After five cup games in a row and thirteen televised games in all competitions in a row, we return to the Premiership on Saturday for a 3pm kick off. Feels nice. Twelve games left now in order to secure third place. We currently sit four points behind Liverpool with two games in hand. And our situation could improve even before our players start warming up, with Manchester United travelling to Anfield Saturday morning. Reading sit a mere six points and two league places below us. In fact they’ve actually won more home games then we have this season. This is definitely a game we need to win, if anything to restore some confidence to a squad shaken by three consecutive losses in three different competitions before we go into a game that we have to win by two clear goals on Wednesday.
We’ve faced Reading twice before under Arsene. A victory in the fourth round of the Carling Cup last season and a tasty 4-0 victory earlier this season.
Arsenal – DWDLLL
Reading – WWWDLL
At home this season we’ve won eight and drawn five, scoring thirty two goals and conceding ten. Away from home this season, Reading have won four, drawn three and lost seven.
Adebayor and Toure are suspended for another two league games atleast, maybe three for Ade. Eboue is suspended for three games starting with this one. Clichy picked up his fifth yellow card of the season against Blackburn and will miss the Aston Villa game in a couple of weeks.
Van Persie out for another eight weeks.
Hoyte’s out with a hamstring injury. Henry’s foot problem will keep him out for one or maybe both of the next two games. Rosicky will definitely miss the week’s games with groin injury. Flamini misses another game with his foot injury. Diaby hurt his ankle when he was knocking teeth out of Terry’s mouth and will miss this game, probably back in the squad for Wednesday though.
Lehmann, Djourou and Fabregas return to the squad.
Henry, Brown, Convey, Halls, Sonko and Mate all out for this game.
Lehmann should return in goal. Clichy will start his first game since the Blackburn home leg. Fabregas may return in the middle alongside Gilberto unless Wenger wants to give him another game off before the must-win against PSV. Gallas will have to slot in at right back with Hoyte and Eboue missing. Djourou to start alongside Senderos. Aliadiere and Baptista play as a partnership for a third consecutive game being our only two fit strikers. Wenger might as well play the strongest side available for the next two games seeing as most of the first team have missed the last two or three games, Toure, Ebou and Adebayor will be available again on Wednesday, and after that game we have a week off. We have to win this, if United can take all three points from Anfield, we’ll be four points from third place with three games in hand before we kick off. Can’t really ask for a better opportunity to nick third place. Reading to score a goal of the season contender after eight minutes, then.
Let’s hope that Baptista and Aliadiere can actually score a fucking goal between them.
They change their team around every game regardless of injuries so I haven’t got a clue what their starting line up will be. I can’t even work out who’s going to be in goal.