Arsenal VS Blackburn by AH
Arsenal welcome Blackburn to the Emirates this weekend in the next round of the FA Cup following our 3-2 win over Brighton and Hove Albion a few weeks back. Despite falling down the ranks in recent years and making the drop to the Championship last summer, Blackburn are still worthy opponents and will be no push overs.
Arsenal.com has released the latest team news ahead of the clash; Wenger on Thomas Vermealen – “He is looking quite good and is possibly back for Saturday. He should be in the squad.”
Good to hear our captain is back to fitness following the recent scare from Laurent Koscienly and lack of defensive depth.
On Jack Wilshere; “He is having tests today [Thursday] and tomorrow. He is looking better. He is still a doubt for Saturday. He’s got a kick on the thigh.”
On Laurent Koscienly; “That is a problem. He has a test today and tomorrow exactly like Wilshere.”
Wenger also points out players who are okay on fitness despite the high amount of games in the last few weeks. Diaby is set to return but Carl Jenkinson serves his ban from his red card last weekend against Sunderland. I think had he not been suspended, Jenkinson would be in the starting XI for this game.
I would expect the line-up to be
Sagna Mertesacker Miquel Monreal
Oxlade-Chamberlain Giroud Podolski
Arsenal VS Blackburn should be a tough game considering we must rest lots of key players as we have the Champions League tie vs Bayern Munich midweek. Although the team above still includes many key players Wenger will look to kill the game off early and then bring the stars off in the 2nd half giving both the players and the fans a slightly more comfortable rest than normal. Arsenal should play a weakened team but we should be able to come away with a place in the next round. At least we know Paul Robinson will be in goal for Blackburn. 69 goals conceded and counting in games vs Arsenal!