28 responses

  1. Dark Prince
    20/09/2010

    If Vermaelen is fit for next weekend’s match then I think either of Squillaci or Koscielny should partner Djourou in central defence.

  2. Dark Prince
    20/09/2010

    I still believe Mannone or Szczesny should be played. They should be regularly used. Also i believe we should had loaned Fabianski so that he too can get experience from regular games.

  3. Indian Gunner
    20/09/2010

    Alex song is suspended for this match…he will be available for this weekend against west brom.

    And Clichy should play instead of gibbs,because Gibbs will be our first choice left back from here on ..

  4. HansRott
    20/09/2010

    Yes, Fabianski will be in goal instead of Szczesny even though he’s no right to be.

    Eastmond at right back? When we have a perfectly good Nordtveit or Gavin Hoyte to play there. Doubtful.

    Djourou’s been terrible in the reserves so far. Though he’ll probably play I’d expect Squillaci to play alongside him. The caveat being that if TV5 isn’t ready for Saturday Wenger may play himself.

    Our standout players in the reserves this season have been JET, Aneke, and Afobe. Sunu hasn’t even featured since the UEFA U-19 France win. I’m not even sure he plays for us anymore. But it doesn’t matter the front three should be JET/Afobe/Vela on merit … though Chamakh’s been dropping hints.

    The problem with experience on the bench – let alone in the side – is Saturday. Everyone’s injured so would AW risk any of his ‘alternative’ players tomorrow? Would he risk a Chamakh injury – a Denilson one – a Wilshere or Rosicky injury? I don’t think so.

    This is a match that should be left mainly to the kids. The first team is so decimated we’ve no alternative.

  5. WalterBroeckx
    20/09/2010

    I wouldn’t be surprised if I knew as much as Tony.
    But where is Nordtveit hanging out for the moment? He looked promising in preseason as far as I know anything about it off course. He will not be intimidates by big crowds as he has been used to that in Germany last year.
    So I would surely play him.

  6. WalterBroeckx
    20/09/2010

    I agree with HansRott. Just let the kids play please. We are again losing an average of one player per game for the moment so we can’t afford to lose that many more. The only exception would be Song or Denilson. Denilson to give him a full game but only when Song is suspended for this one. If Song is suspended for Saturday than Song can play tomorrow.
    The league and Champions league is far more important than the CC to risk any player.

  7. Abu
    20/09/2010

    Eboue should be deployed to the right and Koscienly at the heart of our defence. denilson and Vela also require more field appearances. The rest fo the slots can be field by the kids.

  8. dats
    20/09/2010

    Is Nordveit injured?

  9. ugandan goon
    20/09/2010

    Re: sunu, i am sure he is on loan to a french team but as you say he say seems to have dropped off the radar even on loan watch, i reckon he is injured and nobody wants to tell the fans because it would make loan spells suddenly seem such a bad idea

  10. Messi’s dad
    20/09/2010

    Agree that we should play the kids, and I especially hope that Chamakh is not risked!

    There might be an “anchor of experience” usual in our CC games tho – Eboue, Denilson / Song and Djourou / Vermalaen, if fit (purely to give some match practice). Wilshere might be rested – he looked somewhat tired to me against Sunderland towards the end.

    I think the Totts will play their first team – CC cup means more to them than to us? ahem.. the biased snob in me doesn’t think they’re quite ready to act like one of the big boys yet…

    Totts first team may be a bit too strong for our CC (3rd string) team. Can’t decide if going out at this stage will be good or bad overall for us, given the priceless exposure given to our kids vs our need this early in the season to avoid unnecessary injuries to our first teamers.

  11. Icedre20
    20/09/2010

    I’m not sure that Spurs will play their strongest side. Surely the Champions league will be more important now, with a game next week, and they will want to keep their top players fresh. I think you will get players like Bentley, Bassong, Dos Santos who are first team players but rarely start.

  12. Messi’s dad
    20/09/2010

    @Icedre20:

    u could be right. perhaps one big reason why no one, including Tony, seems to have a good clue is b’cos we facing the Totts in the CC cup when we both have Champions League aspirations coming up is a completely novel situation. lol

  13. coach
    20/09/2010

    I understand Nordtveit is injured and Sunu is on loan in France. The team will be a mixture of youth and experience so expect a line up like the one below
    fabianski
    eboue/hoyte djourou squillaci gibbs
    eastmond denilson
    lansbury
    rosicky J-e-T Vela
    subs…randall cruise mannone aneke wiltshere

  14. Terence McGovern
    20/09/2010

    I suspect that AW may go for a tad more experience than usual if only because he has a bigger squad.

