Who will play the “Alex Song” role? + Sol gets #31

I’ve got a thumping headache right now so I’ve got no choice but to keep today’s match preview short.

Here goes:

  • Sol Campbell has officially signed and will wear #31. He won’t be featuring against Bolton though.
  • Cesc Fabregas will be back in the side, Gael Clichy at least in the squad while Aaron Ramsey is unlikely to be fit and Denilson is definitely out. The midfield absentees means the only real option is to play Fabregas with Samir Nasri and Abou Diaby and it will be interesting to see what roles they take on, particularly who gets the “Alex Song” position.
  • The back five should be the same as against Everton while Eduardo, Andrey Arshavin and Tomas Rosicky should make up the front three.
  • We really should win today and with Chelsea and Manchester United both posting impressive results we need to get the three points. Psychologically, a win today will make Wednesday’s rematch at home all the easier as well.

Simple as that really – I’m off to grab some Panadol. 

Come on ARSENAL!

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36 Responses to “Who will play the “Alex Song” role? + Sol gets #31”

  1. mohamed
    January 17, 2010 at 8:31 pm #

    arsenal with that midfield should easilly destroy bolton.fab,diaby.rosicky,nasry.whoe needs dm if u have that.
    ..

  2. Akhtar
    January 17, 2010 at 8:35 pm #

    Who needs DM if u have that ???? Urm….. Arsenal do… particulalry when you have that type of attacking midfield…. need somebody to put the effort in to boss the opposition….. how many times have we seen mediocre teams break us up in the midfield and prevent us from playing.

  3. Gurra Litebakom
    January 17, 2010 at 9:11 pm #

    Fab will get the “Song position”

  4. ros
    January 17, 2010 at 10:12 pm #

    cultered left foot says nasri out after pulling muscle in training yesterday ffs

  5. Steve-O
    January 17, 2010 at 10:28 pm #

    Diaby will play in the Song position. He’s played there before but he makes me nervous because he’s prone to the odd poor defensive decisions.

    The side still looks good on paper and easily capable of dispatching Bolton. Don’t underestimate Bolton though because they’ve been a bogey team over the last 5 years but mainly at Bolton.

    I still can’t believe AW couldn’t find a striker worthy of signing. Bentner is only average and won’t be the saviour up front that everyone thinks he’ll be.

    Isn’t a bit late in the evening for Panadol Andy? An early start perhaps?? 🙂

  6. Preencemeka
    January 17, 2010 at 10:33 pm #

    My prediction is 4-0 to the gooners. One for fab,one for sharva and a brace for eduardo

  7. xamad14
    January 17, 2010 at 10:47 pm #

    Nasri should play in Song’s role
    sometimes when he is without the ball you will think he is a DM and Diaby he is more attack minded than Nasri he can not take duties more than attacking in that pienaar goal only nasri was running after him

  8. Ezra
    January 17, 2010 at 10:50 pm #

    The proper candidate is Francis Coquelin the boy works like an ox in the midfield.

  9. shambogunner
    January 17, 2010 at 11:00 pm #

    nasri for dm?????no thank you,no strength,no hustle and iv never seen him slide tackle once since his arrival so,for me dats a definate no way jose

  10. rocknrolljesus1
    January 18, 2010 at 12:35 am #

    abou diaby will play the defensive role.

    almunia

    sagna gallas vermaelen clichy/traore

    diaby

    fabregas ramsey

    nasri eduardo

    arshavin

    i had it with arshavin (short) playing as a striker!!!!! wenger sayd he will buy someone if bendtner doesn’t recover until friday. he is still injured and it is sunday!!!!!!!!!

    whats with the news on lacina traore? please not him…he is too young.

    c.cole, saha, zamora, j.baptista!!!! maybe zarate…but he is a bit short too. but would be still a good signing.

  11. rocknrolljesus1
    January 18, 2010 at 1:33 am #

    zamora is injured…sorry i didnt know….xD

  12. shambogunner
    January 18, 2010 at 1:35 am #

    craig eastmond to play the def role….goodluck to the lad,i hav faith in him

  13. Arsenal
    January 18, 2010 at 1:38 am #

    EASTMOND IT IS…

    our squad is so thin at the moment…look at our subs

    fabianski, vela, clichy, silverste, merida, coquelin, JET

  14. Andrew Weber
    January 18, 2010 at 1:54 am #

    Eastmond in for Nasri. Good luck to him.

    I knew he’d get some time after his substitute performance a couple of games ago, but never though he’d start so soon!

    Good luck to him.

  15. shambogunner
    January 18, 2010 at 2:32 am #

    ……..sheer quality……..fabregas is just a legend

  16. shambogunner
    January 18, 2010 at 2:40 am #

    dirty bolton pigs we shud hav two pens,taylor shud off….nice to see rosicky gettin stuck in…lets hav more of it boys

  17. billi
    January 18, 2010 at 2:58 am #

    not really convincing, fabulous goal nonetheless, quite a physical play, much up and down, but they need a second goal, otherwise …., Bolton is quite near a level and then…… it will be difficult, much confusion in the game, 😎

  18. C-Bass
    January 18, 2010 at 3:02 am #

    We’ve got Cesc Fabregas!

    Traore needs to step it up. He had a woeful first period.

