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Team Predictions: Arsenal v Wolverhampton

Arsenal go into tomorrow’s match against Wolves with almost half a team injured.

Five of the players who drew with Barcelona on Wednesday will be missing. Cesc Fabregas has been ruled out for the season, while William Gallas and Andrey Arshavin both have calf strains.

Coming off the back of Wednesday’s 2-2 thriller, Gael Clichy and Denilson are also doubts ahead of Saturday’s match.

“At the moment, we are like an army who have come back from a big battle,” he said. “We have some bruises but we need to recover and then go to the next battle. Who will be available for the next one? I have to wait 24 hours more.

“William had a recurrence of his calf strain. That is at least three weeks. The next one is Arshavin – calf strain, three weeks.

“Gael Clichy is struggling with a back problem. He might need a breather as well. I don’t know yet, we will assess that tomorrow. Denilson has a groin problem, we will assess that too.

“The first three are out, Clichy and Denilson are ‘possibles’ to play at the weekend.”

Gooner Talk’s Predicted Starting XI

Almunia
Sagna – Campbell – Vermaelen – Silvestre
Rosicky – Song – Denilson
Walcott – Eduardo – Vela

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

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

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Dan
Dan
10 years ago

He’ll play Traore at Left back.

Ben
Ben
10 years ago

Was just about to say why would you get the line up on a friday afternoon, but realised it’s just gone midnight 🙂

John
John
10 years ago

Why no Diaby?

Davi
Davi
10 years ago

Eboue has to play! He has to play all our remaining league games and should really start in the 2nd leg. When will wenger realise his worth? Whether at fullback or midfield hes a handful for opponents offensively and defensively. Id play eboue at RB against wolves to let him attack from deep and in midfield at the nou camp. Use theo off the bench again in that game, I dont believe this one good performance proves he deserves to start big games for us. Hes shown he can scare barca from the bench, but if we start him we… Read more »

mojo
mojo
10 years ago

@Gooner Chris: i agree diaby, nasri, clichy , eboue , TV, campbell, bendtner all should be rested and give walcott to gain confidence in the wolves game so he can be ready for barca next week
my line up vs barca:
Almunia
sagna TV Campbell clichy

diaby song Nasri

walcott Bendtner Rosicky

tried and tested
tried and tested
10 years ago

Might aswell call up the reserves,as far as trophy’s go this season we are done…..

Michael
Michael
10 years ago

Arsene needs to be careful who he picks other wise West Ham and Hull will probably complain about us playing a weakend team lol

Davi
Davi
10 years ago

@tried and tested: We’re not done. We’re well in both competitions. They’ve got to go as far as they can. You never know, sometimes the loss of big players makes others come out of their shells cos they know they cant rely on cesc or whoever to bail them out. Diaby, song, rosicky, nasri, bendtner, theo, clichy, eduardo, denilson – these are incredibly talented players, but I dont think we see the best of them that often, in some cases at least I think because they do rely on cesc and others to take over. If they can step up,… Read more »

Gooner Dev
Gooner Dev
10 years ago

Almunia
Sagna – Vermaelen – Silvestre – Traore
Diaby – Song – Rosicky
Walcott – Eduardo – Vela

We need Campbell, Nasir and Bendtner well rested for Barca!

I think we should bring out some of the youths in the second half! If we have Song as a DM we will have great cover at back and can kill the game of early and rest key players for Barca!

I think it will be 2 – 0 maybe 3 -1

arsenal786
arsenal786
10 years ago

clichy deserves a rest afta his great preformance against barca.
hope dat vela starts has a start havent seen him ply in along time. we need all 3points against wolves n we need 2 hammer dem 5-0 to keep up wiv da goal diff.

true gooner
true gooner
10 years ago

rvps return has now become more important than eva nw

Daymee
Daymee
10 years ago

I think Walcott starting at Camp Nou will inhibit Barca. Remember they will be fielding a make shift defence-heart (CBs) so it will bw key to have a goal threat, someone who Barca fear. Walcott’s pace will disturb any team and I think he should play the full 90 at the Nou Camp. The last thing Barca need is a winger who can outrun any of their defenders. Even if Theo is not getting any service,he is still a threat. I’d give Theo a licence to run and a free role in the 2nd leg

GoonerGaz
GoonerGaz
10 years ago

Loving the new theme Chris, a million times better!

EDIT: well there was a new theme, but returned to the default theme, must have been ‘mobile theme’!

yusriaffandi
yusriaffandi
10 years ago

Enough if we can grab 3 point… just enough 1 vs 0, or 2 vs 0. We needs WIN, WIN, WIN, and WIIIIIIIIINNNN

true gooner
true gooner
10 years ago

i think dat vela shud b given a chance at da nou camp as well as theo hez gt alot of pace which can trouble the defence of barca n hez gd at crossing n we all kno he can finish!

