Weekend Preview

League toppers Arsenal invite newcomers Derby county to the Emirates in what could determine a very crucial weekend for Arsenal’s title aspirations. Firstly, 3 points here will take them a few points ahead of Man U and Chelsea depending on the outcome of that match ofcourse. Moreover, Liverpool loks like beating Birmingham at Anfield and Arsenal cannot look at relaxing even a bit. Second reason why this is a crucial match is because last year Arsenal’s problem was these smaller teams which defended with 11 men and did not allow the Gunners to play their natural game. But the team of 2007 is good at unlocking defence, proven by the fact that we scored one against Man City and looked like scoring a couple more that day.

Injuries are a big issue as reported in the club website. Rosicky is out with a hamstring & Hleb has taken a knock on his knees. So that rules out 2 players from the current XI. Senderos is deemed fit and should start in the centre of defence in all probability. And Wenger has indicated that Walcott and Eduardo might get a nod in. So I think the team might look like this –

 Almunia

Sagna/Flamini Toure Senderos Clichy

Walcott Gilberto Fabregas Diaby

Eduardo Persie/Bendtner

Well if we get 3 points and 2 goals, it should be considered a good victory.

In the biggest clash of the weekend, Mourinho-less Chelsea travel to Old Trafford, in what should be a  scintillating match but what could turn out to be boring affair, given how these two teams have been playing against each other in the last few matches. Nevertheless, it should be interesting to see how this Chelsea team plays now. From this performance a lot of sports analysts in different channels are gonna bisect and dissect and extrapolate Chelsea’s future for this season and many seasons to come.

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