All thoughts that Wenger might rest a few players ahead of tomorrow’s game with United have been cast aside: he’ll do well just to get a team out.
Almunia, Senderos, Sagna, Clichy, Djourou, Diaby, Rosicky, Denilson, Song, van Persie and Walcott are all likely to be out, while Cesc and Toure are doubts. Adebayor may still get a rest ensuring that much of our strength in depth is wiped out entirely.
It’s strange – so many of these players are out with slight niggles, so it’s anyone’s guess who might be back for Milan next week. Only Denilson and van Persie may not be back within a fortnight, but with a few having muscular injuries you never know how long they’ll be gone.
To be honest, I’m going into this cup tie with the same attitude I had ahead of the Spurs Carling Cup semi – it’d be fantastic to win it, but a defeat really wouldn’t be the end of the world. Ferguson is even suggesting that he’ll rest a few too, although I imagine Ronaldo will play and give Traore the biggest test of his young career.
It promises to be an entertaining affair, as a replay is the last thing either team needs, so the BBC are likely to see a result. United have to be the favourites.
Elsewhere, Alisher Usmanov has reportedly upped his stake by a nominal amount to 24%. With the lockdown agreed, and Kroenke seemingly against him, he’ll struggle to add much more than further nominal amounts, so I’m not convinced we should be too worried about this move. That said, the man clearly isn’t easily discouraged.
You may or may not have heard about how his team of lawyers took a series of Arsenal related sites offline for bringing up questions about his past some time back. If not, take a look here. It’s clear that we don’t want this man anywhere near our football club, and the good news is he isn’t getting anywhere fast.
The football is more important, as success on the field brings resistance to change off it. With that, enjoy the game tomorrow.