Posted on Friday, 20th April 2012 by Tony Merakli
So having been beaten by relegation threatened Wigan the other day, we have the tough task of getting back on track and overturning our London rivals Chelsea, who recently beat Barcelona in midweek, tomorrow afternoon at The Emirates.
Needless to say, with four games left to play and sitting just five points ahead of both Tottenham and Newcastle and seven in front of Chelsea, with all three teams still with a game in hand over us, this is undoubtedly a massive game for our side.
Both Arsenal and Chelsea are in good form going into tomorrow’s game, with the former picking up a total of 12 points in their last six Premier League outings, while the latter has racked up 11 points from a possible 18.
Chelsea will undoubtedly have their tails up, having smashed Spurs 5-1 in the FA Cup semi final last Sunday and narrowly beating Barca at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night, and will more than likely have to beat the Gunners if they wish to claim a top four finish come the end of May.
The last time these two sides met, Arsenal bagged all three points with a superb 5-3 victory. This was our line-up that day:
Djourou Mertesacker Koscielny Santos
Now of course a few names on that team sheet are either out-of-form or are being overlooked (Aaron Ramsey and Gervs), and two are currently out injured (Per Mertesacker and Mikel Arteta. But the spine of the side remains available for selection tomorrow afternoon.
With a win a must, Arsene Wenger has some massive choices to undertake, especially in midfield.
This is the line-up I hope to see when I switch on for the game:
Sagna Koscielny Vermaelen Santos (Gibbs if fit)
With Arteta apparently out and Ramsey receiving stick from several Arsenal fans, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain should be given the nod. He has expressed his desire to play in the centre of midfield and this is, in my opinion, the perfect stage to show us what he can do in this position.
That’s how I would set out the team, but probably Mr. Wenger has other ideas.
Who do you guys reckon should start for us against Chelsea tomorrow afternoon?
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