By 1970’s Gooner
In games like these all players obviously have to play to the maximum and beyond of their abilities. But there are two players from the Arsenal side that by performing their duties properly can swing the game for Arsenal.
Nasri I mention first because he is very important in that he gives Arsenal some kind of width.
Not the width that a real winger like Walcott or say Reyes did actually provide.
But nevertheless when compared to the alternatives available for tomorrow’s game in the likes of Diaby, Denilson or Eboue it will be a great improvement on that front (Wenger doesn't seem to trust Vela yet).
In one of my recent posts I lamented the lack of wingers in this Arsenal side (especially after Walcott’s injury).
I believe that this is one important area that when corrected will allow Arsenal to be up there closer to the leaders of the Premiership.
This looks like happening when Walcott and Eduardo finally become available for first team selection. The latter probably in two to four weeks time and the former a little later than that.
In other words I expect Arsenal to be far stronger in the run in for the title than presently. We just have to hang in there for the moment, by beating Liverpool on Sunday…
Width against Liverpool will also be created as always by the full backs as with all of Wenger’s teams.
Sagna and Clichy will attack Liverpool at every reasonable opportunity and the combination of Clichy and Nasri on the left wing will really test Liverpool’s right back and right midfield player (which could be Kuyt).
One other important benefit that Nasri gives to this Arsenal team is goals. He has the knack of getting into goal scoring situations and once given the opportunity will hurt the opponents.
He has done it so often this season especially those two marvelous goals against Manchester United at the Emirates.
The other player that I think will prove to be a very important for Arsenal is Alexander Song.
He would be the one to play the defensive midfielder role just behind Fabregas and in front of Arsenal’s defense.
I would expect that Denilson will be shifted to the right sided midfield role and Diaby will be on the bench.
I expect Song’s performance to prove pivotal because in the absence of Torres, Liverpool’s most effective player is likely to be Gerrard. Subdue him and I doubt if Liverpool can get a result against us.
If Song can stick close to Gerrard, limit his movement and track his runs into the box then Gerrard’s threat will be kept at bay.
And so will Liverpool.
Probable line ups
Sagna Djourou Gallas Clichy
Denilson Fabregas Song Nasri
Van Persie Adebayor
Dossena Carragher Hyppia Arbeloa
Riera Alonso Mascherano Kuyt
Prediction: Home win
Arsene, give the team its wings back
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