First things first, a quick apology for the lack of posts this week.
The combination of a two-day music festival and having to move house meant I had very little time this week for the Arsenal, although with the postponement of the Bolton game it hardly mattered.
Thankfully this afternoon’s match with Everton has been given the all-clear, despite six other fixtures being canceled over the weekend. Among those games not being played is Hull vs Chelsea, which means a win tonight means we would go within one point of the league leaders. Meanwhile Manchester United are away at Birmingham and given the home sides current form I wouldn’t be surprised to see us occupying second position by the end of the day.
The enforced break midweek means team news for today is excellent.
Tomas Rosicky is completely back while Denilson was able to enjoy a few extra days to recover from his back problem. He should come straight into the team as the defensive midfielder to make up for Alex Song’s absence. While Cesc Fabregas and Nicklas Bendtner did not make the squad the good news is that the pair will return to action shortly.
Today’s team picks itself: Manuel Almunia will play in goals behind the back four of Bacary Sagna, William Gallas, Thomas Vermaelen and Armand Traore, the aforementioned Denilson will slot in beside Aaron Ramsey and Abou Diaby in the middle of the park while Eduardo, Samir Nasri and everybody’s favourite snow bunny Andrey Arshavin should complete the top three. Rosicky is an outside chance to start while Theo Walcott and Carlos Vela will provide good options off the bench.
While it won’t be an easy game – particularly with the weather – I really fancy us to win today. Everton are a good side but even without Song and Cesc in the middle of the park we have a team more than capable of showing both the grit and quality to score a couple of goals in the cold weather. Diaby has been in particularly good form while the postponement of the Bolton fixture will have given Gallas and Vermaelen a well-deserved break that will see them at the top of their game.
We smashed Everton 6-1 under very different circumstances on Day One of the season and although I don’t expect a similar scoreline, I do expect us to get the job done.
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