Saturday, July 17, 2010

Barnet v Arsenal [The Bees and Arsenal name 17 and 22-man squads respectively]

What is it with Barnet Fc? I think they deserve the positive hype. Come on! Lets cheer up, The FIFA 2010 World Cup is over and gone for good. Since Pre-season is that particular point in time, where we get to see the new boys (if any) do their thing on the big stage, I don't expect the formality matches we are gunner be starring in to be termed "business as usual" especially against Barnet.

To be precise, we shouldn't equate the players overall performance based on their little travails or using the same old scoreline as the yardstick for measuring their effectiveness in the long-run. I'd like me some challenge, but remember the games have just begun lets enjoy ourselves, hopefully the forthcoming season will be full of surprises and we can resume our century-old hostilities with our under-achieving London cousins.

Arsene Wenger, has hinted that two of his new summer recruits "could" play a part in today's Pre-season kickoff match against Barnet at Underhill. And as usual, the likes of Samir Nasri, Kieran Gibbs, Thomas Vermaelen, Theo Walcottt, Eduardo da Silva and Jack Wilshere will definitely savour an opportunity to play a competitive match against our friendly partner once again.

As for Denilson, and Nicklas Bendtner, they just didn't have the patience to pass this Pre-season's litmus test. I hear they are doing great on the Arsenal's treatment table.
Meanwhile, the team's skipper Cesc Fabregas, is gunner be given some quality time off, maybe so he can finally arrive at an acceptable conclusion. The same goes for Robin Van Persie, who should be polishing his World Cup medal by now, I think he deserves a break - in fact, they both do! After all they made Arsenal and the Premiership in general proud at the just concluded Mundial.

Arsenal's probable line-up using simple logical analogy is certain to have a definitive edge over Barnet's. The Boss announced a team of 22-players for the short trip, while The Bees manager Mark Stimson's 17-man squad consists of 11 newcomers and only 6 first team players; Jake Cole (gk), Joe Devera (def), Mark Hughes (mid), Danny Kelly (att), Clovis Kamdjo (def) and Danny Hart (mid). Unlike Arsene Wenger, he hopes to feature a few trialists during the match.

Barnet's 17-man squad

Jake Cole, Joe Devera, Jordan Parkes, Mark Hughes, Darren Dennehy, Anwar Uddin, Rossi Jarvis, Glen Southam, Glen Poole, Ricky Holmes, Charlie Stimson, Sam Cox, Danny Kelly, Reece Yorke, Mark Byrne, Danny Hart and Clovis Kamdjo.

Arsenal's 22-man squad

Goal keepers: Almunia and Fabianski

Defenders: Koscielny, Djourou, Nordveit, Miquel, Gibbs and Traore

Midfielders: Eastmond, Barazite, Frimpong, E. Jay-Thomas, Henderson, Lansbury, Rosicky, Wilshere and Nasri

Attackers: Walcott, Arshavin, Eduardo and Chamakh.

A new opinion poll is coming up soon, it seems like a lot of Gooners believe in Chamakh's ability to deliver - endeavour to take a look at the ongoing poll's stats.