The Blackpool Preview; Bitter-Sweet for Arsenal:Two down injured,Four return.
The Tangerines, as Blackpool F.C are known, continue their welcome party into the Premier League with a daunting task of visiting the Emirates to play a team who are always free scoring at home.But they will arrive in high spirits after the demolition job at the DW stadium last week, scoring 4 against Roberto Martinez’s Wigan.
Arsenal meanwhile will be looking to get their campaign back on track after the draw at Anfield last week by securing a win, a BIG one I hope against Blackpool. The last time we played them was in 1999 FA Cup Third Round with a 3-1 win for us. We have met them 81 times, won 42, lost 15 and there have been 24 draws in between.
Onto team news, we welcome back Fabregas, RVP, Song and Djourou to the first team and this comes as a relief after the midweek injuries to Nasri and Frimpong ruling them out for a month and six months respectively. Too bad for Frimpong who was hoping to get a starting berth against the seasiders and Nasri who had a terrific pre-season. AW is still undecided as to whether to start Fab and RVP and still is not sure who to partner Vermaelen in the heart of the defence.
As for team options, I’d like to see AW opt for a 4-3-3 with RVP-Chamakh-Arsha upfront backed up by Fab-Song-Rosicky.Anything less than 3 points from this fixture will be nothing short of embarrassing and will give our doubters a new song this weekend. One or two early goals will put the tie to bed quickly.
Recent rumours linking us to Sevilla and French International Sebastian Squillaci seem to have been quashed with report of him signing a new 2 year deal with the Spanish outfit. This new deal supposedly ties him to 2013. It has also emerged that Fulham having turned down our latest bid for Schwarzer. It should be noted that we did not improve on the initial 2million quid bid which is quite laughable. Obviously, Fulham rate him more than that and while it will take a deal of around 3.5 or 4million to bring him in, a swap deal involving Carlito is being talked about.
Wenger should try to do a deal very fast and by the way, a defender should be top priority as we have seen. At this rate, we’re probably headed for another ridiculous transfer season. I hope not because we’ve suffered for so long and 6 years is not something to ignore.
That’s it gooners, I do not expect any surprises this weekend. So let’s go into this game with confidence of picking all three points. After all, it’s only Blackpool.
From wherever you are reading, have a restful and fun-filled weekend.
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