Wednesday, November 28, 2007
December is about the Premier League. Player’s ratings and goals on video
By 1970’s Gooner
Arsenal are about to embark on a series of away fixtures with a game on average every four days.
This fixture list includes an away game on Saturday at Aston Villa, four days later on Wednesday we play Newcastle away and the Sunday after that Middlesbrough away.
This is followed by Steaua home the Wednesday after and then on Sunday Ashley Cole’s return with Chelsea.
And it doesn’t stop there as we have Tottenham at home a week later! Oh and there’s an away Carling Cup game at Blackburn on the Tuesday night before the Tottenham game!
So Arsene Wenger was quite justified in fielding a weakened team against Sevilla.
The gamble he took proved too much as the rustiness apparent in the error prone Senderos, the tired Gilberto and Traore’s inexperience were more than enough to allow Sevilla to take advantage.
However as Wenger said having qualified from our group the priority had to be switched to the Premier League.
"An unbeaten record in the Champions League is not important. We had to make decisions because we have a very important December. We had to make choices between the competitions. December for me is about the Premier League."
It will be different on Saturday at Aston Villa.
Almunia 6; Hoyte 5 (Sagna 6), Toure 6, Senderos 4, Traore 4; Eboue 7, Gilberto 5, Fabregas 5 (Rosicky 6), Denilson 5, Eduardo 6; Bendtner 7.