Ricky
Ricky
10 years ago

What happened to NASRI ?

kay
kay
10 years ago

the team is down to bare bones now .my starting eleven will be
almunia
eboue campbell vermalaen/silvestre traore
diaby song nasri/merida
walcott bendtner eduardo/vela
cos we may need to give some of the players that played 90 min on wed some breather

Nik
Nik
10 years ago

Almunia
Sagna Campbell TV5 Traore
Song
Rosicky Nasri
Eboue Eduardo Vela

Bench: Merida, Bendtner, Silvestre, Walcott, Fabianski, Diaby

Fred
Fred
10 years ago

I like ur article guy, but i preffer……..alumina, cambell, vermellen. Sagna, clinch, song, merinda, abou, nasri. Dudu, bentner. so d rest we on bench UP GUNNERS

Fred
Fred
10 years ago

I like ur article guy, but i preffer……..alumina, cambell, vermellen. Sagna, clinch, song, merinda, abou, nasri. Dudu, bentner. so d rest we on bench UP GUNNERS i predict ARSENAL 3 WOLVE 1 TILL WE SEE NEXT TIME

Soham
Soham
10 years ago

Almunia

Sagna Vermaelen Campbell Silvestre

Diaby Nasri Denilson

Eduardo Bendtner Rosicky

Subs: Fabinski,Eboue,Song,Clichy,Merida,Vela,Walcot

Score 2-3 quick goals so as to kill off the match and then subsitute nasri for merida, bendtner for vela and diaby for walcot/eboue.

Clode
Clode
10 years ago

something its wrong because we have the most injured players in the league arsene needs to change something this is frustrating…

jay
jay
10 years ago

Nasri will start in the Cesc role and I would be very surprised if Bendtner was rested. Don’t think we’ll see a front three of Walcott, Edu and Vela either: who would hold onto the ball? Eboue usually plays at the Emirates so Ithink he’ll start alongside Sol, TV and Traore. Diaby needs to put Wednesday behind him so he should play in midfield with Samir and Song. Walcott, Nik and Rosicky will be upfront. I could see Eduardo starting in Rosicky’s place though, but think Traore will probably need some cover. Vela on as a sub? Perhaps. Merida may… Read more »

Oliver
Oliver
10 years ago

team vs Barcelona
Alumnia
Sagna Campbell Vermaelen Clichy
Nasri Song Denilson
Walcott Bendtner Eboue

team vs Wolves
Almunia
Eboue Campbell Vermaelen Traore
Diaby Song Nasri
Walcott Eduardo Rosicky

Segzygunn
Segzygunn
10 years ago

I think we don’t hav problem apart 4rm poor manager dt refeus 2buy 2cover up..a good manager hav this set of talented young footbals solvrin for only 1 or 2 stronger world class players to make there dream com’s trugh… wit only £25m should kno there we be problem if he didnot answer…
Barca is better than us bcos they buy som clasic players to back up there youth
for wolvs
sag..silve..tv..taor
diaby..song..merida
ebue..benth..nasri
the 3MFD ar strog enough to cover d Defence
Sub: waclt/ebue, rosky/nasri, vela/merida or edu/benth

chris
chris
10 years ago

i think vela will at least get on for the last few minutes, i can see rosicky-bendtner-walcott starting.. with perhaps diaby-song-denilson/merida in the middle and a back four of eboue-campbell-vermaelen-clichy

damstar
damstar
10 years ago

i think diaby, nasri, clichy, campbell,bendtner and rosicky should all be rested well this weekend…since we playing at home, it shouldnt be dat dificult to beat wolves at emirate….with this team we can even battered wolves….
i will go for this team against wolves:

almunia
sagna vermaelen sylvestre traore
denilson song merida
walcott eduardo vela
subs: eboue, eastmond, rosicky

Goonerdan
Goonerdan
10 years ago

clichy and denilson just confirmed in squad…not a chance that we will rest as many as gooner chris has predicted…The league is our best chance of silverware and with united playing chelsea it will be pivotal to ouyr hopes to win this game….team will be….

———almunia———
–eboue—campbell—tv5—clichy—-
———song————–
——diaby—–nasri——-
-eduardo/rosicky—–walcott—-
——–bendtner——–

damstar
damstar
10 years ago

@goonerdan
where did u hear that both clichy and denilson will be in the squad?..i can bet it with u that clichy, diaby, nasri and bendtner will not feature in this game..

