The pressure is somewhat off tonight as we have already qualified for the Champions League knock out round, while the possibility of top spot is there, it is unlikely that Dortmund will lose at home to Anderlecht (famous last words perhaps) so Arsène has gone for rotation over hope. A sensible move given the yearly long list of unavailable players at our disposal. There is some good news with the return of Mathieu Debuchy. His injury has meant a reshuffle for the likes of Calum Chambers and Nacho Monreal for the most part. Debuchy's aggression and recovery pace has been missed so hopefully we won't have to wait too long before he is up to full speed.
We've left a few of the first team players in London to rest weary legs, so our bench will be very young. Just to emphasis the point, here is a team that will not be available tonight and looking around the pitch it is not difficult to see why we have been so inconsistent this season, given how long some of those players have been out.
As for tonight's line up, Arsène announced that yesterday. Not much rotation can be done in the midfield with so many players injured or in need of rest.
Who would you fancy is the two teams met each other on a cold and rainy night up north?
It would be nice to win the game tonight just to restore a little bit of confidence after the negativity that has surrounded the club in the last week.
Gotta keep this short today as I have been lucky enough to be invited to a screening of the game with the likes of Nigel Winterburn and a few other Arsenal bloggers. Should be a good night.
Back tomorrow with the usual post match reaction.