November, Our Bogey Month Is Here : The Shaktar Preview
Three losses and one draw out of four visits to Ukraine really doesn’t bode well for us tonight, and our away record in the competition has been quite dismal. Add the absence of Song, Arsh and Fab then the task becomes more daunting. AW had this to say for Fab who’s out with a suspected hamstring injury
“It is too risky,”. “He has no real strain, just a bit of pain. I don’t know what it’s down to but we cannot take a gamble as he has had injuries before.”
Oh well looks like its another start-stop-season for our skipper, but the return of Wilshere to the first team is a welcome boost and after signing a new contract that trippled his pay, a goal and 2 assists shouldn’t be too much to ask for. Then again Shaktar are no mugs, especially on their own turf. Song won’t be able to continue his goal scoring run as a slight knock rules him out and his place will most likely go to the fit again Diaby. Arsh is missing as well and truth be told I’m happy, sub par performances from someone who cost much isn’t pretty.
We really need to show more of grit and determination tonight in a very vocal and intimidating stadium, as a victory guarantees us qualification. AW is banking on Theo to give a scintillating performance after sayin he has the potential to better Henry but asked him to keep his feet grounded. Shaktar would probably remain unchanged with Eduardo starting the likely change. And NO I don’t want him scoring again. With Fabianski in high spirits and playing well it should be easy, so long we convert most of the chances we create.
Possible Lineup : Fabianski, Sagna, Koscielny, Djourou, Clichy, Wilshere, Diaby, Walcott, Nasri, Rosicky, Chamakh.
Subs from : Szczesny, Bendtner, Squillaci, Eboué, Vela, Lansbury, Emmanuel-Thomas, Eastmond
My Prediction : Shaktar 1:3 Arsenal
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Posted on November 3, 2010, in Uncategorized and tagged Chamakh, Clichy., Diaby, Djourou, Fabianski, Koscielny, Nasri, Rosicky, Sagna, Shaktar, UCL, Walcott, Wilshere. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.