Staying balanced, staying focused. How (& whom) to play ahead of Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
Arsene Wenger’s first try in Europe’s 2nd tier, like everything he does as leader at the club that bears his name–was it really named in his honor?–is fraught with peril. If he rests too many, the result could be at risk. If he plays anybody Gooners demand rested, the would-be-Wenger’s will predict doom for Sunday’s match. I expect big rotation tonight, maybe even a full new first 11, ahead of bigger fish to fry. Speaking of fish, here’s a guy who probably would have started but will be absent due to his hamstring injury. Check it out. Frozen in blurred action, he actually looks like a fish…
All kidding aside, we wish Francis Coquelin a speedy recovery. He will be missed tonight and needed as the season continues.
Here’s my predicted starting group with some big ol’ question marks. Please help me fill in the blanks
Of course, the actual names I’ve listed could (also) be wrong. Who should start and why? Any insider knowledge of Bottom-of-the-Bundesliga Cologne? Do they put out a strong squad to try and jump-start their season or do they (too) rotate heavily to try rest their biggest names? And whom might those big names be if Lucas Poldolski has not yet returned for a 3rd stint at the club? As with the Gunners, Koln’s squad players might see this as a chance to show their stuff and move up into the starting 11 for Bundesliga play.
OK, there you go. Follow us in the comments as line-ups come out and the match is played. I’ll be back then…