  19. shambogunner
    January 18, 2010 at 3:39 am #

    get in merida ya little beauty

  20. Andrew Weber
    January 18, 2010 at 3:57 am #

    Spain double-up!

  21. billi
    January 18, 2010 at 3:57 am #

    I would say it was hard work, Bolton had many good chances which they didn’t take, but in the end deserved 😉

  22. henrykissinher
    January 18, 2010 at 4:14 am #

    quality win away from home, eastman and merida were good fabs and rosicky aswell. diaby did very well later on in the more defensive role. traore had a bit of a shocker in his defensive duties, but his attacking skills are certainly an asset.

  23. Geocross
    January 18, 2010 at 4:58 am #

    Again it was not the best performance but It doesn’t matter, we won and that’s all, good goals, now at the emirates!! I’m looking forward for it! 🙂

  24. shambogunner
    January 18, 2010 at 5:13 am #

    fabregas and vermaelen different class…

  25. Emperor Gooner
    January 18, 2010 at 5:28 am #

    great game by the lads..get in!!

    couldn’t have expected too many shots on target seeing how that talentless bolton side approached the game..we took our chances and that’s the best part

    and yeah that first goal was pure “only-at-arsenal”..i’ll be watching it more than once!!

    bring on bolton (again)

  26. theicehammer
    January 18, 2010 at 5:41 am #

    shambo, ref yesterdays comment, are you saying i aught to come out!!

  27. georgetown gooner
    January 18, 2010 at 5:47 am #

    bolton tried to get physical but that didnt work,some good stuff from the lads and a great 3pts, once again capt fantastic led by example with a terrific goal.

  28. theicehammer
    January 18, 2010 at 6:28 am #

    Boys how did the game go. I ave been working 2day and have viewed no football at all. How solid was the middle defensive role, who took that position.
    Shambo im so appy de ammers somehow fashioned a point out of villa. Greenie was the don. Franco Zola said he thought we could have stole it at the end. Were on your trail now Gooners and some players are coming back. Where like a steam train, smoaking so you better get off the tracks or will role right over you. sorry……just finished my dinner and ive had far too much Merlot Veneto.

  29. theicehammer
    January 18, 2010 at 6:32 am #

    When is Jay Emmaneul “Thomas” going to get a chance Arsene. E would twine the middle of midfield.

  30. Andrew Weber
    January 18, 2010 at 8:15 am #

    @ ice – The game was interesting. We didn’t dominate Bolton – they actually had quite a number of chances – but it had a shootout sort of feel to it and we made more. Almunia had a good game while at the other end Fabregas was quality and we deserved to win.

  31. theicehammer
    January 18, 2010 at 8:42 am #

    @Andrew ta mate, do you think you can do it then, win the league that is……will it be a major disappointment if you dont.

  32. shambogunner
    January 18, 2010 at 8:57 am #

    hey ice,
    yeah ur boys played very wel today and a win wouldnt hav flattered you…..we put in the type of shift you need to away to bolton if you want to win a league.almunia did perform when called upon
    cesc and vermaelen were the stars for me,id even say it was a masterclass from our captain,covered every blade of grass,hustled and shook steinson with a cracking tackle at the start of the second half…aswel as providing his usual game.is there anything the guy cant do?wot a leader and he laid down a marker today that we wernt going to be outfought and this in turn inspired gallas,verm and rosicky who didnt shy away from the physical stuff…..rosickys tackle set up our first and vermaelens cruncher in our box set up the counter for our second,also did you notice rosickys zero tolerence approach after diaby had been tripped by klasnic and he flattened klasnic????that and the 2 goals got me off my seat!!love seein that…rowin in for each other
    diaby was much better when moved DM,he looked tired at times before that i felt…eastmond acquitted himself very wel i thought altho u cud see his nerves at time he impressed with his decision making
    merida didnt look like a guy who wants away when he celebrated his goal in front of the fans,and the boss hasnt given up on him yet either
    now for the ‘negativity’ or reality dependin on your disposition; eduardo isnt a central striker and was isolated today against the cahill/knight combo,they were too strong for him and he fed off scraps….we need muscle to compliment him/rvp/arsha,etc, a big target man would open up so many other avenues of attack for us and even draw these big centre halves away from our playmakers
    happy out toni tho….wel done boys!!

  33. Andrew Weber
    January 18, 2010 at 10:33 am #

    Hey Shambo you’re happy! Good to see it!

  34. shambogunner
    January 18, 2010 at 10:54 am #

    ha ha ha,i think iv misrepresented myself at times in ere andy,im not that negative,im nearly always happy mate,shur im irish!!! 😉
    on a serious note tho guys,that was a gutsy TEAM performance and without song,deni,nasri,rvp,ramsey,nic,eboue,etc…..i dont care if we dont actually win the league this season now because you can see the desire and team ethic is there now and the future will be great if we can keep these fellas together…

  35. Andrew Weber
    January 18, 2010 at 10:56 am #

    It was gutsy. Players like Fabregas, Rosicky, Arshavin – they’re little but they’ve got balls. Nasri and Ramsey are the same even though they didn’t play. There’s a toughness to most of the players that are in the squad that wasn’t evident a season or two ago.

  36. theicehammer
    January 19, 2010 at 5:57 am #

    hi all, it nice to see the boys putting a foot in but that job would be done better by a bigger man. The smaller players will only pick up injuries because of it.

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