Wigan vs Arsenal preview: No time to celebrate. Plus favourite line-up
Written by Chris on December 28, 2010 20:35
It’s not fair. After yesterday’s amazing win all one wants is to enjoy it for days and days but unfortunately this is December and we have to forget the Chelsea win immediately and focus on our next game, away at Wigan.
With Manchester City winning this afternoon and Manchester United tipped as favourites for tonight’s game at the City of Birmingham, we simply cannot relax as there are many and many games coming up, all of which as equally important as the one against Chelsea.
And then let’s face it, we’ve been there before. Granted, not after beating the likes of Chelsea or Manchester United but we did enjoy fantastic performances in these last two-three seasons only to go back to square one either immediately or shortly after. This time, let’s just hope we did really turn the corner as not getting all three points from the DW is like a tennis player who secures a break but drops it right away in his next service game.
So what to expect from tomorrow’s game? Well considering where Wigan are placed in the table, I expect at least three players to be rested, including Johan Djourou. As much as it hurts, I’m afraid Johan cannot play two games in three days and Arsene’s comment last month saying how the Swiss International will “slowly” be integrated in the squad in order to avoid a fresh injury could indeed mean that he will start on the bench.
As for the game per se, I expect the Gunners to show the same determination and hungriness they showed against Chelsea. They now know that when you fight and run for the full ninety minutes there can be only one end product when the final whistle blows so I’m confident we’ll see more of yesterday’s grit against the Latics.
As always, my favourite line-up is below. Remember you can submit your own at Arsenal Interactive and then share it on Twitter and Facebook.
I wasn’t entirely convinced by Lukasz Fabianski’s performance yesterday. I still believe he takes the wrong decision when he is to meet balls like those delivered by Didier Drogba and with Wojciech saying this month how the Brentford loan helped him to gain the right confidence when coming out to catch, I want him to prove that for us.
In front of him, as I said, I’m afraid Johan will be rested so we’ll be back to the Sebastien-Laurent partnership with Gael on the left and – to give Bacary a well-deserved rest – Emmanuel Eboue on the right.
In midfield, Samir Nasri should take a more central role to cover for Cesc Fabregas’ suspension with Alex Song and Abou Diaby alongside him. Maybe Tomas Rosicky will play in the middle but I believe we need someone “special” like Samir as the brain in the middle so I believe this set-up should do the trick nicely.
Up front I would use Chamakh as I doubt Robin van Persie is ready to play two games in three days. In the second half, if things are going according to plan, it would be nice to see Tomas in place of Samir, Nicklas for Marouane and Carlos Vela for Andrey.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes we can win the title. Of course. Speaking after the Chelsea game he said how we’re within touching distance from leaders Manchester United and how we need to be at our best and continue improve.
We’re in December and in touch with Manchester United. We have to be at our best and continue to improve. I hope the victory tonight will convince the team that we are moving in the right direction and we continue to improve.
Wigan boss Roberto Martinez was full of praise for Arsenal after the Chelsea game saying how the 3-1 win was no surprise at all for him and how the Gunners are now starting to peak.
It didn’t surprise me at all. We know what Arsenal are capable of and last night they looked really impressive. The way they moved the ball, the pressure they put on and the quality in the last third; that was Arsenal at their best.
They are magnificent to watch and if they can carry on at that level, you could see a very special side for many years to come. I expected a few changes anyway and look at the quality they didn’t use yesterday. Chamakh, Diaby, Rosicky. They have so many options.
Mentally they will be very well prepared for it and they are just hitting form. There is never a good time to play a top-four team but you feel Arsenal are starting to peak.
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