Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Almost nobody I know will be interested in this, or This one is for me.

I've been worried about Arsenal this preseason. As they've been, I don't think they've got it in them to win things. However, i've figured out the line-up that i would trust most. So, if i were Arséne Wenger, this would be my XI:
Goalkeeper: Almunia (Fabianski)
(L)- Clichy (Traore)
(C)- Gallas (Senderos)
(C)- Toure (Djourou)
(R)- Sagna (Eboue/Hoyte)
(L)- Nasri
(C-Attacking)- Fabregas (Denilson/Wilshere)
(C-Holding)- Song (Diaby/Ramsey)
(R)- Walcott (Vela/Eboue)
Adebayor (Bendtner)
van Persie (Vela)

As far as the Defense go, the line-up writes itself.

In the midfield i've excluded those permanently injured (Rozicky) as well as those i know nothing about (Amaury Bischoff). I hope that Amaury Bischoff surprises me and becomes obvious first team/starting choice on the right (or Rozicky has a miraculous healing) in order to free up Theo to be the first choice striker behind RVP (who I expect to injured any time now, and who hasn't quite refound his touch/positioning). If i'm being honest I just want Eduardo back as first choice.
I chose Song as the holding midfielder because A- Diaby is made of glass and I don't know if he has the chops to play game in, game out, B- Song's experience playing as a center back would calm my concern for the mediocre relationship between Toure and Gallas, and C- when played as a defensive minded center mid-fielder for Cameroon Song has shone, even getting named as one of the Africa Cup of Nation's best players.
Cesc is the obvious choice, as is Nasri on the Left.

Adebayor is our obvious first choice striker. As dumb as he made himself look over the summer, we need him to keep scoring goals. RVP will be the proper attack partner for Ade if he finds his touch again soon. If not i would like to see Theo getting the start partnering Ade. As soon as eduardo is back i want to see him getting time.

For my money- thats the best line up. in my opinion, that line up can win trophies.