Blackpool vs Arsenal: Preview and Starting Eleven

This past week has been too long for my liking and I have no doubt it will have been the same for many Gooners. I have missed most of what has happened in the football world in the last week due to my work. Nonetheless,  the team and the manager have come under lots of criticism from all quarters, which was bound to happen after so many bad results, and which has left me wondering what the players would have been going through with nothing but one game a week to look forward to. Arsene Wenger made it clear in his pre-match press conference on Friday the way he sees this season and I am sure that it will have further infuriated a lot of fans.

There a few other things worth discussion from the conference and the post conference talk (the transcript is here) which I will in one of my next posts. For now I will come to the game, which is a must must win if we want to keep some little hope of taking the league title. Blackpool is the only team that has impressed me the most with what they have done this season. They have had some very good results and some very close losses but most of all they have played good football. Their position in the league doesn’t justify how they have done and I will certainly not want them to be relegated.  

However, as this is a must win game for us, we will have to play our best football and make sure they don’t play their game because they can surprise any team. Every game is straight forward from now onwards, perform and win or else start preparing for next season. We don’t want another flat performance like the Blackburn game because if we play the same way, Blackpool will surely damage us more than we can sustain right now.

Their defense is vulnerable but we will need to be clinical in front of goal, which we have failed to do recently, if we want to win this one. Most of all, the team will have to show the desire that they really want to win it 

As for the starting team, Almunia is in goal and the players at the back are likely to remain the same as against Blackburn. As for Sagna’s knee problem, if he doesn’t pass the test, Eboue will come in for him.

In the middle of the park, with no Alex Song, Diaby will come in alongside Wilshere. Fabregas has also been declared fit and is more than likely to start.

Upfront, I will start with Nasri, van Persie and Arshavin. Walcott wasn’t hundred percent and is facing a late fitness test. If he makes it, I will start with him on the bench and bring him on in the second half.

Probable starting XI: Almunia, Sagna, Squillaci, Koscielny, Clichy, Diaby, Fabregas, Wilshere, Nasri, van Persie, Arshavin

Despite all the negativity, I expect a resounding win today and hopefully it will prove to be the catalyst for us. There is still a minor chance that we will win the league, but I have that in the back of my mind. All I want from the team right now is to win all of the remaining games and give their best shot. We are more than capable of doing it but the question remains will we?

I will be utterly disappointed if we don’t try and take the chance, which somehow we have failed to do in the past couple of months. Hopefully, today it will be different and maybe Manu will give us a favor when this season comes to an end. If not, I will know that we did try even if a bit too late.

As always I have my fingers crossed and I am gunning for a win. Have a good day!!

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3 Responses to Blackpool vs Arsenal: Preview and Starting Eleven

  1. Steve Palmer says:

    Nice inspirational post Redgunner,
    I would like to say that this must win game is in the bag, but with the team we have, i’m afraid its not easy to predict, we have many frailties in our side, the longer the season goes, the worst we appear to get. Not backing up our team in the January transfer window was a stupid gamble by Peter Hill Wood, he likes to sound the top man, he likes nothing beter than to tell the media theres lots of money available for Arsene to use, as and when he needs it. But at the end of the day, we know the man may sit in the top spot, but he is incapable of making the kind of decisions needed for a top man. Anybody can deflect the blame down to the manager, but even the frugal Wenger would have Brought in January had the funds been there, Hill Wood is an arogant man, he criticises the fans for actually wanting a winning team, the man is incompetant and should be ushered away to an asylum and left there to count his money, As when you cannot predict a definite 3 points against Blackpool, you know he has been there for to long.

  2. phemchy says:

    a big win 2day wil boost our morale.
    Come on d a r s e n a l

  3. teklit says:

    arsenal6-0blackpool!!!!

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