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Team Predictions: Arsenal v Barcelona


Written by Chris Wheatley

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Arsenal can boast the services of William Gallas in defence for tomorrow’s crunch clash against the European Champions Barcelona.

The Frenchman has made a surprise recovery after missing the last 8 games with a troublesome calf injury. Despite the 33-year-old lacking match fitness, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has hinted that he may give a rest to veteran defender Sol Campbell.

“Gallas is in the squad,” said the manager at Tuesday’s press conference. “I have not picked the team yet but he has a chance.

“He looks physically quite good. He has had three days training and I will now have to have a chat with him and then decide.

“But,” he added later, “Sol Campbell has played many games recently and a little breather would be welcome.”

Meanwhile, Cesc Fabregas has a “40 per cent” chance of playing tomorrow because of severe bruising, although Andrey Arshavin and Samir Nasri have recovered in time from small knocks.

Gooner Talk’s Predicted Starting XI

Almunia
Sagna – Gallas – Vermaelen – Clichy
Diaby (Fabregas) – Song – Nasri
Eboue – Bendtner – Arshavin

We’ll post the confirmed starting line-up when we get it tomorrow evening.

Let us know your score and team predictions in the comments section!


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nikos
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nikos
6 years 2 months ago

Almunia
Sagna – Gallas – Vermaelen – Clichy
Diaby (Fabregas) – Song – Denilson
Nasri – Bendtner – Arshavin

alth
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alth
6 years 2 months ago

Almunia
Ebuoe – Gallas – Vermaelen – Clichy
Diaby (Fabregas) – Song – Denilson
Nasri – Bendtner – Arshavin

olajide yomi
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6 years 2 months ago

The selection is not bad, but i pray dt fabregas fit & he pair diaby in dt attack, arshavin & nasri from flank then bendtner to strike.

pete smith
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pete smith
6 years 2 months ago

Almunia
Sagna – Gallas – Vermaelen – Clichy
Diaby – Song – Nasri/Fab
Eboue – Bendtner – Arshavin

W
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W
6 years 2 months ago

I really don’t think Diaby will be the one dropped if Cesc isn’t fit, that wouldn’t make sense at all.

Almunia; Clichy, Vermaelen, Gallas, Sagna; Song, Diaby, Cesc; Eboue, Arshavin, Bendtner

Paul
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Paul
6 years 2 months ago

Almunia
Eboue – Gallas – Vermaelen – Clichy
Diaby – Fabregas – Song
Nasri – Bendtner – Arshavin

Aaron
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Aaron
6 years 2 months ago

If Fab
Almunia
Eboue – Gallas – Vermaelen – Clichy
Diaby – Song – Fab
Nasri – Bendtner – Arshavin

No Fab
Almunia
Eboue – Gallas – Vermaelen – Clichy
Diaby – Song – Nasri
Rosicky – Bendtner – Arshavin

Ezra
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Ezra
6 years 2 months ago

Come on Eboue ahead of walcott or Rosicky is jst stupid why how many assists or goals has he got to his name to even consider him there? What i see when he plays on the wing is a lost player getting in positions he shouldn’t be, atleast walcott gives the team width but does eboue really do seriously? You want to win this game go for pacey wingers thats ARSHAVIN and WALCOTT.

Aa23 (norwegian gooner)
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Aa23 (norwegian gooner)
6 years 2 months ago

Think your line up is spot on Gooner Chris… Messi likes to switch sides and generally gets at the defence either side of the pitch, so if he sould try his luck on our right side he will be nailed by our two RB’s. If Fabregas is fit however i’m sure Nasri will get the nod ahead of Eboue at RW.

Erenvp
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6 years 2 months ago
guys how bout this Almunia Eboue-gallas-verminator-clichy Fabregas-song-nasri Rosicky-bendtner-arshavin or it could be just with nasri in rosic position with diaby playing I think we need all ourgreat players to play and get a comfortable lead to nou canp
Makuti timau
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6 years 2 months ago

It is arsenal4-barca0

Stone
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Stone
6 years 2 months ago

I think Diaby will start, no matter what, if he is fit. I’m not so sure about Gallas with him not having played a game yet and Wenger hinting yesterday that Campbell would play. I think we’ll have Diaby, Cesc and Song in midfield, Arshavin, Nasri and Bendtner up front and if Cesc doesn’t make it then Nasri will move to midfield and Eboue take his place on the right.

bade the gooner
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bade the gooner
6 years 2 months ago

We have 2 possible line-ups, one with Fabregas & the other is without him

Almunia
Eboue-Gallas-Vermaelen-Clichy
Fabregas-Song-Diaby
Arshavin-Bendtner-Nasri
Subs: Fabianski, Campbell, Walcott, Traore, Sagna, Eduardo, Rosicky
used subs: Sagna for Nasri, & eboue gets to right forward, Walcott for Eboue later on, Eduardo for Bendtner

without Fab
Almunia
Sagna-Gallas-Vermaelen-Clichy
Nasri-Song-Diaby
Eboue-Bendtner-Arshavin
Subs: Fabianski, Campbell, Walcott, Traore, Denilson, Eduardo, Rosicky
used subs: Walcott for Eboue, Eduardo for Bendtner

