Sunday, April 13, 2008

Man Utd V Arsenal

We desperately need a win tonight, and if we do so, it could have several effects. 1) If we beat them, and Chelsea win against them at home, then Chelsea wins the league, but more importantly, 2) If we win, and Chelsea draw, then they both draw or lose more than one game each, then we win the league, such as things stand. A win tonight heaps the pressure on the other teams.

Injuries - Man U are missing Nani, Fletcher, Saha and Vidic, We are missing Flamini, Sagna, and obviously Rosicky and Eddy. We are also missing Diaby through suspension. All the above mentioned players keys to their respective teams, minus Diaby.

Danger Men - Manchester will undoubtedly rely a lot tonight on the two 'R's, Rooney and Ronaldo. Tevez will be a danger, and we will need to keep tabs on Anderson. Arsenal will have Theo fired up for tonight, and will hopefully be able to create some more magic. Fabregas is on fire at the moment, while Clichy has been one of the best left backs all season, and will undoubtedly be handed the Ronaldo assignment. Robin van Persie should be back up front.

How will Arsenal line up? I think it will be something like this:
.............Almunia..............
...Eboue..Gallas..Toure..Clichy...
Hleb..Gilberto..Fabregas..Walcott.
...........RvP...Adebayor.........

Although, Hleb being a play maker and Theo good in the middle, an effective line up would be a change from the 4-4-2 above, to this 4-2-2-2:

.............Almunia..............
...Eboue..Gallas..Toure..Clichy...
........Gilberto..Fabregas........
.......Hleb...........Walcott.....
...........RvP..Adebayor..........

Walcott and Hleb making runs through the middle feeding balls through to the two up front. I put Eboue at the back because even though he is terrible in the middle, he originated from that position, and is alright there. Senderos is dropped to the bench, and Toure takes his spot back in the center. The bench will probably look like this: Lehmann, Senderos, Song, Hoyte, Bentner.

I feel that we wont be able to compress a complete clean sheet tonight, and Ronaldo is in great form. Worlds best player? I don't know, I still think he has a very long way to go until he passes the likes of Maradona and Pele. He will score tonight, but Arsenal will come out victorious. 2-1 I feel.

That's all for now, I'll put up a review after the game sometime. Until then Gunners!!

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