Should Wenger rest van Persie tonight?

By Avenell Dave

Win tonight and Arsenal will be one step closer to finishing top of their Champions League group, a problem we faced last season when, after a hectic schedule, we foudn ourselves against the mighty Barca.

While I expect Marseilles to come out with a bit more ambition than then did at home a couple of weeks ago - they have to after losing to a last minute Aaron ramsey strike - I fancy us to win this one if we keep our attitude spot on.

There's always been a tendency in the Arsenal squad in the past few years to think we're better than we are and we've then come unstuck against the likes of Hull City.

Of course, the Champions League is a bit different and let's hope we can keep this great run going and get the three points.

The big question is whether Arsene Wenger will risk Robin van Persie.

The Dutchman is playing a lot of games at the moment and at some point, you fear he may get the sort of injury we simply cannot cope with. He is vital for this team, however well others are performing alongside him.

Should he start? Yes of course he should. Winning the game is the most important thing.

As anyone in football will tell you, worrying about the maybes when there is so much at stake is simply impossible.

Given their performance on Saturday night, I'd feel far more confident that we can beat WBA without RvP than Marseilles.

Bring Park on with the game won by all means, but don't start him unless it's alongside RvP, which of course won't happen.

The key players for me are Aaron Ramsey and Theo Walcott.

As I said yesterday, Theo was superb at Stamford Bridge, where his shackles were off without the frustration of the home fans to hinder him.

Likewise, Ramsey put in the sort of performance that suggests he can be our very own Captain Fantastic and if he stays fit and keeps maintaining his rate of improvement, he is going to be one of the top three names on the teamsheet.

The key, yet again, will be to remain patient and regain our solidity at set pieces.

I'm a fan of Mertesacker but he had a torrid time for the first two Ch*vski goals on Saturday and it doesn't take much for the critics to snipe.

Let's go and win this and keep the feelgood feeling growing at the club.

Everyone deserves it right now after the start we had.

Addict XI


Jenkinson Mertesacker Koscielny Santos

Arteta Song Ramsey

Walcott RvP Gervinho

Who do you think should play against Marseille this evening?