Finally we’ve almost reached the night we’ve all been waiting for, after a long 9 day break, Arsenal kick off against Everton tomorrow evening. It will be a relief to many Gooners, who have been suffering from withdrawal symptoms! Anyway I expect, providing all of the players are fit we will see a line-up similar to this,
It looks as though it is our strongest possible line-up at the moment but, I wouldn’t be surprised if Arsene rested The Ox in favour of Gervinho. Hopefully Rosicky will deliver another impressive performance in the middle of the park, as he has started to show some attacking promise in the past few weeks. We have won 7 of the last 11 meetings with Everton, and they are coming off the back of two recent games including a draw. You could say the stats favour us, but underestimating the toffees could cost us dearly.
Mikel Arteta has spoken about how there is ‘no reason’ why he should receive any abuse from the Everton fans. He hopes the fans can forget the nature of the move away and focus on all he gave in his many years there. In my opinion, there is little they can be angry about, he moved due to his desire for champion’s league football, and it’s hardly like we stole him for pennies!
“I really can’t wait to go there, and I hope I’ll get a good reception because I gave Everton everything I had in my time there and I love the club.
“Everyone there was great to me and, even though I left, hopefully people understood.
“There’s no reason for any of us to be unhappy with each other.”
Next up, Kieran Gibbs is confident that tired legs could prove a major factor in the game tomorrow. He thinks that Arsenal are starting to pull out of the so called injury ‘crisis’ and want to move forward and continue the run of good results.
“It is a relief to have a break until the next game and it was important for us to get that because we have played quite a lot recently in a short space of time,”
“We should have players coming back from injury now so we should be getting some fresh legs looking to go for the rest of the season strongly.
“Football changes so much. We’ve seen over the last few seasons that anything can happen now and it is important for us to cement our place [in the top four] and keep winning.”
I am with Gibbs, and i think the last two games Everton have played will have drained them somewhat; this should tip in our favour after a prolonged 9 day break.
Finally to Finnish on a good note, Abou Diaby is expected to start in the Arsenal Reserves clash with Liverpool this afternoon. It seems that Wenger has started to use this as a method to ease players returning from injury, back into competitive football. He has also used it to give some of the fringe players a run out in recent weeks, and I think it is a good move. It is just such a shame that a player like Diaby, who showed so much promise before his career was plagued by injury, has to go through this. If he cannot gain some consistency in the near future, I’m not sure we can keep hold of him. I expect he has a fairly sized dent in the wage budget.
Anyway, tune in tomorrow for more team news before the game.
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