Toma
Toma
10 years ago

Wenger said on press conference that Clichy and Denilson are ok but it doesn’t mean that they will be in the first XI

Goonerdan
Goonerdan
10 years ago

Leboss said it in his press conference today…They are both fit and available for the squad…He has said that sol will play and confirmed the game will need 100 per cent focus and tha the league is still a priority of the club….

i will take that bet…i think that bendtner may be rested for eduardo and clichy for traore but diaby and nasri will defnitely play…

damstar
damstar
10 years ago

@ goonerdan…..is a good news if both clichy and denilson are fit….but thinking ahead for the barca game, it is not a good idea to risk diaby and nasri against wolves..esp diaby bcos we know that he is injury prone and he will be needed badly against barca if we are to have any chance against them and also nasri especially now that arshavin and fabregas wont be availble for a long time..so we must try to use nasri with caution from now on until the season is over….campbell should also be rested bcos i think song did better against… Read more »

cescy football
cescy football
10 years ago

im going 4 almunia…

eboue….campbell….vermealean….traore

song

rosicky nasri

walcott vela

eduardo

Goonerdan
Goonerdan
10 years ago

@ Damstar… I would agree that due to injuries the importance of keeping our better players fit is now more important but ask yourself this…If Cesc was fit do you think he would play tomorrow vs Wolves…the answer is absolutely yes…Arsene takes each game as it comes and although i think there may be a couple of changes i.e. in the full back areas and up front i do not think there will be a lot…

As for Sol arsene has said that he will play tomorrow vs wolves..I think he will also star vs barca…

damstar
damstar
10 years ago

yes of course if cesc was fit, he will play aginst wolves since he has already be banned for the return leg…yes i agree with u that clichy really need to be rested tomorrow..traore should come in….as for sol, fingers crossed…but with the injuries we got now, we have to make use of this squad carefully so that we wont get more injuries in the future..especially nasri and diaby i will keep stressing it nasri and diaby must be used with caution as from now on till the season is over cos we have no more arshavin and fabregas…any long… Read more »

damstar
damstar
10 years ago

did anyone know wats going on with djourou? we really need him so bad at this stage of the season especially with gallas out for the season….

Goonerdan
Goonerdan
10 years ago

Djourou most probably wont play this season…On the up side RVP should be back for the last 3 or so games!

damstar
damstar
10 years ago

yea i think van persie will be targetting the man city game so bad…him and arshavin will play that game and hopefully we are still in the title race at that time…we are really short at the back right now..if we can get someone like djourou or gallas available for the remainder of the season i will be so happy even without cesc….i read that wenger said on february 4 dat he is still two months away and now is two months but we dont hear anything about him…i wish those press can ask wenger wats going on with djourou…

caligunna16
caligunna16
10 years ago

i think that for the wolves we should play:
———-almunia———
eboue–tv5–silvestre–traore
———-song———–
walcott—nasri—-rosicky
—–bendtner—-diaby
with vela, eduardo and denilson coming on

for barca we should play
——–almunia———
sagna–campbell–tv5–clichy
——song–denilson——
rosicky—nasri—-diaby
——–bendtner———

walcott on at half time for rosicky, eduardo for diaby and, vela for denilson

fraster
fraster
10 years ago

Our starting XI will be with remaining players, after that terrible Wednesday (battle) match, better said, an XI with our bench players, like Vela, Silvestre, Traore, Eboue, Rosicky, and maybe Fabianski….Anyway we will win 2-0 at least, waiting for a draw between ManU & Cheski (I’m sure that ManU is able to win that match…)
If Arsene doesn’t care of Vermaelen & Song, we will lose next match against Barca before kick off…

sam
sam
10 years ago

Almunia
eboue sol vermalen clichy

denilson song diaby

Theo eduardo rosicky

mojo
mojo
10 years ago

we are not the only and certainly not the last team to suffer injuries like this, look at how united went through when their defense was wiped out, no vidic,ferdinand, oshea, we can do the same thing,but we just got to take one game at a time, i am sure that walcott will score the early goal at nou camp.

UkraineGunner
UkraineGunner
10 years ago

First, why is everyone putting deni and song to start in midfield together, we don’t need 2 D-mids there. Second, if we don’t win against Wolves then our season is fucked, therefore we can’t rest all our best players. The small chance we have of beating barca won’t be decreased that much if nas or sol is unavailable, however if we loose song, we’re deffinitely done. Anyway I got nasri, bendy, walcott, deni, rosicky or vela, verm and eboue to start, rest clichy and maybe song (or play him at defense which is easier physically then DM). That should be… Read more »

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