Arsenal are playing Sevilla away tonight in our penultimate Champions League game. Arsene is resting Gallas and Adebayor, he defends his choice here. He makes a good point, that those two have played a lot of games recently, and the players coming in should be almost the same standard. Clichy has also not travelled due to a thigh problem he picked up at Wigan.
Against Slavia he made 8 changes and the team looked very unincisive, but tonight there is the incentive that a win will mean we top the group (and therefore play our first second round match away). Having said that even a draw leaves our fate in our own hands, with Steaua Bucharest at home to beat after. The younger players will hopefully take this as encouragement. I trust Wenger on this one, the players coming in are of good quality and fatigued and injured players are no good to anyone. Wenger says:
“Bendtner will get a start. He has played well when he has come on. But he had not the best game in Prague so I want to give him another chance.”
This is great, I think that Bendtner has looked really good when he has come on in games, especially against Wigan, he can win headers and is tall and powerful, as well as having passing, pace and goalscoring ability. Steve Bruce, who had him on loan last year with Birmingham, said he would love to have him back, so I reckon he has the potential to be a first team player. Lets hope he takes this chance to impress!
Kanoute says here that he is ‘relishing the challenge’..
Congratulations to Hleb, he has won the Belarus Player of the Year award, he must be getting used to it as he won it in 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2006 and was the 2004 runner up!!
Keown, the old stalwart has commented on Fabregas and I couldn’t agree more with him when he says:
“Cesc is the orchestrator of everything. He’s developed into an outstanding player and looks like a natural winner,”
What more is there to say!!!
According to the Mirror Henry wanted Tevez at Arsenal…
An interesting link here about Arsene’s rebuilding..
Ok then, here’s to a win tonight!!