It is hard not to be slightly fearful with the new season almost upon us and I think that says a lot. Even the ever optimistic Arsene Wenger was just 'hopeful' going into Sunday's game at Anfield. When you have a great squad and a decent chance of the big titles then one has this eagerness and anticipation combined with an almost naive over confidence. I don't have that this year, I am looking forward to things starting but I am not massively confident for the season ahead.
Everyone can remember the 4-4 game from the 2008/9 season, everyone remembers the brilliant Arshavin goals, something that few remember is that Fabianski was in goal that day and he was very poor, arguably to blame for at least two of the goals, if not three. How some things haven't changed in three years.
Fabiasnki is a complete and utter liability. It seems that virtually all Gooners are in agreement that Almunia is a far better goalkeeper and he should be the one playing at Anfield. If Fabianski starts then it will be proof that Arsene has lost the plot, his blind faith in certain players will have gone too far this time. I sincerely hope we have anyone else but Fabianski in goal. The goalkeeping position has been so badly managed, our lack of centre backs is also a big big concern.
Liverpool are likely to have Torres out, but new signing Poulsen may feature. It would appear likely that Cole and Gerrard will start, I wouldn't be surprised to see Ngog play as a lone striker with a five man midfield behind him. We have all seen in recent seasons how Hodgson has been very sharp tactically against us with Fulham, they pass the ball well and press very effectively. A lot will depend on how fit various players are including Cesc, RVP and Diaby. This would be my Arsenal eleven assuming that Cesc, RVP and Diaby are not ready to start the game:
Sagna Koscielny Vermaelen Clichy
Eboue Frimpong Nasri
Walcott Chamakh Arshavin
If Diaby were fit then I'd start him ahead of Frimpong in the deeper holding role. It's tricky to leave out Jack but I think Nasri has been so outstanding in pre season and if Arshavin is fully fit then it's hard to leave out either of those two, but it is almost tempting to stick Jack in the midfield three, Nasri further forward and keep Arshavin as a super sub. To get anything out of the game we are going to have to defend well and this will be the key, Liverpool will always bombard us for periods and it will be down to our ability to absorb pressure. I really hope we can do it and get something out of the game. Come on you Gunners!