We will snach a tight win either 1:0, 2:0 or 2:1

Jesu
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Jesu
6 years 2 months ago

Arsenal will go for a more defensive unit. Fab will play

Almunia

sagna – Gallas – Vermaelan – Clichy

——–song———-denilson——

————–Fabregas————–

Nasri——–Bendtner——–Arshavin

Diaby, walcott to come in if barca scores. Denilson is absolute key, if he plays to his true potential, we’l have a big, BIG chance. period.

fraster
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fraster
6 years 2 months ago

We will win 2-0 (Arshavin & Bendtner)and starting XI will be:
Almunia
Sagna – Gallas – Vermaelen – Clichy
Diaby – Fabregas – Song
Nasri – Bendtner – Arshavin

an arse worth having
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an arse worth having
6 years 2 months ago

If ‘Makuti timau’ is right there are going to be no sober Gooners on Thursday morning, or for the rest of the week come to think of it.

arsenal786
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arsenal786
6 years 2 months ago

if fab nt fit enough 2 start den

almunia
sagna-gallas-vermaelen-clichy
rosicky-song-diaby
nasri-bendtner-arshavin

more dan enough creativity in rosicky 2 cover 4 cesc.

Latin gooner
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6 years 2 months ago

Unfortunately that muppet Almunia will be in goal
Sagna-gallas-vermalen-clichy
rosicky-song-fabregas-diaby
nasri-bendtner-arshavin
I’d cesc isn’t fit wenger will drop nasri in the middle and put eboue in nasri place on the wing
score 3-1 to the arsenal

Eric
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Eric
6 years 2 months ago

Almunia
Sagna – Gallas – Vermaelen – Clichy
Rosicky – Song – Denilson
Nasri – Bendtner – Arshavin

I believe that if Cesc is reasonably fit, he will come on early in the 2nd half, probably for Rosicky. Likewise for Diaby, who I would see replacing Denilson, though I would love to see him start.

Merse-10
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Merse-10
6 years 2 months ago
Diaby will start no matter what the fitness of Fab. If Fab misses out then i’d expect Nasri to fill in and carry on his good form. Nasri will also start even if Fab is fit but where he plays is dependant on Fabs fitness. Whilst i’d like the creativity of Asharvin i’m not sure we can cope with his reluctance to ever make an effort to get back. With Messi raiding down that side it may be worth Eboue to play left-side with Asharvin on the right or if Fab is fit Nasri on the right. Also possibilty of… Read more »
Ramen Noodles
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Ramen Noodles
6 years 2 months ago

Diaby has to start, period. The way to beat Barca is to retain more ball than they do, and make better use of it. For this reason, Diaby has to be played. He, Nasri, and Fab will be our most important players tomorrow.

ole
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ole
6 years 2 months ago

A litle bit of the subject, but it has to be said!!!

Brilliant!!! Real junior league football by Evra at the end, men against children in the second half. Hope Rooney is out for a long time, should have been sent off anyway. Cheers!!! Bayern vs Shit 2-1

simon
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6 years 2 months ago

maybe dey should starte mannone in net again

simon
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6 years 2 months ago

eboues best pos is attacking wing back in me view

simon
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6 years 2 months ago

olic tore through manure today evras a muppet

Gooner49
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Gooner49
6 years 2 months ago

Almunia
Eboue – Gallas – Vermaelen – Clichy
Diaby – Song – Rosicky
Nasri – Bendtner – Arshavin

1 – 0 for Arsenal

db14
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db14
6 years 2 months ago

i dont think gallas should start. hasnt played in a while and will not be on his game. campbell should start and get him on zlatan.cancel him out. and cesc should start no matter wot. wasnt fit for the villa game but came on and dominated. i think this is the big one above the league.
almunia
eboue-campbell-vermaelen-clichy
cesc-song-diaby
nasri-b52-arshavin
think the ones at the game need to make the emirates a fortress tonight and get behind arsenal.like arsenal man u last season even tho that didnt turn out great.we needa do it again.

Gunningooner
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Gunningooner
6 years 2 months ago

Almunia
Eboue-Gallas-Verminator-Clichy
Nasri–Song–Diaby
Arshavin-Bendtner-Eduardo

Its amazing how most of these players (esp. eduardo and eboue) do better on the international stage than domestic.

C’MON GUNNERS, FOR AARON RAMSEY!

Damon Knight
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Damon Knight
6 years 2 months ago

I’d like it like this:

Almunia
Eboue–Song–Vermalen–Clichy
Nasri–Denilson–Diaby
Arshavin-Bendtner-Eduardo

or if Cesc is playing:

Almunia
Eboue–Song–Vermalen–Clichy
Nasri–Fabregas–Denilson–Diaby
Arshavin–Eduardo

Drew Reid
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Drew Reid
6 years 2 months ago

I’d Like To See

Almunia
Sagna-Campbell-Gallas-Clichy
Arshavin-Fabregas-Song-Nasri
Eduardo-Bendtner

Biggy
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Biggy
6 years 2 months ago

So why do you think that Diaby should be on the bench if Cesc is fit? In he midfield, I will pick Diaby and Song before anyone else! That is with or without Cesc playing.

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