After deservedly getting 3 points from their match against West Brom, though just by a solitary goal, Arsenal travel across the city to meet Fulham at Craven Cottage on week 2 of this season. It was heartening to see Manchester United being held by Newcastle at Old Trafford but the way Chelsea demolished Portsmouth is trouble for all the other teams in the league. Chelsea this season increasingly looks like the team to beat.
On the injury front, Fabregas, Rosicky and Diaby are still not available for selection. Alex Song is back from Olympics and if he has got enough rest, should be playing in the centre of the park with Denilson. Samir Nasri seems to have shrugged off his injury that kept him out of the French squad. That should be interesting. On the other hand, Fulham would be missing Andy Johnson whom they signed from Everton dues to injury.
Wenger should look to start the season like he did last year when we had 8 wins in 9 games. That is the kind of start which can drive the confidence in this young side and give them the momentum to chase the title. Chelsea slamming in 4 goals against a team United failed to score (Community Shiled) is bad news, especially when you see that the goalkeeper who let in 4 is David James!!! Eboue’s position is a debating point across many an Arsenal forum and I would like to see him be the first choice replacement for right back or winger. If things go well, maybe Vela will also get a chance to play in this match.
Toure should be starting the match with Gallas alongside him. Another interesting bit of transfer was the signing of Silvestre from Manchester United. He is 31 and French and is a versatile player who can play as a central defender or left back. It seems he has come cheap at 750k pounds. Smart Purchase? Yes. But every Gooner is looking forward to Wenger buying an experienced holding midfielder to strengthen the team than such buys. As of now it is a wait and watch game from Wenger’s side and he will in all likelihood throw in a surprise come the transfer deadline.