UEFA Champions League Preview: Arsenal, Diaby, Walcott, Vermaelen, Everyone Out!

John SmithCorrespondent ISeptember 14, 2010

BLACKBURN, ENGLAND - AUGUST 28:   Abou Diaby of Arsenal in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Blackburn Rovers and Arsenal at Ewood Park on August 28, 2010 in Blackburn, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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In about three hours we've got a sexy little tie with a bra.

A remember the last time I saw a sexy little tie with a bra together...it was in the red light district in Amsterdam...Ba dum chissh...

But seriously, we've got a clash against Braga from Portugal who won the league last year despite competition from perennial winners Porto and Lisbon. They also knocked out Sevilla who are a very, very good team beating them at home and away if I'm not mistaken.

They are no clowns, and no pushovers, but realistically at home, opening up the competition, despite our copious number of injuries, should be a game we win...quite handily.

Speaking of our silly amount of injuries, Paul Robinson did manage to accomplish his feat of putting Abou Diaby out, although he was unlucky in not getting his name in lights for the best impersonation of Martin Taylor 2010-2011. Poor guy.

Diaby will be out for at least two games says Wenger. I wonder if that just means he's taken a really nasty knock on his shin and he's got a bruised bone, it doesn't seem that there is any ligament, tendon, or soft tissue damage, so I hope to see him back as soon as possible.

That means Wilshire will probably continue in midfield acting as our kind of box to box man, with Song shielding (although against Bolton you would have been forgiven for mistaking him as a No. 10, and not just because of his flamboyant hairishness, but because of his well taken goal and rampaging runs forward against the Battlers).

Nasri is probably still a couple of days/weeks/centuries away from full fitness, and I'm quite happy for him to rest up as long as possible. The team is playing well right now, and you should fix it if it ain't broke.

Anyone see Wilshire's pass against Bolton for the first goal. Magic stuff. Paul Scholes 2 anyone? He's even got the tackling down...

Other big injury news sees the Verminator miss another game with a bummed Achilles which he injured in a 3-2 loss to the Turkish Delight in European Qualifiers. Thommy hasn't duplicated his goal scoring exploits from early last season, but with a quick glance to our No. 5's Wikipedia page one can note that Thommy V has never really been a prolific striking CB, but lets hope that last year wasn't a fluke and that he'll back fit soon and banging them in like last year.

I guess that means that Toto Squillaci will get another hack at the piñata tonight, which is fine by me. He's got Champions League experience with three teams, and was pretty darn good against Bolton. In fact, his defensive performance was only overshadowed by Koscielny who was outstanding apart from his brilliant semi-assist to Bolton's token Korean.

So I guess we are up to eight injuries now or something.

Diaby and Verm, join Nasri, Nick, RVP, Djourou, Ramsey and...and...Joey McSmashfoot on the sidelines. Poor Joey.

That's all the news for tonight, I'm predicting 3-0 to the Arse with goals from Cesc, Chamakh Attack, and a first from the Jack Attack.

That's all for now folks,


PS. Check out my first youtube video if you like...not a bad tune...not sure about the quality of the cover though. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LvF7Fm97P-U