Daily Archives: February 23, 2011
From Barcelona to Lleyton Orient, the game against Stoke is just as important this season, dare I say more important than any game we’ve played so far this season. One, its our game in hand over the likes of Citeh and Spu*s and two, it gives us the opportunity to close the gap on United till they play their outstanding match. Standing in our way is the pesky side known as Stoke. Oh the horror.
We welcome one of the most physical teams in the league to our yard and according to the form book we should be confident seeing as we haven’t lost a game this year but stoke are not that bad either. The only blot on the team news is the absence of red hot striker Robin Van Persie and in form defender Kozzer. As much as this might look as a blow I think rvp needs the rest more than anyone, let’s just hope its not worse than feared as they should be back to tackle Brum on sunday in the Carling Cup final.
Djourou is back after shaking off the back injury that kept him out of the draw at the weekend. All the rested players will return with my only fear being the presence of Squillaci in the back four, hopefully it won’t spell doom. This is a chance for Bendtner or Chamakh to provide Wenger with some selection headache in the absence of RVP, and I hope they grab the chance with both hands. I hope Nikky B gets the nod ahead of Chammy.
This is already a win for us on paper as the odds and facts are heavily stacked against Stoke who have lost the last three Premier League meetings between the two teams and will have to go back to 1981 for their last win at Arsenal. Also Stoke have lost all four of their away league games in 2011, conceding seven goals and scoring just once. So let’s go out there and avoid another Lleyton Orient as a slip up MUST be avoided at all costs.
Sagna Squillaci Djourou Clichy
- Wilshere Song Fabregas
- Walcott Bendtner Nasri
Prediction : Arsenal 3~1 Stoke
***UPDATE*** Aaron Ramsey has been recalled from his loan spell at Cardiff with Arsene insisting he’s ready to play again for Arsenal. The midfielder scored the second goal in Cardiff’s 2-0 win against Leicester yesterday. I for one am happy about this especially as it should spell doom for Denilson’s playing time and seeing as we play five games in the next 14 days and would need to rotate, his return is a welcome boost. He’s pencilled in to play in the FA Cup replay next wednesday.
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