2-2 from the first leg, and a finely balanced tie. While we have the advantage of the two away goals, which means that we win if the score is 0-0 or 1-1 after 120 minutes, it will be another difficult game, with Spurs once again playing their strongest line-up while we rest certain players. Another performance of the calibre of the one we saw at White Hart Lane will be required. Although preferably without two early conceded goals. Ahem.
Spurs away form has been fairly shocking this season. One win, five draws and six defeats in the league. They only faced one away tie in the Carling Cup, which was an easy victory against Milton Keynes Dons. They could only manage a draw away to Cardiff in the FA Cup.
Spurs not in their best form of the season, two draws and two losses from the last four league games, and a morale boosting fuck up of a two goal lead in the Carling Cup.
Spurs have no new injuries since the first leg, Berbatov should be back. Mido’s suspension doesn’t start until February.
Gilberto is available again for us after suspension.
Van Persie and Hleb out with long term injuries. Gallas out with a permanent injury,
The ‘Ox in the Box’ has a groin problem, Wenger said yesterday 'We check now, a groin problem, but we hope it's not too bad and he can play on Wednesday'.
Djourou had a hamstring problem, on Friday Arsene said that he hopes he will be back for Wednesday.
Ljungberg has been almost available for a couple of weeks now, maybe he finally makes it back this time.
Eboue isn’t listed in the injury bit on Arsenal.con, so I presume he’s fit to play.
I think Wenger said in the program notes that he plans on having a first team bench, with maybe a couple more first team players starting. The team could be anything really.
Plenty of variables in our lineup. I assume Almunia will keep his place for one more game. Flamini and Fabregas will probably straight swap for Gilberto and Diaby. Eboue will probably start, either at right back or right midfield. If at right back, Walcott will keep his place I expect, with Denilson/Rosicky/Whomever starting on the left. Two of Adebayor, Aliadiere and Baptista, depending on how bad The Beast’s injury is.
Poom, Djourou, Fabregas, Rosicky, Henry
I would personally go for:
Poom, Senderos, Fabregas, Rosicky, Henry
Cerny, Rocha, Jenas, Keane, Mido