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Nasri will be the key tonight

At least that is Arsene Wenger‘s definition of the next 7 days. Liverpool tonight and Scums on Wednesday. Both big games and ultimately, the type of games we all want to be in. With United losing at Wembley yesterday, it’s time for us to put some more pressure on them by winning tonight.

This is a chance to close the gap from 7 points to 4 points. I do realise that even in that case, we are still need 2 matches to go our way in order for us to lead the table. There is no point to speak about that because I cannot predict the future. Most importantly is for us to go out at the Grove tonight and send the Kenny Dalglish’s side back to Merseyside with zero points.

I’m expecting some changes to the starting line-up compared to the one that played at Bloomfield Road. Wojciech Szczesny and Johan Djourou should both come back into the side. Big thank you to Jens Lehmann and Sebastien Squillaci who both did well in that Blackpool game but there is not argument as to which duo is of better quality. Provided the former duo are fit enough to feature anyway.

In midfield and in attack, there should be no changes with Cesc Fabregas once again manning the midfield and hoping to supply the ammunition to Robin Van Persie up front. I should expect the line-up to be so;

Szczesny

Eboue—Djourou—Koscielny—Clichy

Fabregas—Diaby—Wilshere

Walcott—RvP—Nasri

Liverpool has been a resurgent since they reinstalled Dalglish back as manager of the club. They’ve managed to overcome the absence of their usual talisman in Steven Gerrard. Raul Meireles has taken up the mantle and has become Liverpool’s driving force in midfield. Diaby and Wilshere will have to track his late runs into the box and the Portuguese can be quite lethal from outside the box as well.

Our defence will have to deal with the towering physical presence of one Andy Carroll in Liverpool’s attack. I hope Djourou and Koscielny has learnt from their mistake in the Newcastle game earlier in the season and pay more attention to the position Carroll takes up, especially during set pieces. Szczesny’s decision making will also help our defence.

The right side of Liverpool’s defence could be the area which we can look to exploit. The absence of Glen Johnson and Martin Kelly might see Jamie Carragher being put out on the right. Pace is something the former England international lacks. Nasri will do well to take full advantage of that.

I hope Dalglish has pride. The kind of pride that doesn’t allow United to overtake Liverpool in terms of league title won. That could work very well in our favour. At this point of the season, I’ll take all the help that I can. That being said, our team will have to show up and prove that they want to win this match.

Come on Arsenal!!!

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