By Avenell Dave
Stick or twist in goal? Should Abou Diaby be risked? Should Kieran Gibbs start?
Decisions, decisions, decisions.
One thing is for sure – we should become the first side to score more than one goal against Birmingham City on Saturday afternoon – but these interminable international breaks do nothing for continuity and the flow of form, do they?
They’ve only beaten Portsmouth and Hull so far and defeats against Burnley, Sunderland and Bolton hardly suggest they have improved since they faced us two seasons ago.
But I suspect Alex McLeish’s side will be the first to ‘park the bus’ and try and stem the flow of shots and opportunities that Arsenal are so capable of creating.
Vito Mannone should retain his place in goal after an impressive start to his career – if he makes a major blunder, so be it, but he hasn’t done much wrong in my opinion so far.
Thankfully, we’ve got no major injuries following the break, but Diaby and Clichy has slight knocks.
It’s a blessing, in my opinion.
Aaron Ramsey scored for Wales during the week and should be given a start to show what he can do against a lesser team like Birmingham.
And Gibbs, despite scoring an own goal for the England under-21s, deserves a chance to roam down the wings and put in the crosses Clichy simply cannot do on a consistent basis.
Attacking full-backs may be the key tomorrow and I’d even be tempted to play Manu Eboue who can also cross a ball with more accuracy and threat than Bacary Sagna.
So this is the Addict XI
Eboue Gallas Vermaelen Gibbs
Song Fabregas Ramsey
Rosicky RvP Arshavin
Let us know who you would play if you were in charge tomorrow.