This weekend’s game against Stoke feels a bit like a speed bump.
We’ve just gone top of the league table, we’ve got Aston Villa, Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool waiting for us just around the corner and we’re extremely low on players. A fourth-round FA Cup tie away to Stoke is just about the last sort of game I would like us to play just at the moment.
Alas, it does need to be played and if we want to maintain our momentum going into our crucial period it needs to be won.
Injuries to Bacary Sagna and Abou Diaby and a general lack of numbers has forced the manager to concede that he will have to dig a little deeper into the squad for options. We could of course see Sol Campbell in defence, Craig Eastmond is likely to get another game while it wouldn’t surprise me to see Carlos Vela and Theo Walcott get starts. Meanwhile I haven’t the faintest as to who will play at right-back.
The trick for Wenger will be to rest a few players but still put out a team strong enough to get the job done and maintain our momentum.
Enough said, really.
More team news as it appears tomorrow.
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