Rover’s return to the Emirates

Blackburn Rovers return to the Emirates for the first time since relegation in the FA Cup 5th round fixture. Arsenal are fighting on three fronts right now so we can expect to see an unfamiliar line-up. We need silverware though, so there needs to be focus on this game and the BFG has been exercising his vocal prowess informing the world that Arsenal are going to take this fixture very seriously indeed and are not even thinking about Bayern.

Arsene has said in his press conference today that players that have been playing regularly will be rested so I expect to see Cazorla and Giroud benched, with Wilshire left sitting in the stands to continue his rehabilitation from the kick at Sunderland. I also expect Koscielny to be left on the bench to save risking him so I thing the line up might look something like this. A return for African legend Gervinho is on the cards too after a rest following the ACN.

Vito Mannone
Nacho Monreal
Iggy Miquel
Martin Angha
Le Coq
Abou Diaby
Aaron Ramsey
The Ox

I have put Le Coq in, but there is a chance that his injury is still not healed, he was close before Sunderland and was not risked so I think there is a good chance he will be in. There is enough talent in this side to get a positive result, but caution is the watch word of the day – Blackburn do have good players and they are fighting for every point they can get in the Championship so this is no easy fixture. With Blackburn sitting in 8th position and chasing the play-offs, they won’t want to risk injury to key players but they also know a strong cup run can galvanise the team.

Expect to see Premier League veterans in Morten Gamst Pedersen and Gael Givet along with promising stars such as David Goodwillie and the nomadic Colin Kazim-Richards – a player who has roamed from QPR and Arsenal schoolboy to his first professional contract at Bury to Fenerbahçe, Toulouse, Galatasaray and back to blighty and a season loan at good old Blackburn. He’s only 26 – That’s a whole lot of travelling.

This is a game that is important to our season. Forget the lip-service from Mertesacker about the focus on this game. Success breeds success and a good result this weekend can only build confidence before the 1st leg tie against Bayern.





5 thoughts on “Rover’s return to the Emirates”

  1. Excellent stuff Wiggy! 🙂

    I like your line-up, but there is a lot of change and I am not sure whether Wenger will go as far as playing Arshavin on the left and Gervinho as our central striker….

    But, it is really difficult to predict Arsene’s line-up for tomorrow as we surely will see at least some changes.

    Hope the Good Guys can win in style tomorrow (I will be there! 🙂 )

    Keep rocking WG, and catch up with you soon. 🙂

    1. Hi TA

      I just wanted to highlight that we really have a 2nd first team, full of decent players that just don’t play as much as they should.

      That team can beat Blackburn and we can have stronger players on the bench.


  2. How`s it goin WG ,

    I hope Gervinho won`t be central striker `cause we need the ball going into the net . Over all , kinda difficult to see who can score for us in that line up . I dont think we need to rest players completely , as they all train anyway , playing the last 30 mins or even the second half could help us win . Surely we dont want injuries to happen though , I understand that , but I think we need to insure a progress in the FA cup . Success in the cup will also boost confidence for the fight against spurs for 4th place , which is top priority .
    Lets have a good one today !

    1. Morning Red,

      I think Arsene has to be thinking about resting Giroud and due to the lack of a like-for-like replacement we will be looking at something more wholesale.

      I could be completely wrong, Arsene, might really go for it, but we know the champions league is his holy grail so I do expect a very different lineup today.

      Come on you Gooners!


  3. Hi WG,

    I like your team suggestion, and there is a part of me that says these guys should get a chance to make it in these sort of games — otherwise what is the point?

    But after the Bradford disappointment — and I was gutted by the sheer ridiculous nature of losing to a team like that (and I do not mean to be arrogant, but seriously that was unbelievable) I am far more cautious and would rest Cazzor, Jack and Theo (or put Cazzor and Theo on the bench) but play the rest of the 1st team.

    On the other hand, because of the big game on Tuesday, maybe your team is the best after all —– on the other hand being pragmatic, I do not think we will beat Bayern over two games — so maybe my idea is best — or ………………..

    As you can see I am in several minds!!!!!!! 😀

    Anyway, good on you WG, and keep up the good work!!

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