    Given our injury list, it will not seem as big a change as normal because some of our non-automatic starters are actually pretty good.

    Szczesny
    Nordveit
    Squillachi
    Djourou(dont be surprised in Koscielny plays instead to give the pairing more practice)
    Gibbs
    Denilson
    Nasri
    Wilshere
    Vela
    Chamakh
    JET

    This is a team without Almunia, RVP, THEO, Cesc, Song, Rosicky, Arshavin, Bentner or Vermaelen.

    It is true that some are absent through injury but really from a selection point of view, that is not where you start your consideration.
    In the event of everybody being fit(chance would be a fine thing,)AW would probably consider Theo and Bentner but otherwise the rest wouldn’t play.

    There are others from our youth set up that some might think should be considered but really, then you would have players who do not automatically start for the first team but would be considered too good for the CC, which would leave them in a sort of Limbo, which would be silly. AW doesn’t do silly.

    I rarely do predictions for team selection but the way that I see it, this team picks itself for the following reasons:

    Nasri needs to get match fitness.

    Vela is due a start.

    Szczesny is most likely our number 2(in planning if not in name), with a need for a more prominent role to aid his development.

    Gibbs is also due a start.

    JET is a must start or else what do we have him for?

    Wilshere needs as much experience as we can give him and whilst he has started alot of games, is still in that transitional place between regular starter and reserve which puts him on the pitch in the CC.

    Any of the 2 new centre halves and the old always-injured one could do with more time to get to know each other. Honestly I wouldn’t be surprised if Djourou is on the bench. Given how well our two new lads played at the weekend and midweek, poor old Johann is definitely 4th choice now.

    Nordveit looked pretty good and indeed pretty comfortable when he has shown in pre-season. This is his obvious competitive 1st team debut.

    Denilson needs to get his match fitness up.

    Chamakh may not play but he obviously wants to and this would be great experience for him. His absence would mean TR7 plays, swapping JET to the centre and I just can’t see AW risking him when Cesc may be injured.

    Then again what do I know eh?
    Nortveit could be carrying an injury.
    AW may want to rest Chamakh.
    Vito Mannone may be impressing in training.
    Eastmond may replace Denilson as DM which while understandable is not preferable.

    Either way we will find out soon enough.

    Old Twitchy face will no doubt put his full side out under the guise of “We need to get used to playing 2 competitive games a week now that we are a CL team”

    Enjoy it while it lasts Harry.

  15. johan
    20/09/2010

    http://worldfootball.dailymail.co.uk/
    look at the tackle on messi!!
    after the game guardiola said to the press:
    “We are pleased with our game, but no such action. The images speak for
    themselves. It appeals to the media, those who write the articles, you must
    say the following. Messi is one of the players who cheat the lowest in the league. His only
    concern is to play well and score goals. We must not only protect
    Cristiano Ronaldo. Referees must protect all players.”
    and today the press here in spain speak about it like a tragedy… messi out 2 weeks minimum… when in england player like paul robinson doesnt even get a yellow card for his tackle on diaby.. worse wenger is critisized for speaking about it!!

    and to finish the last from big sam…
    http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11670_6386615,00.html

  16. Tony
    20/09/2010

    There is nothing I can find on the internet anywhere to say what is happening to Sunu, and certainly nothing relating to a loan spell in France.

    The loan list on Arsenal’s site contains nothing about him http://www.arsenal.com/reserves/arsenal-s-loanees

    He is a guy we bought in for around £1m so he’s not just a kid that came in from the street, and the performance he put in for France was terrific in the summer.

    And as I said in the article, he was listed as being one of ours on 1 September – just 20 days ago.

    Coquelin is on loan in France, but Sunu?

  17. Tony
    20/09/2010

    Nordveit was not in the last reserve match, and there was a report that after we managed to sign two new centre backs he would be allowed to go out on loan again. Eastmond was brought in as a full back, who is described as also being able to play elsewhere.

  18. critic
    20/09/2010

    who cares about diddly cup??league is the priority and then champs league and then fa cup…with so much injuries at the starting boss shouldn’t risk anymore injuries…..
    good to see nasri complete full 90 minutes in two successive games….

  19. Cape Gooner
    20/09/2010

    My prediction is that our back four will be Eboue, Djourou, Nordtveit, Gibbs; Wilshere and Denilson in midfield and Vela up front.

    That leaves room for Eastmond in midfield with JET and Lansbury in attack.

    I think he will play Wilshere tomorrow, rest him on Saturday, play him in the Champions League and then decide what to do against Chelsea.

