Stoke squad will do little to inspire confidence

In Arsenal FC, FA Cup on January 22, 2010 by Highbury N5 Editor

Its a decision which will really earn Arsene his corn this week: who to risk against Stoke, and who to give a rest to.

We know for starters that we will have a new defence, Coquelin may well start at right back, Campbell at center half alongside Silvestre, left back may well be Clichy as he needs a bit of gametime. He is on the ground he scored his first and only goal for the club in the defeat last season.

The midfield will probably have a couple of changes too, Eastmond has played in the last two games so may well warrant another start, as would Fran Merida if he wasn’t on the injury list which is quite frankly, a joke. Now for the big call. Cesc. He has only just come back from injury so is fairly fresh you would think, on the other hand we cant risk a relapse of his hamstring injury.

If we are really going for the FA Cup, Fabregas will start.

I would think Jack Wilshere will make up the third of the midfield trio, he needs a big game after all of his performances not living up to the hype that is on his shoulders, could this be a breakthrough game for the 18 year old? I hope so.

All things considered, we need a front three that can threaten, a bit of a long shot but Sanchez Watt may be in with a shout of starting on the left, with Vela down the middle and Walcott on the right. Three players with pace, two of them with blistering pace that will cause Stoke’s lumbering defenders problems, its the way I would go anyway.

Momentum is the key here, remember when we got stuffed by United at Old Trafford? That was just as big a downer as the incidents at Birmingham in my opinion, so the best way to keep things on the upward spiral they are at the moment is to win at Stoke.

It will not be a case of lambs to the slaughter like it was against Man City in the Carling Cup, but we have to bare in mind the physique of the Stoke team, big, tall players that whilst not be the most talented bunch, they will make up for it in strength and desire. Thats where I think a strong experienced bench could help us out, Eduardo, Arshavin and Rosicky could all come on if needed and inject some extra quality, It worked for us against West Ham, why not here?

The squad has not been released yet but I’m told there are a lot of kids in it. Lets see what delights Wenger has in store for us.

The injury list has hit 10, with 12 players unavailable in total:

Sagna, Merida, Wilshere, Gibbs, Diaby, Bendtner, Ramsey, Nasri, Djourou, Van Persie. Song and Eboue are on ACN duty of course. Our first team is absolutely decimated.


2 Responses to “Stoke squad will do little to inspire confidence”

  1. […] 22, 2010 Just a quick post after this afternoon’s comment on the probable squad to face Stoke at Sunday […]

  2. […] a quick post after this afternoon’s comment on the probable squad to face Stoke at Sunday […]

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