Middlesbrough v Arsenal: Match Preview

Venue: Riverside    Date: Saturday, 13 December    Kick-off: 1245 GMT aliadiere scoresArsenal Likely Line Up (4-4-2)

Eboue – Gallas – Djourou – Clichy
– Fabregas(c) – Song – Diaby
Van Persie – Adebayor

Subs from: Fabianski, Silvestre, Sagna, Ramsey, Wilshere Vela, Bendtner, Gibbs, G.Hoyte, Simpson

Injury doubts: Sagna, Fabregas, Clichy, Van Persie, Adebayor

Middlesbrough Likely Line Up (4-4-2)

Hoyte – Pogatetz(c)- 
Huth – A.
– Digard – ArcaDowning
Tuncay – Alves

Subs from: Jones, Emnes, Johnson, McMahon, Riggott, Bates, Grounds, Walker, Hines

 Injury doubts: Huth, Riggott, Hoyte, Taylor

Form Guide: Arsenal (4th) W9 D2 L5= 29 points   Middlesbrough (12th): W5 D4 L6= 19 points

Tactics Talk: Out of the five injury doubts Sagna has the least chance of playing for Arsenal. Arsene Wenger is likely to recall those that missed the defeat to FC Porto as the Gunners try to get three Premiership wins in a row since winning the first four matches of the season.

The full back area is where Middlesbrough are most weakest so the lack of natural wingers may mean this area is not exploited as much it could be. In central midfield Didier Digard is relatively inexperienced in the English league and may find the passing and movement, if the Gunners get it right too much. Van Persie will once again be key in achieving this by dropping in the hole.

Middlesbrough will likely start as a 4-5-1 with Tuncay reverting to the left of midfield to deny Arsenal space and then counter on the break with Aliadiere’s pace and Tuncay’s industry. The Gunners will have to find a way past the defence better than in Portugal and therefore Adebayor’s presence in the air could be crucial even against Borough’s tall defenders.

Eboue Booing- Wenger’s fault?

Listening to Arsenal fans who booed Eboue it seems it was out of pure frustration at the lack of title challenge and the Ivorian typified this as he is seen as an average player. When he first played at right back fans thought he was arguably the best in the Premiership but his performances in midfield has changed his image.

Arsene is the man who is tasked with signing players and some have become disgruntled by the Frenchamn signing young and inexperienced players. The move to the Emirates has affected his budget and the best we can do is support the club and criticise aswell to improve but the public booing was unacceptable. However Arsene needs to acknowledge the team needs to be stronger and trust should be placed on him to do so.

Arsenal Key Man: Cesc Fabregas   Middlesbrough Danger Man: Tuncay Sanli 

Prediction: Middlesbrough 1-2 Arsenal


6 thoughts on “Middlesbrough v Arsenal: Match Preview

  1. almunia
    sagna gallas djouru clichy

    denilson gfabregas song diaby

    van persy adebayor

    this is the team for sure.
    we must win and we win.but hopefuly we can score earlier so we can perform our game as we usualy do.

  2. I’ld go for

    Sagna – JD – Gallas – Clichy
    Wilshere – Cesc – Song – Vela
    RvP – Ade

    We arent going to win the title baring a miracle transformation and because Wenger wont buy the necessary players in January. So why not start playing Vela and Wilshere in the league. Its better than Denilson and diaby wide.

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