Probable Team Lineups: Arsenal vs Wolves
In trying to find that golden egg I believe I’ve ate one to many, but what the hell, I will be fit for tomorrow – like most of Wolves players.
The Arsenal fans cannot say the same thing, though. Their first game against Barcelona left them with a bad result and three confirmed injuries of key players from their first eleven. Gallas, Fabregas and Arshavin – one from each part of the team and probably the best they’ve got in each part as well.
In an ordinary Premier League team that would be disastrous, but Arsenal is far from an ordinary team, I’m afraid. The team in itself is very strong and even if they haven’t got replacements as good as the ones injured, they have players in the squad that has played well both in the PL and internationally to put on tomorrow in every position.
The Wolves team is fairly stable now and as we only have one match a week we don’t have to rotate players. And as the ones starting have played very well in the last games there is no reasons to make changes for Mick McCarthy. The team works well both in defence and going forward. So I’ll go for an unchanged Wolves eleven.
But as our young winger from Charleroi -Mujangi Bia – and our back from injury Welsh international – Dave Edwards – has played very well in the reserves I believe they stand a fair chance to get in after an hour of play – probably replacing Foley and Jones. But that will depend on the standings as well, of course. Ward could be in line to replace Elokobi if he gets tired after being the Nanny of Walcott.
It is much harder to make an informed guess about what team Arsène Wenger will start with. I don’t have availability to his head – like Mick McCarthy’s – and don’t know how he thinks about resting players for the upcoming second leg against Barcelona. But if I were Wenger – which God of course forbids – I would try to get an early goal by starting with the best I’ve got and then resting two of them from half time – bringing in subs with a slightly more defensive quality and take down the tempo a tad.
Doesn’t that make sense to you? It would be folish of Wenger to play a weakened team from start and risk losing silverware from Premier League as well as from Champions League. And I don’t believe Wenger to be a fool.
The back line will be without Clichy – as he has a slight knock and will be spared for Barcelona. He will be replaced with Traoré. With Gallas injured and Denilson also a question mark for tomorrow – I believe that Sol Campbell will play and Denilson will be O-K for Barcelona. Sagna will play on the right, trying – without success of course – to take care of Jarvis going forward.
In the middle Fabregas will be replaced with Nasri. Otherwise the midfield will be unchanged. Up front I believe Walcott will play on the right and Rosicky will replace Arshavin on the left.
Interesting battles to watch in the match will be Elokobi vs Walcott, Jarvis vs Sagna and Doyle vs Campbell. But maybe Wolves best chance of coming through the Arsenal defence will be on the right – with Zubar and Foley showing excellent form. Traoré may very possible be the soft spot in the Arsenal armour.
That leaves us with the following starting elevens (below, the white and black spots are eggs).
UP THE WOLVES!!! GIVE ME THAT GOLDEN EGG!