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Saturday, July 28, 2007

Arsenal’s line up against PSG in The Emirates Cup. Toure and Gallas both captains!

Arsenal’s team in their first game for the Emirates Cup against PSG includes Bendtner being paired up front with Robin Van Persie. It seems that Wenger is trying out different combinations of pairings for the forward positions to test the compatibility and chemistry between the players.

In the midfield Fabregas and Diaby continue the impressive partnership which performed so well against Salzburg in Austria. It seems that Wenger is obviously looking to make this pairing get used to each to each other as it would seem they will be playing together very often once the season starts. Especially since Gilberto will be starting his preseason much later than the rest of the squad.

But Wenger’s choice for the wide midfield positions are Denilson and Flamini. They are not going to give the team width are they? It looks like Wenger is trying to give everyone a game.

In defence Toure and Senderos will start and there is also a start for Sagna who came on as a substitute in the second half for the friendly in Austria. He will play at right back and Clichy returns at left back.Almunia starts in goal.

The interesting aspect about the captaincy is that Toure will captain the team in the first half and then Gallas will come on in the second and assume the captaincy. I am not for this sort of confusion in who is going to be the captain of the Club. He has to be one player and he has to be named by Wenger. Only in his absence should he then name the new captain for the day. A kind of vice captain. Just like it is for the penalty takers in a team.

It seems to me that Wenger has invented this multi captaincy format purely to pamper Gallas who has made angry noises at the state of things with the club recently. Enough of this I say. If Gallas is not happy then get him out.

It is interesting to note that both the previous Arsenal captains were given the arm band in order to appease them. They both eventually left the club!