Monday, 31 December 2007

News for hammers clash

Bacary Sagna looks set to be rested with Justin Hoyte deputising, while Emmanuel Eboue and Theo Walcott return to the squad. Interestingly Arsenal have also activated a clause in young Matthew Connolly's contract to recall him from Colchester in January. I just wonder if Matthew Connolly has done enough to rise above Johan Djorou in the grand scheme of things? He has done well and was recently called up to the England U-21 squad.

The only changes I see for tomorrow are Sagna for Hoyte, Rosicky for Diaby and Adebayor for Bendtner to leave a line up of:

Almunia; Hoyte, Toure, Gallas, Clichy; Hleb, Fabregas, Flamini, Rosicky, Adebayor, Eduardo.

I very much hope we go for a 4-4-2, I suspect West Ham will go for 4-5-1 but we should sacrifice a bit of possession for the cutting edge that two up front brings. Even though Bendtner didn't have his best ever game, he was involved in the first two Eduardo goals; it makes such a difference having two up top to put the opposition under that bit of extra pressure, the extra bustle means you get a few balls breaking for you out of nothing. Please indulge us Arsene.

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