The XI: Arsenal vs Blackpool

Team Status:

Arsenal will have captain Cesc Fabregas available after a chest infection, but Samir Nasri has been ruled out for a month after minor knee surgery.

Laurent Koscielny is suspended following his red card at Liverpool, so Alex Song or fit-again Johan Djourou might return at centre-back.

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Preferred line-up (first-team turn):



Van Persie should be ready to start while Song and Fabregas are much needed in central midfield with Wilshere proving a bit short last week and Nasri injured, while Diaby is still a skeptical choice.

Arshavin, whom Wenger defended as being ‘tired’ after last week’s poor show, should be rested for a much energetic Rosicky.

Last year, after the Everton opener, Wenger chose to rotate his first-choice fullbacks Clichy and Sagna for the first home game of the season against Portsmouth. I think doing so again this time will me very beneficial.

Also, we will get a chance to see if there are fullbacks who can put in better crosses for Chamakh.

So what’s your line-up?

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13 thoughts on “The XI: Arsenal vs Blackpool

  1. i don’t think fabregas and van persie will start. arshavin and diaby instead and then if things are not going well we will probably see robin and cesc

  2. Almunia
    Sagna – Djourou – Vermaelen – Clichy
    Eboue – Diaby
    van Persie
    Rosicky – Chamakh – Arshavin

    I think it’ll be interesting to have Rvp play off of Chamakh in the hole behind the striker (in the Bergkamp role). That’s where he played when he came on against liverpool and he looked good

  3. ———-Almunia

  4. for some reason I’d rather see Diaby & Arshavin stat in an attacking role over Theo & Rosicky….otherwise everything looks good

  5. ————–Almunia—————–




    This is what i think the lineup will be, but dont hate on arshavin cause he had a bad game. You know what hes capable of.

  6. That is a strong squad to me but let not carried away. Score two early goal then usual dominations would see us score more hopefully. But if they turn up expecting walk over forget boys.

  7. I dont think that almunia should have been given a chance bt with him being tha only “outstanding goallie” we have to accept….Almunia,,Sagna..Vermaelen..Djourou..Gibbs…Fabregas..Song,.Rosicky..Walcott..Persie..Chamakh

  8. ——–Fabiansky————-





    Error made in liverpool game may cost Aluminia his place. Rotation of defenders.

    Rosiky will start either in place of fabrigas or Arshavin. Vam persie might start instead of Chamak or walcott.

  9. A winnable match but still can’t afford to take anything for granted. Looking forward to see our first win of the new season at the Emirates. Go Arsenal..!!

  10. Fab, song and rosicky should come in, while diaby, wilshere and eboue should be on the bench. Rvp should patern charmach.

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