The Preview : Udinese vs Arsenal FC/ Are we a top 4 team ? :Posted: August 23, 2011
I am going to be honest here. If it was any other team I would not be bothered, and I would still have faith in this young Arsenal side. But after watching Udinese’s performance against us I have to admit we MAY NOT be playing champions league football this season.
We come off a Liverpool defeat which is very hard to take. And now we face an Italian team (which had more than 1 chance of scoring against us in London) at a ground in which they have had 4 losses last season 2 of which have been against Juventus and Roma.
I have heard about a few rumours circulating that if we do qualify for the champions league a few signings will be finalised. And that these deals are on stall because of the uncertainty over the fact whether Arsenal will play in the champions league or not.
If this is true then we surely tomorrow will be the biggest game of our ‘eventful’ season.
Gervinho is back for this match and so is Song. If Nasri starts, then I am sure he will not be going to City.
Probable line-up :
Udinese will NOT be an easy team to beat. Moreover the conditions under which we are facing them are also quite arduous. I saw the first game at the Emirates and lets face it – It was pretty ugly. As I said before the side looked drained of ideas, and our midfield was getting dominated by Natale and Co.
Now I know many Gooners who just refuse to believe that we WON”T qualify for the UCL, but the fact of the matter is that there is a possibilty that this may happen. And, if this does happen, I can’t wait for the post match interview of our boss. Oh, wait…isn’t he banned ?