Aston Villa V Arsenal: Will The Real Arsenal Please Stand Up

So it begins. I guess all of us are looking forward to this period albeit with different mindsets. Some, like me, who believe in the team are hopeful of positive results over the next fortnight. Others are waiting for a slip-up so that they can come out and criticize the team and vent their frustrations.

In either case, judging by the response to yesterday’s article, I think most of us expect a win tomorrow, although some are cautious and believe it will be a draw. There aren’t many who think we will lose at Villa Park and hopefully the squad and the manager will have similar confidence. After all, history is on our side as we haven’t lost in the last ten league visits, while winning half our games.

Arsene is excited and wants to consolidate the league position. Speaking at the press conference Le Boss said,

It is an exciting period for us because we are in a very good position. I make it a good opportunity to strengthen our position in the League. That is how I see it. We have a good level of confidence and know that with so many big games, psychologically it is important to go in with a high level of confidence, so every result has an influence on the next one.

The psychological part is indeed very important. A good result here can set us up nicely for the big clash at the weekend. For all we know, United might be coming into that one on the back of a demoralizing loss in the Carling Cup.

Anyway, as all the wise men say, right now the focus should be on the game at hand. We have some players returning from injury and should be able to put out a strong side for this one. The first choice defense should be restored and the return of Ramsey will give us a strong midfield. Rosicky, Eduardo and Arshavin should make a good front three once again.

We might have a really strong bench now that Bendtner and Narsi will be available along with Theo, Vela, Campbell and Traore. This also gives us the opportunity to mix things up as the great Dane, almost literally, offers a different dimension and so does Walcott.

To me, this game is simple in terms of tactics – We have to break down a resolute defense while being strong enough to prevent counter attacks and be solid on the set pieces. I thought our home game was brilliant defensively and there is no reason we shouldn’t see a repeat performance given that some key players have had a good rest.

Wenger has to make sure that we don’t pay the price for Rambo’s inexperience or Denilson’s weakness in the defensive half. Both these players have to come out with a focus on their defensive duties and leave the creative part of the game to the likes of Cesc, Rosicky and Arshavin.

It will be interesting to see which team starts off at a higher tempo. If we can control the tempo from the start it will help us negate the crowd and affect the hosts’ confidence. Allowing Villa to dominate the early play can put us under pressure, especially if they manage to score.

Baring any late injury concerns the starting line up is quite likely to be,

Almunia; Sagna, Gallas, Vermaelen, Clichy; Ramsey, Cesc, Denilson; Rosicky, Eduardo, Arshavin;

I am gunning for a 2-1 win (hopefully, this won’t be a repeat of my prediction against Stoke) with Cesc and Arshavin to score. And yes, it’s very difficult for me to imagine Arsenal keeping a clean sheet. Believe me, I am trying hard but it’s just not working for me right now.


13 Responses to Aston Villa V Arsenal: Will The Real Arsenal Please Stand Up

  1. Robespierre says:

    Our DM situation is spineless. No Song, no midfield control, simple as that. without cover our high line will be exposed, and since we are not going to hold back my main hope is that we will score, faster, and more ruthlessly then them.

  2. Jack Staniforth says:

    Wenger will play to win of course you wouldn`t expect anything else of the man, this leave the back door open without Song. I expect Villa to score first and Arsenal to catch up, then Villa go ahead again and Arsenal to reply. Result…two all draw.

  3. bugsy malone says:

    i’m going for a 2-0 win in our favor. villa will press hard especially with their crossing but fancy thomas and willy to knock those out and really can’t their defence stopping my free-scoring lads.
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  4. Ron says:

    I dont see us scoring more than 2 goals in d match…. Therefore its vital we dont concede….. Billy n d verminator need to be at their best… Im sure they will be able 2 put together solid display but its almunia’s form that concerns me…. Will he be able to come up with an inspired match winning performance like vito did at craven cottage earlier this season? It remains to be seen….

  5. aj says:

    I’d be happy with a draw. This will be a tough game without Song. If we can get seven points from the next four games we’ll still be in touch,with some winnable matches left.

  6. Samuel says:

    It,s only Villa and another negative mamager in O,Neill
    who talks so softly at interviews you,d think he was somewhat sheepish about his teams woeful performance when Arsenal thrashed them 3-0 at the Emirates recently another 3 points and 3 goals for the Gunners .

  7. venky says:

    It’ll be a hard earned 2-1 I guess for us.I think instead of Rambo,it should be Eastmond ‘coz they are very good at set pieces and his height ‘ll of huge help under those circumstances,he was decent at Bolton and this ‘ll also allow Rambo sometime to be completely fit.

  8. Nitin Damodaran says:

    Quite honestly Denilson has not shown the consistency required to be in th team. Yes he scored 2 imp. goals but thats about it. Even his best friend the FA stats havnt ben kind to him this season..I would put a youngster in place of him as a DM ..however in games like these we need strengh and experience. So i would even consider putting some1 like Nasri there(even tho wenger has said he wont)
    With Denilson on the pitch tomorow it would be like wasting a position (unless he realises he has ben poor)i would go with

    Almunia; sagna gallas verminator clichy
    nasri cesc ramsey
    rosicky eduardo arshawin

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