We've had so many intense games of late, even Alexis might put a hand up and asked to be excused for this one tonight, ok maybe that is somewhat of a stretch knowing what Alexis is like but you get the point.

The games have come thick and fast in recent weeks, not only that but we have also played against Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Everton. Three teams who are good at keeping the ball so we have had plenty of chasing around to do, so the Capital One Cup is a good chance to give those desperate for a game, a chance to gain some vital match sharpness but perhaps more importantly rest some weary limbs. And I imagine we have a few of those.

I found these comments from Arsène quite interesting

Wenger Said: "Calum can play in midfield, he can play central defender," he said. "I think in the future he will certainly be a central defender, but he can also play right back.

"That versatility will help him in the future because he will tactically know more about the game, he will be technically better prepared and physically he will be at the top, top level.

"I’m confident that Calum will be a successful England player."

I imagine the reason why Arsène is talking up Chambers versatility is because I think Arsène is planning to give him another go in central midfield. I mean we are down to the barest of bones in that area at the moment. The priority will be to rest the players who need it, that means Coquelin, Cazorla and Özil. If we were not ravaged in that area then our team would look something like this I'd imagine.


Gives the side a completely different feel doesn't it? So it looks like we are going to have to patch up the team as much as possible.

Mean Lean's Predicted Line Up:

When I started writing this, I had Theo Walcott as our central striker but the more I think about it the more it makes sense to have the stable Giroud as the central pivot, especially given the inexperience of Campbell, Iwobi and Ox playing in what I imagine will be a different role for him.

All the players in attacking midfield and attack are all talented individuals but the blend does not look right, well at least on paper. It seems to lack a bit of guile, a bit of control so I am not sure that Theo would help that plus Giroud looks to be in one of his purple patches, at least in front of goal. He doesn't have a lot of minutes in his legs so two starts for him shouldn't be an issue for him.

Big chance for someone like Joel Campbell who is yet to put two games together for Arsenal in a row. I think folk have been harsh on him so far based on the little he has played. I don't know what it is but I think there is a decent player in there somewhere, the problem is that he could only prove himself if a Coquelin situation presented itself, and nobody wants injuries to all our attackers to give him a run of games.

Just came across this Tweet


Talk about draining every last bit of confidence out of me.

This is an extremely unpredictable game because we do not know what our team will be and how they will play together so certainly no predictions from my side.

Tim made a point in the latest Arsenal Vision Podcast that I agree with. It is important to remain in the competition because most of the players on show are desperate for games and we will need them over the course of the season, especially if our midfield injury illness spreads to other areas of the squad.

Anyhoo fingers crossed, post match stuff in the next few days. If you want to answer some post match questions on the game then give me a shout.