Another United win makes the three points even more crucial today, but given the fact that Mark Hughes, an ex United legend and Wenger hater, the three points were always inevitable. Nevertheless, we can start narrowing down the 10 point gap and given our recent form a grandspanking performance wouldn't do us the world of harm either.
Following up from yesterday, Walcott and Sagna are doubt but Alex Song seems unlikely to be fit and is out. The good news is Cesc and Ramsey look fit to be in the squad with Cesc probably ready to start. Given these changes I think the most liekly line up would be: Almunia Eboue Koscielny Squillaci Clichy Wilshere Diaby Cesc Nasri Arshavin VanPersie
With Theo and Sagna replacing Arshavin and Eboue respectively if fit.
Looking back on last year and Eboue was probably a shoe-in to start this away game against lesser opposition whether he played RB or RW. But this year he has drastically backtracked and along with Denilson seems like a player that Wenger has lost faith in. This is compounded by the fact that we seem to have signed Carl Jenkinson from Charlton, a versatile fullback.
Rumours of a squad clearout are growing stronger as our bad form - one win in seven against Leyton Orient to be precise - carries on. I for one wouldnn't mind seeing Denilson, possibly Diaby, Almunia, and Arshavin -at a good price - leaving. But frankly, other than one or two heading for the exits and one of two coming in, i cannot imagine Wenger overhauling the squad - it's simply not his way.
3 points is a must - COME ON ARSENAL