Arsenal Vs Standard Liege: Preview

Champions League football returns and we get a chance to secure top spot in the group with a good result tomorrow. The visitors have a good squad and are capable of putting up a fight, but there is no real danger as long as our players can get their focus and desire right. Not an easy thing as we have seen quite often in the recent past.

Standard need a result. Hopefully, this will lead to an open game and any starting eleven we put out should be good enough to get three points. I felt the same way before the Sunderland game as well, so, fingers crossed, this one won’t be another self destruct performance.

I think this game comes at a good time. Our home record is perfect and quite imposing. We can add another good result to that before the big game at the weekend. However, the best aspect of this fixture is that it gives our players one more game to get the understanding right. It also gives Arsene a chance to give some game time to the likes of Walcott, Denilson and Vela.

I am not sure whether AW will select his team keeping an eye on the Chelsea game. This is the first time this season when I can’t predict even half the starting eleven. Will Gibbs come back into the starting line up? Will Denilson be given a start? Will Arshavin come into the team? If so, will he come in place of Rosicky or Nasri? Will Nasri move into the midfield? Will Sagna get a rest? Will Walcott get a start? There are too many questions and I haven’t a clue about the manager’s thoughts.

Personally, I would like to see Walcott get a good run out. He offers us a different dimension with his pace. Nasri in the midfield with Arshavin and Walcott on the wings looks like a balanced option. Gibbs and Eboue might come in at the back. A big half time lead can then give us the chance to give Denilson and Vela some minutes.

My best guess starting line up is,

Almunia; Eboue, Gallas, Vermaelen, Gibbs; Cesc, Song, Nasri; Walcott, Eduardo, Arshavin

Frankly, all I care for is that the players show they really want to win. If they do that, another 4-1 to the Arsenal is on the cards (funny how I hardly think of clean sheets these days!)


14 Responses to Arsenal Vs Standard Liege: Preview

  1. arsenerd says:

    Really enjoying your posts, Desigunner.

    It will be interesting to see if Nasri is used in the midfield 3. I’m expecting to see Ramsey again. What is the nature of Diaby’s injury? Having Song, Diaby, Fabregas in the middle week after week was giving us a lot of stability.

    Up front Eduardo, Arshavin, Walcott seems pretty lightweight. I can see Eboue lining up on the right to help win the midfield battle. And please let Gibbs play. Traore was dreadful.

    • desigunner says:

      Thanks arsenerd, I guess there is a nerdish streak in my posts as well 🙂 Diaby is out for another 3 weeks with a recurrence of his calf injury.

      I agree the front three are lightweight. But it might be fun to see the blistering pace of Arshavin and Walcott in tandem.

  2. messi says:

    i honestly think a few 1st team players will be rested so do expect the likes of senderos, deni, vela, walcott, nasri all to start.

    …………………Almunia……………………..

    …eboue….senderos…silvestre…gibbs….

    …………………….song……………………….
    ………….cesc…………….deni………………

    …nasri……………………………..arshavin….
    …………………….vela………………………….

    SUBS:…mannone…sagna…vermaelen…ramsey…walcott…rosicky…eduardo…

    I hope arsene picks this team as it has good balance, good height with almunia, senderos, silvestre and song all can contribute to set pieces. A solid back 5, solid in attacking, solid in central, so 50 minutes or onwards we can rotate by bringing ramsey and walcott in for cesc and arsahvin, also possibly eduardo if needed.
    Im gonna predict an arsenal 3-0 win vela, arshavin, cesc, seriously hope arsene just rotates fully, a loss on sunday for me in my opinion and the title is over,
    ITS A WIN OR WIN.

    CAN’T WAIT FOR TOMORROW AND SUNDAY…COME ON YOU GUNNERS!!!

  3. arsenerd says:

    Forgot that Denilson was back! We need his running in midfield. It would be interesting to see Vela up front. You have to wonder after Wenger’s comments this week, if he’ll finally get a start.

  4. 0.9 Calibre says:

    Considering the fact that RVP is out atleast until Jan, I think Eduardo will start tomorrow, in fact he will start as long as he is fit till RVP’s return. Desi pointed out how Ed’s movement was sloppy against the black cats. Well its true, but it isnt something inherent to Ed. He’ll get better with time and he’ll be pivotal to our gameplan against the chavs. If you ask me its better to rest Cesc for the liege game. He didnt seem his self against sunderland. Its probbably due to the interlull burnout. Starting Nasri Song and Ramsey in midfield will be a great option with theo ed and vela upfront. The little russian needs a break too. I think even without AA23 and Cesc we have a good enuf team to pick 3 points tmrw.

    • desigunner says:

      I agree about Dudu. I think he will be an important figure for us in the coming weeks. Wouldn’t mind seeing el capitan get a rest. But Arshavin had one last time around so I think he needs to be in the groove before the weekend.

      BTW like you name “0.9 Calibre”

  5. fanofwenger says:

    hope to see a demolition by gunners after a loss.i feel wenger should think of giving some players a rest(which he doesnt do :-D). but seriously one or two players can be rested such as gallas and song. senderos and denilson can take these positions. by this we can really know whether these guys r worth wen they play in those positions in future say in jan.and as desigunner mentioned the best possible 3 up front would be walcott,eduardo and arshavin.my favourite line up is
    almunia
    eboue – senderos – vermaelen – gibbs(traore)
    denilson
    fabregas – nasri
    walcott – eduardo – arshavin

    i think gibbs wont be rushed in.rosicky should replace arshavin,ramsey-fabregas and vela-eduardo after 60mins since these players r the most wanted for the sunday derby.with this line-up song and gallas will be fresh on sunday. by the way things r going i feel senderos will be moving out in january. lets hope
    wenger buys atleast one decent tall defender in jan. and please please no more goals on set pieces

  6. dennis korir says:

    I think Arsene would look to rest some of the players ahead of Sundays game with the blues.Well,will Vela or Eduardo start/ I think Vela will and Eduardo may come in at 2nd half.Theo may start.My prediction line up is:
    Almunia
    Gallas, Vermaelen, Traore, Gibbs
    Nasri, Fabregas, Eboue
    Wallcott, Vela, Arshavin.
    I see both Walcott and Arshavin score,Vela may get a goal too!!!
    so its 4-0 !

  7. gooner ji says:

    Its really very difficult to predict the team this time. I would like to see Walcott and Vela starting the game. It will be good to see what can they do with their pace.

  8. RedOak says:

    agree with you Desi.
    my guess is arsene will start with experience and introduce the subs once we are quite comfortable.

    my fav line-up for tonight :
    almunia

    eboue—gallas–TV–Traore

    Csec–Song–Nasri

    Rosicky–Eduardo–Ashavin

    prediction is: arsenal 3 Standard 0

    Cheers mate

  9. mayank says:

    we are winning…
    we are winning…
    we are winning…

    we want more…
    we want more…
    we want more…

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