Arsenal Vs Birmingham Preview

Muhammad Umar Jawed@@MUJAWEDCorrespondent IOctober 15, 2009

LONDON - APRIL 26:  Cesc Fabregas of Arsenal celebrates with his team mate Emmanuel Eboue after Fabregas scored the second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Middlesbrough at Emirates Stadium on April 26, 2009 in London, England.  (Photo by Hamish Blair/Getty Images)

Arsenal are well and truly on a roll. The combination of the midfield trio of Rosicky, Arshavin, and El Capitan Fantastic have reinvigorated the football we were playing. Next up, Birmingham, who bring with them some unpleasant memories. Birmingham, who are bit out of form and as the game is at the Emirates, we should not expect anything less than a victory.

Eduardo would have loved to put that Birmingham nightmare behind him, but he is injured, sadly. RvP and Cesc should be fresh enough. Rosicky and Arshavin will play the international midweek and hope they dont get injured. Nasri and Fabianski wont be in the squad in all fairness. 

I expect the team that started against Blackburn to start again. Eboue might be given a go at RB instead of Sagna. I hope Wenger does not go for squad rotation and replaces the better players only after a comfortable lead. Wilshere and Ramsey should get a chunk of the game if we are comfortable in the game. 

The Brum are not good travellers and will park the bus and stifle the midfield. We should be wary of them and not be complacent. That would cost us. We should start with a high tempo, get the early goals and put the game to rest. I hope we keep a clean sheet. IMO, it will be a decent 2-0 to Arsenal. Best of Luck

Previous Arsenal Result
Arsenal-6 Blackburn-2 (H)

Previous Birmingham Result:
Burnley-2 Birmingham-1 (A)

Arsenal Man to Watch: Robin Van Persie

Birmingham Man to Watch: James McFadden

Venue: Emirates Stadium, London
Kick-off Time: 15:00 GMT, 7:30 PM IST, 8:00 PST
Capacity: 60000 approx.

My Prediction
Well, my prediction that the Blackburn game would be a close one went horrendously wrong. But I had assumed that Blackburn would bring a defense with them, which they didn't. Four full backs made up their back four, which made it a little easier for us, albeit we were very good.

I don't need to assume anything with Birmingham, because I KNOW they will bring a defense. They're a solid team defensively and it will be a very nervy half hour if it stays 0-0 (or worse :|) after 60.

That said, I think we'll win it. An early goal and a late one. 2-0 to us with Arsha and Rvp on the scoresheet.


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