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Today is Saturday. Tomorrow is Sunday. Arsenal’s game is tomorrow. Not quite the intro I was looking to kick-off today’s post but I had to start somewhere. Our season begins tomorrow. Spurs are playing the Citizens today and we can be looking at that game and feel scared that either one of those two can usurp us this season or we can concentrate on our own match tomorrow and most importantly Arsene Wenger needs to make sure that he can field a side competitive enough to get an opening day win.
As if the gods are not cruel enough as it is, we might have a shortage of central defenders to cover should either Thomas Vermaelen or Laurent Koscielny get injured during the game tomorrow. Havard Nordtveit, who is pencilled in for a substitute role at Anfield, may not make it afterall. All thanks to the screw-up that the Norwegian national team made. Quite how such a big f*ck up can be made is beyond me. With Johan Djourou being out injured, we need Nordtveit more than ever.
Surprisingly, it has turned the other way around for Arsenal’s midfield. From the possibility of starting Emmanuel Frimpong and Jack Wilshere in midfield, out of nowhere, suddenly Denilson and Alex Song have come into contention. That is not yet taking into accounts that Abou Diaby is fully available. From not being able to play a single pre-season friendly, these 3 could be available to play at Anfield.
Match fitness takes first precedence for Wenger when deciding who to start a game. However, these are seasoned professional who are given specific programmes to follow even in the off season. If Cesc Fabregas returns from Mexico without any injury, I would have his name first on the teamsheet. There’s just no two ways around that. We need our best players for Anfield. We need our best players to ensure that we get off to a fantastic start to the season. Friendly caution though, a repeat of last season’s 6-1 opening win at Merseyside may be a dream too far.
Our neighbours have not gone about their business quietly when they should actually concentrate on facing the team they pipped to the Champions League spot last season. As always, Harry Redknapp and his band of merry men have come out and state that they will finish ahead of Arsenal this season. Not the first and definitely will not be the last time we ever hear such comments.
Denilson puts the whole thing into place.
Yes that would be special, to play Tottenham in the Champions League final… and beat them!
While I don’t doubt our chances of reaching that far in the European competition, should we get a favourable draw and be very lucky with injuries, I fear that Spurs will come unstuck much earlier in the competition. But I sure got what the Brazilian is trying to say.
Every team starts the season with a dream, I would give just about anything to ensure that Denilson gets his wishes.
Match preview tomorrow. As for the early kickoff today, 3 red cards a piece and Roberto Mancini giving Redknapp and uppercut would be nice.