It’s a rather early and quick blog today before I get ready for cricket final this afternoon. The international break has successfully rekindled my love for the gentleman’s game. And with the home team playing it should turn out to be a memorable finale.
Coming back to Arsenal, early team news confirmed that van Persie and Bendtner have sufficiently recovered from any knocks they picked up during international duty with Ramsey the only casualty. Joining them after a hiatus would be Cesc, Walcott and Song who would all be expected to start today.
Wenger is urging the FA not to include Wilshere in the U21 championships this summer fearing he will ‘hit the wall’ at some stage due to excessive football. Wilshire wants to play, which is understandable considering the false bravado of invincibility that comes with being 19 years old. We’ve all been there. Some of us rather recently.
However, there isn’t anyone more experienced than Arsene when it comes to young players and we wouldn’t want another Walcott situation now would we?
“You know this car will hit the wall at some stage and you see it a little bit earlier than somebody who has less experience. I think, in the world, nobody has brought more young players through than I have and I have a good experience of what kind of stages they go through.”
We could see the team line up as: Almunia; Clichy, Koscielny, Squillaci, Sagna; Nasri, Fabregas, Wilshere, Song, Walcott; v. Persie
Or maybe Wenger might prefer to use Walcott as a sub and start with Arshavin who tends to do well against Blackburn.
We’re at home and there isn’t any doubt who the better team is. So forgive me for feeling more than bit confident about this one. And I’m not only talking about the cricket. Let’s just hope there aren’t any hangovers from the last two weeks. So have a great time wherever you’re watching the match.
Cheers till tomorrow.Venue Emirates Stadium, Satuday 1730 GMT Last season Arsenal 6 Blackburn 2 Referee Phil Dowd Odds Arsenal 2-7 Blackburn 12-1 Draw 26-5 Suspended None Form guide DDWWDW Disciplinary record Y50 R6 Leading scorer Van Persie 11