Friday, February 26, 2010

Stoke V Arsenal - Playback or Payback?

Arsenal are hoping to fire their 400th away Premier League goal under eccentric
Manager Arsene Wenger, as they brace themselves for a hostile
reception at the Britannia tomorrow.

The Gunners last visit to the Britannia ended in a sour note as they
were humbled by the Potters 3 - 1 to send them packing from the FA

Arsenal already have the bragging rights as far as Stoke's Emirates
ventures are concerned, but the reverse is the case as Stoke with the
help of a red-hot Jamaican and a flame-thrower have beaten Arsenal at
the Britannia twice in the last 18 months.

General Wenger, who has succumbed to Colonel Pulis's missile throwing
attack twice, will be eager to stop his elevation when he leads his
(sometimes) valiant troops to battle on Saturday.
The General will be counting on his side's impressive shooting
accuracy, while his comrade will dwell on his side's ability to break
quickly and Sorensen's shot-stopping prowess.

Who's Available?
Abou Diaby (knee injury), William Gallas (calf injury), Andrey
Arshavin (hamstring injury) they won't be available for the trip to Stoke.
General Wenger's squad might be lacking in depth, (no thanks to
injuries) but as usual he has a returnee - Eduardo who hasn't played
this February is 80% fit.

Stoke will miss the services of Mathew Etherington and Danny
Higginbotham, but Colonel Pulis will be consoled by the return of
Abdoulaye Faye and Andy Wilkinson.

The importance attached to winning this tie by both gaffers is crystal clear.
Pulis will do anything to remain unbeaten this year.
Wenger will equally not live to see that happen, as it will be
detrimental to his title aspirations.

Go on Gunners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Take what you can at the Britannia and ensure you give nothing back.