Sparta Prague are our opponents in the second of three home matches in quick succession, as we look to continue our 100% home record so far. Although we only really need to draw this after winning two nil in the Czech Republic, I’m sure the players will be looking for another win.
Gallas and Lehmann are definitely out. Sagna is out after Flamini injured him but he will be back by the weekend. Senderos is back in the squad. No word on Diaby for the last couple of weeks, although he is back in training. Eboue will probably be back by the Portsmouth game. Haven’t seen Hoyte for a while, I assume he’s available as he hasn’t been mentioned as an injury. Either Hoyte or Flamini at right back.
Wenger may stick with a similar setup to that which lined up against Manchester City. Adebayor and van Persie didn’t seem to work that well as a strike partnership, although that could be due to Adebayor’s fitness. I was hoping that Adebayor would batter the back four and keep them occupied while van Persie could drop off slightly and find space to shoot or pick passes out, but there were no effective runs being made with Adebayor constantly standing five yards offside, and van Persie’s shooting and passing were off form.
Maybe van Persie will get a rest in this game and Adebayor will get a chance to build up his fitness alongside Eduardo. The other choice Wenger has is Denilson, Gilberto or Flamini alongside Fabregas. Think we may see a wee bit o’ rotation, where it’s possible. Gilberto and Adebayor will start to improve their match fitness and Eduardo and Denilson will perhaps come in for van Persie and Fabregas, seeing as they’re both on yellow cards, and chances are Repka will try and break Fabregas in half the first chance he gets.
Subs: Fabianski, Flamini, Song, Diaby, Walcott, Bendtner, van Persie