Hello and a very good afternoon to you this fine Wednesday.
It’s the Carling Cup clash with Liverpool tonight and I have to say I’m getting extremely excited. A lot of that has to do with the fact that quite a few big guns will be on show with Samir Nasri set to play his first game of the season, Nicklas Bendtner, Eduardo and Carlos Vela likely to lead the line and Philippe Senderos on display at the back. On the injury front Jack Wilshere, who would almost certainly have played, is out with an ankle problem.
I mentioned yesterday that the manager’s choice of goalkeeper for this fixture would be telling and I’m happy to see he has gone with Lukasz Fabianski. The Pole, who is also playing his first game of the season, will be hoping for better than the last time he played against Liverpool and a good performance could see him in contention for a starting spot in the North London Derby. My personal hope and expectation is that Fabianski’s return will see Manuel Almunia restored to his rightful place as the club’s number one. Regardless, it will be interesting to see how the Pole performs.
Liverpool are likely to play something of a second-string side off the back of their draining win over Manchester United at the weekend. Their two danger men Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard will not be playing however their new midfield signing Alberto Aquilani may make his debut after being named in the squad by Rafa Benitez.
Whatever side Benitez puts out is unlikely to be as strong as ours and at home I fancy us to win this tie. Doing so would give us great momentum going into the Tottenham game and help put a difficult week behind us. Come on Arsenal!
Arsenal FC Weekly Podcast 9: Goalkeepers, complacency and derby day
After an extended absence the Arsenal FC Weekly podcast is back and it’s quite a good one. Jamie Sanderson from Young Guns is back again to discuss the goalkeeper situation, complacency and the big games against Liverpool and Tottenham coming up.
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