By 1970’s Gooner
Almunia has been dropped of course. Arsene Wenger has used this cheap excuse of a phantom injury to drop Almunia in the past usually right after similar howlers.
It is not all poor Almunia’s fault of course. Arsene Wenger chose, for whatever reason, not to replace him this season and now he has to drop him and play another suspect keeper who hasn’t put a foot right in almost all his important appearances in the first team!
God help us, for if Fabianski doesn’t mess up big time in Belgrade he will likely play against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge….
Yet that”pathetic” as I called it, performance against West Brom was not only down to the keeper. There were a host of other players that let us, the team and themselves down.
Players like Clichy who hasn’t been himself lately,
Sagna who looked tired when Thomas just went passed him,
Koscienly who lacked pace,
Diaby who looked out of sorts,
Song whose covering and passing let him down,
Eboue who failed to give width and
Arshavin who this season gives me the creeps because I fear he may be passed it (I hope I am wrong).
I would give Denilson a chance. He looked sharp whenever he came on and looks much more mature, physically and mentally this season.
I would rest Clichy and if Gibbs is fit enough (he is travelling with the squad) I would give him a game. He deserves it and he has been in good form lately.
I would also give Sagna a rest. He needs it. Eboue can deputise.
Rosicky should come in and play on one of the flanks.
I wouldn’t start with Wilshere in Belgrade, he is too young to face a partisan crowd and players.
I would consider saving Chamakh for the Chelsea game as he is the only real choice for this position and we do really need to get a result at Stamford Bridge.
Eboue Konscienly Squillaci Gibbs
Rosicky Vela Arshavin