result is going to miss the match against Barcelona as he joins Theo Walcott, who was ruled out of the Barcelona clash last week.

Fabregas, however, has a possibility to play in the return leg against Barcelona as the manager said that he is making good and quick progress on his hamstring injury.

Alex Song also has a good chance to make the Barcelona game as he is sideline for today and has a small chance to feature this Saturday due to a knee injury.

Meanwhile, Laurent Koscielny as well is going to miss today’s game due to a tight hamstring with the manager admitting he also needs a breather.

Diaby, on the other hand, is back in the squad and inline to start today’s game as the manger admitted he was cautious in not selecting him for the final on Sunday. Almunia is also going to start against Leyton Orient with Szczesny on the bench.

Speaking to Arsenal TV Online, Wenger said:

 “Unfortunately, we had bad news on the scan and he [Robin Van Persie] will be out for the next three weeks for sure. It could be longer. The shortest delay we can imagine is three weeks [so] he is definitely out for Barcelona. Cesc is looking possible [for that game]. He is making quick and good progress. It is possible. He [Theo Walcott] is out. We said from the day he got the injury against Stoke you could count three weeks.

Alex Song has a knee problem as well. From his scan we had good news, it is only blood from a kick on the outside of his knee. He is out for Leyton Orient and has a very small chance for Saturday. But he has a good chance for Barcelona.

Koscielny has a tight hamstring. There is a little bit of fatigue in there aswell so we will give him a breather. Diaby was not in the squad on Sunday. I was cautious with him. He has missed many games this season and I did not want to take a gamble with the intensity of a cup final. He will play on Wednesday night. Almunia needs games so he will play but Wojciech is alright and will be on the bench.”