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Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Line up for the Villa game

After the recent disappointments it is imperative that Arsenal win tonight in order to get their confidence back and maintain their challenge for a CL spot. So I expect that AW will go for more experienced players in defence and at the same time try to introduce attacking options in terms of pace and goal scoring potential in attack.

Since Toure is unavailable and Senderos still feeling his hamstring then Gilberto should start in defence along with Gallas. This will allow AW to play Diaby in midfield where his power and strength going forward can provide the impetus for creating scoring opportunities. At the same time Gilberto is expected to cope better against Carew than Djourou could. Hoyte should play at right back and Traore at left back.

The other two midfielders should be Rosicky and Ljumberrg. Rosicky because he is irreplaceable with his energy, dribbling ability and goal scoring potential. Ljumberg only because of his experience and due to Hleb’s injury.

Aliadiere should be on the bench. He tends to fade away in games and has not convinced that he can score goals. I would expect that Walcott should start along with Baptista. Walcott showed against Reading that he has potential at this position and his pace and goal scoring ability are much better than Aliadere’s.

So for tonight:

Hoyte Silva Gallas Traore
Rosicky Diaby Fabregas Ljumberg
Baptista Walcott

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