Monday, January 21, 2008

A stronger than usual squad to face Spurs in the Carling Cup rematch

Injuries and the African Cup of Nations (plus the admission on Arsene's side that we might need some of our first-team firepower to get past the Spurs at White Hart Lane) have conjured up a significantly stronger squad than we had lined up two weeks ago.

The probable starting line up:

21 Fabianski

3 Sagna 31 Hoyte 10 Gallas 30 Traore

13 Hleb 15 Denilson 19 Gilberto 2 Diaby

32 Walcott 26 Bendtner

More encouraging, however, is the bench, which includes Fabregas, Flamini, Adebayor, and Eduardo. Depending on how the game pendulum swings, we could see any combination of the three coming in at some point in the second half (or, if I may boldly predict, extra time)

Massive game for the team - a tremendous confidence booster if we go through, and just as significant of a blow if we don't. I feel strangely confident about this one - don't ask me why. Go Gunners!

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