Our road to recovery continues with another match today against West Brom before another bout of international break hits us once more, and tries to deprive us of our players through some horrendous yet innocuous tackle. Such is the life of an Arsenal player.
So, first up, team news! Gibbs and Chamakh remains injured. Particularly more worrying for the former. He was mooted as our potential first choice left back following Clichy’s departure, however his spate of injuries have seen him unable to turn out on a regular basis. We all seen how complacency was an issue with Clichy, when he had no competition at all. This could very well be the same case with Santos. Fingers crossed that Gibbs find some miraculous cure for his ailments soon, or Wenger HAS to go out and get a new left back to compete with Santos. Apart from these two, the squad is relatively okay other than the long term absentees.
Chamakh’s injury is not as damaging as Gibbs’, for firstly, the striker is out of form and confidence. Secondly, Arsene has already stated his belief that we have a plethora of strikers to choose from, such as Walcott.
Jenkinson should be starting at right back, and the youngster seems to be progressing rather well. Here’s his reflection over the past few months since he has been at Arsenal.
West Brom are a different side under Hodgson, playing with pace and creativity. Similarly, you can expect them to attack our weak points, namely set pieces. For this, Arsene is absolutely right in saying thedefense has to improve further, and not be complacent just because it is West Brom.It would be interesting to see who turns out today, with Vermaelen fit again. I would give Vermaelen and Koscielny a chance, as Mertesacker has played almost every week since arriving at the club. A rest might do him some good. Furthermore both Vermaelen and Koscielny have pace to deal with dangerous players like Odemwingie.
It would be hard to see Song not playing today, but maybe a rest is due for him too. Arteta should start, as he doesn’t usually play during the international break. Either Ramsey or Benayoun would be my choice to start alongside them both.
Up front, RVP is again inclined to start, but I fear for overplaying him, and our over reliance on him is distressing too. Walcott and Gervinho are most likely to flank our skipper as well.
So my prediction for the line up is:
Szczesny, Jenkinson, Koscielny, Vermaelen, Santos, Song, Arteta, Ramsey, Walcott, RVP, Gervinho.
It has been fairly typical of Arsenal to win against a strong team and then falter in the next game. Points being Barcelona win, then losing to Brimingham in the CC. Winning Manchester United, then going on a winless streak to drop to 4th place. We need to maintain our pace, and carry on winning, especially against weaker teams like West Brom. It won’t be easy, but we are the Arsenal, aren’t we? So I predict a 2-0 win, because i think we are good enough to win this game comfortably, and I would love a clean sheet. COME ON YOU GUNNERS!