    By the way, Desi Gunner has an outstanding analysis of the Sunderland game on http://desigunner.wordpress.com/

  20. Gennie
    20/09/2010

    Hi everybody,
    @HansRott, Dark Prince, Terence McGovern and others, from the look of things this season, if TV5 is fit, then he should partner Djourou in the tots match. The two French men SS18 and LK6 have been very impressive to the extent that TV5 is not really missed. In fact, I would dare say that of the three, i.e. TV5, SS18 and LK6, he (TV5) is less of a defender or he is not better than any of the two French men. Given that the two French men played on Saturday, TV5 should play on Tuesday to gain some match sharpness after the injury.
    Also, as Song is suspended for the tots match, Denilson should play to improve his fitness, as he has not really played this season. I heard Nordveit was injured, so Eboue should play right back to give the defense some stability) otherwise it should be Hoyte there and Eboue in Midfield). Eastmond really should be in midfield playing a double pivot with Denilson, with Lansbury in the Cesc role but deeper than Cesc plays to help with midfield. Upfront, JET, Vela and Aneke/Randle (Aneke is still too raw, otherwise it should be him playing the Cesc role as he has done for the under 18 and does for the reserves). To beef up the attack, I would agree with Terrence McGovern that TR7 should play instead of either Aneke or Randle i.e. TR7 to play the Cesc role, which would stabilize midfield and sharpen the attack.
    I wish though that Arsene would change formation a little bit so that he plays JET and Vela as strikers (with JET in the withdrawn role dropping into midfield to pick the ball) with Denilson (DMF) behind TR7, Eastmond and Lansbury. The back four should be RB-Eboue, Djourou, TV5, LB-Gibbs, GK-Fabiansk (i.e. 4411 or 4141).

  21. Ronnie Brown
    20/09/2010

    Personally I think the team will be something like…

    Fabianski, Gibbs, Djoure, Kocheiney, Eboue, Wilshere, Denilson, Rosisky, Vela, JET, Lansbury..

    Also Nordviet, Eastmond, Afobe, Randall, Aneke might be involved.

  22. Terence McGovern
    20/09/2010

    Cape gooner. Whilst in previous seasons your line up would make sense, I believe that given the strength of our squad(even with injuries), the only way AW would send out that team is to dispense with the competition.
    If we send out that team we will get hammered plain and simple.
    On the other hand a few additions would make for a good game.

    Then again you may be spot on. AW was never a fan of the CC but then again he has wanted it as a means to blood the yougsters and give them experience.
    I doubt the experience he would want to give them would be getting slayed by a full Spurs side in front of their home crowd.

  23. goonergerry
    20/09/2010

    In reality the squad is decimated by injuries and the situation gets worse each week.Do we even want to be in this competition? The only point in being in the Carling cup is that it provides experience for reserves and money. However the real money is made in the CL and if we lose any more players we are putting the chances of the latter stages at risk.
    I say field the reserves-give Spurs a hollow victory-and get out of this competition now.This will help them and their fans to be wildly over-confident when we meet for real.

  24. harry
    20/09/2010

    he won’t put out a much of a reserve team as that, last time we did that they beat us 5-1, even if it is only the micky mouse cup

  25. Wrenny
    20/09/2010

    It will be a mixture of Reserve and ‘2nd team’ players (Fabianski, Eboue, Gibbs, Denilson, Vela, etc.)

    ‘Arry has said he will make a “lots of changes” to his team so I think we can look forward to a decent match, one which we can hopefully dominate through our superior passing and movement. I can see Vela adding to his CC goal tally!

  26. Flint McCullough
    20/09/2010

    Nordveit was on crutches at the Bolton game.

  27. Evil
    21/09/2010

    I don’t think we should risk Rosicky for the Totts match. Maybe on the bench, but not as a starter. Please keep in mind: Cesc is injured, and Rosicky is back in form. He is our most creative midfielder right now and our best playmaker and it would be a shame to waste him against the Sp*ds. he should be rested for the league. For the team: Denilson please! His sub appearances so far have been really good and it’s time he gets the full 90 minutes under his belt. And a 25 yarder against that other London club would be appreciated, too!

  28. Evil
    21/09/2010

    As for the match: the way I see it it’s going to be a win-win situation. If we lose it will most likely be a very close affair like the CL game against Olympiakos last season. No matter what, I am sure that the kids will perform and any Sp*d win will be a lucky one. However, if WE win … just imagine the humilation for the Sp*ds. Losing against a reserve side mixed with some of our youth players while they are most likely going to field a team that is going to be close to full strength.

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