Arsenal vs Wigan preview: Rotate, with care. Plus favourite line-up
Written by Chris on November 29, 2010 20:00
There is always a funny feeling when a Carling Cup game is around the corner: will Arsene rest players, will he take it seriously, will we manage to go through?
Based on what our manager said at lunchtime, it seems a strong team will start the game against Wigan tomorrow with strikers Robin van Persie, Theo Walcott and Nicklas Bendtner all in the squad and set to feature. And, considering how much Roberto Martínez’s side is struggling at the moment, I see no reason why we should not rest key players.
But of course, having said that, we should take the game seriously and make sure to keep our positive run in the so-called “Mickey Mouse Cup” going especially since the other teams in the competition – except Manchester United – are all beatable, as they say.
Even though the mighty Manuel Almunia recovered from his shoulder problem, I believe Wojciech will start in goal.
In front of him, I would start with Kieran on the left, the miraculously recovered Emmanuel Eboue on the right and Johan and Laurent at the centre. Johan will surely play, undoubtedly, whilst Sebastien deserves a rest.
In midfield, I would opt for Tomas Rosicky at the centre, supported by Alex Song and Denilson. Jack Wilshere looked like one who needs a rest on Saturday and hopefully Denilson will feature and show that he learned his lesson after two shocking displays against Spurs and Braga.
Up front and if fit, Robin is to start with Carlos Vela on the left and Theo Walcott on the right. Considering the way he was treated lately, I at least hope for Carlos to get a chance to feature in the cup where he so much shined for us in the past, before he leaves in the January transfer window of course.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes his team is improving and how the players are stronger, hungry to win and ready to do it.
The day I don’t care anymore I will stop. I want this team to win because I believe in them. I feel they are hungry to win and they want to win so I just want to help them as much as I can.
I don’t master my reputation. What matters to me is Arsenal Football Club more than my reputation and I want people who love Arsenal to be happy.
I try to give them that happiness and that’s it. Of course I have my pride, I want to achieve as mush as I can and give my best and I don’t think I will ever change on that front.
I feel since the start of the season collectively we are stronger and stronger in every game spirit-wise. There is no reason why we should not improve, our job is to be better tomorrow than we are today and that’s what we try to achieve.
Wigan boss Roberto Martinez is fully aware of poor results from his side but believes he can cause a major upset on Tuesday night against the Gunners.
And the Carling Cup has been a very good competition for us this season and with great memories in the past.
So we are looking forward to the real occasion and the challenge that we have got tomorrow.
Coming to the Emirates is always a real challenge, it is always a special football occasion and that’s something we are going to make sure we are ready to get rid of the disappointment that we had at the weekend.
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