At any other time, the injury niggle that will keep Eduardo sidelined for the next couple of weeks may had seen us Gooners being a bit subdued heading into the home tie with Sunderland tomorrow. But the news that new signing Andrey Arshavin will be on view for the first time in Arsenal colours should maintain the level of excitement that we all left the Emirates Stadium with last Monday.
The Russian playmaker has obviously been deemed match fit by Arsene Wenger, so I reckon that given our limited options in midfield that the former Zenit St Petersburg star will be on from the start in tomorrow’s game.
Emmanuel Eboue’s needless sending off against Tottenham hasn’t done much to rebuild relations with us fans, so although he is back from suspension, I’m hoping a place on the bench will be the limit of his participation, with Denilson, Samir Nasri and Carlos Vela making up the midfield quartet alongside Arshavin.
In defence, Gael Clichy is available again, as is Johan Djourou, while Mikael Silvestre misses out again because of his thigh strain. I reckon Le Gaffer will go for his first choice back four of Bacry Sagna, William Gallas, Kolo Toure and Clichy, although I wouldn’t mind at all to see Djourou getting some more pitch time, as I think he has performed will for the Arsenal this season.
Dudu’s setback means that we’ll most likely see Robin van Persie and Nicklas Bendtner leading the assault against the Black Cats and with Vela, Arshavin and Nasri also hopefully featuring, it could be a very attack-minded team we see in Arsenal colours tomorrow.
As usual, feel free to chastise me, or argue your case for a different line up, but here’s who I want to see start the game against Sunderland:
Sagna Gallas Toure Clichy
Arshavin Denilson Nasri Vela