Now it’s the third game of Champions League, and losing doesn’t mean we’re out, but this is an extremely important game for Arsenal. After a big game at the weekend and the fighting for confidence in the Arsenal camp it will be a very hard, but important win for the Gunners. Marseilles brings an extremely tough test though, having already disposed of Borussia Dortmund with ease while Arsenal could only draw.
Marseilles have had a tough time in Ligue 1 with only 1 win in 10 games so far, but have had success so far in Europe. This could be the perfect test for Arsenal playing a strong team with up and down form while Arsenal seem to be the same way. Arsenal will have to deal with some difficult attacking threats such as Valbuena, Ayew, and Loic Remy to say the least and it will be a big test for the Arsenal back four.
A win versus Sunderland on Sunday hopefully marked the turn of a corner for Arsenal and the confidence boost that is gained from a win against Marseilles would be massive! Although the boys have had limited rest having played on Sunday they will be raring to go for this one and we may even see a few players rotated.
Our starting 11 will probably stay much the same with Santos filling in for Gibbs, and Jenkinson getting the start based on the fact that Arsene won’t risk his only backup center back to put Koscielny out at right back. This could expose Arsenal with both Marseilles wingers being very fast and very good.
I’d like to see RvP put back in the attacking midfield spot and I think he would be more influential in the game if he moved further into the midfield. I also think it’s time to move Theo Walcott into the center as he’s become quite invisible over on the wings. Theo has a problem of not being able to run at defenders, he has a strength of running past them and timing his runs well. So why not let him play in the middle where Van Persie and Arteta and supply him the through balls he needs to be effective!
So here is my ideal line up for Arsenal tomorrow night!
Kos Mertesacker Djourou Santos
Gervinho Walcott Arshavin
I’m a wishful thinker I know! I do think we will see Arshavin get the start, and will see Chamakh tomorrow at some point. I also think Ramsey will be in the squad being rested on Saturday and Rosicky will go back to the bench having a very good game on Saturday. Honestly with the squad Arsenal has named, any of the players named could be started especially ahead of a big game against Stoke which Arsenal often struggle against.
So pray hard tonight for a good tomorrow!