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Arsenal will need this if they want a positive result at Liverpool

December 11, 2009

And lots of it.

One of the several benefits of popping fish oil pills is that it improves concentration. I could also suggest this and this but the legitimacy of using these could be questioned. Moreover, the side effects can be particularly unpleasant. Taking fish oil supplements is not as dangerous and certainly not illegal.

Look at my earlier post and you’ll see how we’ve squandered leads or even lost games altogether, late in the game at Anfield. It has happened 3 times in the last 5 years alone. Even before that, I remember, part time striker Heskey of all people, scoring a late equalizer for Liverpool. That was the game where even Liverpool fans drooled at the stuff we played and yet the defining statistic was a 2-2 draw, that too after taking a 2-0 lead*.

To sum it up, it is a 90 minute game and we need to maintain our concentration levels a little bit more than usual here at Anfield.

To those who believe that the loss against Fiorentina would dent Liverpool’s morale, think again. Their fate had already been determined before that match so the result was irrelevant.

Besides, as someone else pointed out Liverpool have thrived in adversity albeit on a temporary basis, by winning comprehensively against United and Everton. In other words, it is possibly the worst time to play Liverpool. And I haven’t talked about our injury woes yet.

Historically, Liverpool have always been strong at home. Last year they were the only team to stay unbeaten at home. They have also lost just once in 37 games.

And they love to play Arsenal.

If our recent record isn’t impressive, then our record in the mid nineties was far worse. And when you compare the quality of Liverpool then and now, only a fool would think that we are the favourites on Sunday.

Of course, that doesn’t mean we can’t/won’t get a positive result on Sunday. But expecting a win in such conditions is the fastest way to disappointment. What I do know is that intricate football alone will not do. Our two league wins at Liverpool this decade, besides moments of sheer brilliancies, were largely down to determined defending and a lot of luck. How else can you explain a win at Anfield despite playing with 10 men?

Knowing our luck with injuries this season, I think we’ll just about have Diaby back for this game. It is imperative we have a solid look about our team to begin with. Otherwise we’ll be carved open. Bearing in mind that, and also the fact that I’m guessing our XI on a Friday, when the match is on Sunday afternoon, the team I think we’ll play will be something like this…

Almunia

     Sagna     Gallas    Vermaelen      Traore

         Denilson    Fabregas    Song

Walcott Nasri    Arshavin    Diaby

Not sure about the substitutes but I assume Fabianski, Silvestre and Ramsey will definitely be 3 out of the 7.

Knowing our luck, Liverpool will have Torres back available to start. He will be complimented by Gerrard and Aquilani. I hope the latter doesn’t have the same impact as Alonso when he started, not against us anyway.

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. RedSigmund permalink
    December 11, 2009 22:05

    I would play Nasri ahead of Theo, who has been disappointing in his very few appearances.

  2. December 11, 2009 22:35

    Oh silly me, completely forgot about Nasri. Yes he will definitely start. Theo goes on the bench then.

    • marky permalink
      December 12, 2009 01:43

      HOW ON EARTH CAN U FORGET NASRI? The new Zidane, the new Platini, the new Pires – damn it he is like the new everything from France. Maybe you need to take you fish oil supplements man – you know, coz your memory failed you.

      Disclaimer: Nasri is not the new anyone. He is simply, Samir Nasri. There is a youtube video of him as youngster where he says something along those lines. find it coz I can’t.

      • dreamfight3r permalink
        December 12, 2009 01:49

        aha, you mean this vid, right?

      • December 12, 2009 12:42

        haha that is class. Wow, he looks as young as I was back in 1999. Mind you I wasn’t that confident, not on my football ability anyway.

  3. Monsor permalink
    December 12, 2009 01:51

    I use 2 lyk theo walcot b4 but now i dnt knw i tink dir is proble

  4. subatomicman permalink
    December 12, 2009 02:53

    Great post, I have been having similar thoughts. I think a draw would be just great, a win would be extra special. The key will be stopping Torres, hopefully Vermaelen can keep pace with the storm, should it get unleashed! I know we can score goals, hell Arshavin bagged 4, but we gave up 4. That reminds me, set plays, we suck at defending set plays, particularly when Almunia is in net. I’m already in knots over this shit!
    BTW, I think Vela would be on the bench, probably Wilshere too. And yeah I agree, Nasri starts, he’s way more consistent than Walcott at this point in the season.

  5. Top44Sure permalink
    December 12, 2009 12:10

    Am I the only person who thinks Diaby should play in the striker role with Arshavin playing just off him? To me, Diaby is tall, strong and is the most underrated finisher at Arsenal…

    Come on Arsene, you know it makes sense…!!!

    • December 12, 2009 12:41

      definitely not the first person to think about that. I agree, all of Diaby’s goals have been good finishes. It might still happen!

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