This big news ahead of this game is of course the injury to Bacary Sagna and we’ll miss him. Carl Jenkinson is expected to slot in and hopefully he’ll play a lot better than he did the last time he played. Since then he’s had some playing time with the England under 21′s so fingers crossed he’s a lot sharper. I really like like Jenks and I think he’s going to be a big player for us one day and he seems one of these players who the more he plays, the more assured he looks.
With Sagna suffering a thigh strain, Jenkinson will get a couple of matches under his belt before we head out to Italy. The Napoli fixture is one which could see the return of Lukas Podolski as he returns to ‘normal’ training tomorrow. That’s a huge boost for our attacking force and it could actually mean that Arsene Wenger will think about resting Olivier Giroud.
Everyone else from the weekend is fit and healthy although Wenger has hinted he might rotate players:
I rotate considering the level of fatigue. We have some indications – my eyes, some objective data.
With Everton, Napoli, Manchester City and Chelsea all up next, we may see one or two changes tonight.
Hull have Curtis Davies missing tonight through suspension which is good news for us after his man of the match performance against Liverpool at the weekend, James Chester is expected to play in his place.
On paper this is a fixture we’d be expected to win. Liverpool probably thought the same before they kicked off at the weekend however, we all know what happened there and the Hull City players will be up for claiming the scalp of another top four side. Sorry, I mean, the top side in the Premier League.
But, we also had a cracking 3-0 victory over the weekend at a very difficult ground.
We’ve won the last five league fixtures at The Emirates and if we really want to be crowned Premier League Champions at the end of the season then we need to make our home a fortress…..