Arsenal vs Fenerbahce: Match preview – Wenger’s golden opportunity
Written by Chris on November 4, 2008 11:03
A lot has been said during the past week on Arsenal, Wenger, the players and the title race. Sometimes, you just have to forget all that happened in the past and focus on the present, the future, where our present is Fenerbahce and our future is Manchester United.
Emmanuel Adebayor, Bacari Sagna and Theo Walcott all suffered what Wenger described as “long-term injuries”, but as I’ve said in my previous post, I’m only worried about Theo as the other two have been very disappointing so far. And, with Van Persie suspended for the match against the Red Devils, this is a golden opportunity for Wenger to revamp his squad.
For one, Bendtner and Carlos Vela should start upfront. We eased past Fenerbahce away from home so I don’t see why Wenger shouldn’t opt for a complete different squad. At the back, I would feature Djourou and in midfield, I would start with Aaron Ramsey, with Song behind him and Diaby and Nasri on the wings. I wouldn’t mind if Wenger makes changes and loses the match, but at least that would have meant that he tried. Even had we won against Stoke City, I would have been furious with why Adebayor was kept out there despite walking on the pitch.
So yes, make changes, make plenty of them and if the test fails, well, the worst scenario is to go one point behind Dinamo Kiev in the table, which we are yet to face at the Emirates. BUT, if the test succeeds, then it means that whoever does well should have a bite at Manchester United on Saturday.
Arsene Wenger ahead of the match:
We have to rotate. Unlike Stoke we play in between and the games in the Champions League are very demanding. You cannot play with the same side. You can maybe if you play once per month but not three times a week so, in cases like that, you have to rotate.
Fenerbahce’s striker Daniel Güiza:
We didn’t do well and Arsenal, as we all know, play on the counterattack. It’s very difficult but we lost and that match is already forgotten. Here we are in the present. To me it’s very important(to play in this competition), especially as it is my first time. You know you’ll be better known when you play in this competition, if you do well. This is a beautiful competition and we have to make the best of it. We are not out of the Champions League yet; we have one point and three matches that we have to win if we want to stay in it.
PS: The blog will not be updated for the coming days as I’ll be away. I’ll be back with regular posts for the Manchester United game.