For the first time this year some of us are dreading the thought of taking our seats at the Emirates this Saturday. Silly if you think about it we have faced a lot better teams this season and none of them managed to go away with the three points.
We have not got good memories of West Ham in recent times as Pardew got the better of Wenger last year at Highbury – Nigel Reo Cocker run riot that day – and of course the now infamous Tussle following Marlon Harewood’s winner at Upton Park earlier this season.
West Ham are coming off two straight wins and Carlos Teves seems to have found his feet netting three in his last three games. He is a street fighter and the heart beat of the team who has managed to get the rest of the players to play his way. He is going to be a big danger on Saturday.
As long as Teves is kept in check and the Arsenal players don’t give the ball away as they did against Liverpool we should be all right. West Ham’s biggest weakness is at the back where they are not mobile enough which would allow Arsenal’s wide players to cause problems.
Not sure what is happening on the injury front but if Gilberto is not fit then Diaby should play in the middle, where he belongs, along with Cesk. Also we have a feeling that Wenger will prefer Ali rather than Baptista. We would stick with Hleb (he is surely going to play better than at Liverpool) and bring Rosicky in on the other wide midfield position.
Good time for one of our midfielders to find their scoring boots as well.
Prediction: Tight game but don’t forget there is likely to be a “reaction” in response to the recent tepid performances and the criticism the Arsenal players faced.
Arsenal to power through at the end: 3 -1
Three goals? Did we just write that? They must have put something in this coffee…
Eboue, Toure, Galas, Clichy,
Rosicky, Diaby, Cesk, Hleb