Part 2/13: No euro-hangover allowed against Sunderland

In Arsenal FC, Premier League 2009/10, Title chase 2009/10 last 13 games on February 20, 2010 by Highbury N5 Editor

Over the past few season we have had a fair few hangovers – of the non-alcoholic variety.

Of course I mean the European midweek variety, and we can’t afford to feel sluggish, tired or generally shite tomorrow, the team is depleted but the show must go on, we need three points to keep our faint title hopes alive. We have dropped points after three midweek European games so far this season.

We have lost Diaby to a knee problem, Eduardo’s ‘small small small hamstring’ is still hamstrung and we may well lose Sol Campbell too. There is a chance we could have Song and Almunia back but its no certainty either, all in all it is a bit of a pickle, and congested in that injury treatment room.

Gallas is out for weeks, Eduardo’s injury length is indefinite, as is Diaby’s. Robin van Persie is out for another two months at least, Gibbs – the season, Djourou – the season and Andrey Arshavin could be out for a few weeks too.

Sunderland will not want to take the game to us, so we need power, pace and some decent finishing. I’ve had it with playing Nasri and Rosicky together on the flanks, its samish and unsuccessful, I’d start Eboue there as he is probably our most direct player. It is an important game for Bendtner I feel, he needs that all important goal to get his confidence in front of goal up. He has been out a long time and has been rushed back into a big run of games, he needs time but we don’t really have it.

In midfield I’d be tempted to start Ramsey ahead of Denilson in Diaby’s absence, Cesc and Song make up the other two.

We just have to hope Sol Campbell makes it, Kenwyne Jones is the type of forward we have spectacularly failed to deal with this season so we need to be wary of him and the 15 goal Darren Bent who rather stiffed us one up in Sunderland.

No points can be dropped, if they are its gotta be game over … but I’ve said that before, we all have. I’ll be missing this one as Ive got to work. Typical.

til tomorrow. Come on you redsssssssssss!!!


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