Braga vs Arsenal preview: Will we have learnt anything!?

November 23, 2010

The million dollar question after Saturday is: Will the last defeat have thought us anything? I don’t know the answer to this. In fact the answer will only be given at the end of the season because simply words don’t matter now, results do and they haven’t been going in our favor consistently. The defeat on Saturday is still hurting. The away wins against Everton and Wolves are a distant memory as we head into today’s match to redeem our lost faith, or will it?

Today we are facing Braga at their home and a win or a draw will see us qualify for the next round. A loss will make the next group match a must win for qualification.

Our squad is somewhat depleted for today with Andrei Arshavin, Clichy and Van Persie not travelling. Arshavin has been given a rest, Clichy has a back problem and Van Persie isn’t 100 percent so he has been left behind. Besides these Diaby and Vermaelen are still out. Almunia and Ramsey are with the reserve team; in fact they have started the reserve game against Wolves. Wenger was to yet to make a decision on Fabregas. The starting team therefore for me would be

Probable XI: Fabianski, Sagna, Squillaci, Djourou, Gibbs, Song, Wilshere, Fabregas, Walcott, Bendtner, Rosicky.

Fabianski to return in goal. Djourou is improving a lot and he shall a get a start today alongside Squillaci. Koscielny wasn’t spectacular against Tottenham so he should be on bench. Gibbs shall replace Clichy on the left and I hope he lasts for the whole game. Sagna on the right or if he needs a rest then Eboue to replace him.

In middle Wilshere has had his rest so he is likely to start. Song and Fabregas to retain their places. Or if Fabregas isn’t ready Nasri should start then.

Upfront Chamakh needs a breather and as Van Persie hasn’t travelled Bendtner will get an opportunity to start. Walcott to start on the right and I hope he returns to the way he was playing before the injury. Rosicky to start in place of Arshavin to complete the eleven.

The team from here looks strong but we have come to know that nothing comes easy with Arsenal. On any other day it would have been an easy game but after last Saturday you never know. Still it is a new day and we may yet be surprised. We need to be at our 200 percent best for the whole 90 minutes to come up with a win. Anything less will be bad for us and more tense times ahead.

We have beaten them before but this season we have lost against those whom we have beaten before; like Newcastle, Shakhtar and Tottenham. I am not saying anything about this match as the outcome depends on how we show up and how we play. Frankly speaking I will take a draw. We have been so inconsistent that a win won’t change much. I am being pessimistic but that’s how I have been since the derby collapse; we have massive results away from home and then we lose at home a game we are dominating.

Wenger is giving his every drop of blood for success as he said:

“I want so much for this team to win that I am giving every drop of my blood to make sure that they win. I want them to be successful because they deserve it and it hurts when you get so close as you did on Saturday and you don’t manage to do it.”

Let’s hope the team does come up with a solution because something is not right with so much inconsistency.

May be this game will start a run of games for us that will put the defeat behind. Not looking too much ahead, let’s get a result in this one.

Fingers crossed!


Everton vs Arsenal preview: Resilience and Determination will get the three points!

November 14, 2010

Everton vs Arsenal: Another must win game

We are up against Everton today. We weren’t great against Wolves but we did enough to scrap out a win. Wolves were much disciplined and they weren’t shy of attacking. The same is to be expected today. Everton are a good defending side which can be seen from their number of goals conceded this far. They can also score some goals but the return this season hasn’t been good but that can be misleading. With their start striker Luis Saha to return and players like Cahill, Arteta and Pienaar they sure have the personnel to damage any team. Like Wolves this won’t be an easy game. We would have to show the resilience we showed against Wolves and take our chances up front to get the maximum. Read the rest of this entry »


Arsenal vs West Ham preview: Let’s keep the momentum going!

October 30, 2010

So we meet West Ham tomorrow at the Emirates and if things remain the way they are, West Ham is going to have difficult times. They currently sit at 20th place in the league as their start to the season hasn’t been good, their worst in fact in a long time.  Although they will be hoping to get something  as they come into this match on the back of a win and that they have beaten us at the Emirates before, being the first away team to beat us at the Emirates. Read the rest of this entry »


Spurs 1 – 4 Arsenal: That’s what happens for talking too loud + Ratings

September 22, 2010

The win last night at the lane was scintillating. The complete dominance of Arsenal in the first 45 minutes was just awesome to watch. The score line though didn’t reflect the match proceedings due to a few decisions that were not given in our favour. Still the amount of ball possession we had, it was just that Tottenham were not even playing, they were totally outclassed. Carling Cup or not that was one sweet performance by our team and all credit to them and also to Arsene Wenger for putting up a strong team than we have seen in recent years in the cup ties.

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