Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Arsenal vs Olympiacos preview

Evening all,

It seems as though summer has returned to us which may help explain the feeling of dread amongst arsenal fans today! It seems like a long time ago but the wounds are still fresh. The summer was awful so let’s hope it is just the weather that has returned.

I know posting has been limited but the crazy levels of work I have to do at the moment are resulting in a pretty pathetic blog. Fear not though gooners, I am back again to reclaim my throne as the greatest blogger in the whole Goonerverse, or some cheesy film soliloquy.

 To be fair it won’t be the longest update and will really just talk about the upcoming match as I am running late as it is.

There seems to be no relenting on the injury front as we can add Koscielny, Walcott and Gervinho to the already injured Djourou, Squillaci, Vermaelen, Wilshere, Benayoun and Diaby. So as you can see we have four centre backs out, 3 central midfielders out and our two wide men.

Not a great back drop for a competitive European night then but since when have we ever had it easy. The injuries aside we are coming off a decent win against Bolton but the team is changing so much with all the injuries, it is difficult to build properly as there is a lack of consistency within the team and that may show tonight.

As you can see a number problem issues with the team selection, the first one being at centre back. Despite having 5 centre backs at the club we only have one fit that is fully through puberty at this point and as such it seems as though Song will have to slot in. The only alternative would be Iquansi who despite looking good may not get the call up for such an important game today.

The next choice then, assuming it is Song starting at the back, the holding midfielder role is between Frimpong and Coquelin. I have to say Coquelin looked assured on the ball and probably has more experience then Frimpong but it is clear that Frimpong is higher in the pecking order for now and will probably get the nod. Something I actually agree with as I love the passion, the ruthlessness and especially the craziness that comes with the Frimster. Let’s hope he doesn’t get too reckless and get himself sent off though.

The final dilemma would be for the other attacking option. Arshavin will definitely come in so we are looking at a toss up between Miyachi and Chamberlain. Whilst I would like to see Miyachi I think the safer bet would be Chamberlain who certainly deserves a start given his excellent showing against Shrewsbury.

I expect a team of Szczesny, Sagna, Song, Mertesacker, Gibbs, Frimpong, Arteta, Ramsey, Arshavin, Chamberlain, RVP.

In terms of result I am fairly confident but this will not be a walk in the park. I do not think it will be a typical home tie against weaker opposition where they just sit back though. I think our start of season blip will encourage teams to have a go and if we can keep another clean sheet I expect a victory today.

Let’s get two predictions in a row! In the mean time, let the drinking commence.

Up the Arse!


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