There’s a league game for Arsenal today and the visit of West Bromwich Albion prompted many to predict yet another high scoring game for the home side. Apart from the opening day thrashing by Chelsea, WBA have performed admirably in their other 4 games with 2W1D1L record. So, this may yet be a tough game for us.
With an away fixture in the Champions League next week, Arsene Wenger may well choose to rest some players especially given that some of those players played 120 minutes on Tuesday in our Carling Cup victory against Sp*rs. The likes of Samir Nasri, Jack Wilshere and Denilson could be afforded an early season break to recover from their exertions. But then again I hope Wenger does not think that we just have to show up and the match is already won. The game was on Tuesday and for professionals, 3 days in between games should be enough to recover.
We know that there is no easy games in the Premier League but the manager should be able to make changes and still look for the victory. Alex Song returns after his one match suspension and will come back straight into the side. Here’s how I think the line-up will be tonight.
Once the win is secured and I’m hoping for early goals to kill the tie. That is the only way we can hope to rest players. The tactics must be spot on from the start and the players will need to kick-off at their 150% strength and just have a go at WBA. By the hour mark, with a couple of goals in the bag, I’m do hope that Nasri, Wilshere and Koscielny will be taken out as precaution.
Roberto Di Matteo in his prime is a ball playing midfielder who prefers to play the game on the ground and that is how he likes his WBA side to play. That being said, the Italian has already sound us a warning by saying that his team will be tough on their tackles for this game. As he also believe in fair tackling, the intention is all and well, we don’t expect teams to come to us and cave in immediately anyways. His star player is definitely the Nigerian forward, Peter Odemwingie.
I don’t think that any particular tactic is needed to beat WBA. We just have to ensure that we play our game and use our crisp passing movement to cut open WBA’s defence. As long as we don’t make unnecessary mistakes, an Arsenal win is the only result I see coming our from the Grove tonight.
Enjoy the game wherever you’re watching. Till tomorrow.