Team News: Arsenal v. Olympiakos
Arsenal welcomes Greek opponents, Olympiakos, to Ashburton Grove for Arsenal's first 2009 Champions League group match in North London
Some interesting, yet unfortunate injury news was revealed yesterday. Our young Dane, Nicklas Bendtner, will not be involved in today's match because of a car accident. Thankfully there was no alcohol involved, and, besides a few bruises, nobody was hurt. Tomas Rosicky will replace Nicklas in the starting lineup. Arsene, also, reluctantly disclosed that Denilson will be out for a minimum of eight weeks with a fractured vertebra.
However, there is some good news. Theo Walcott played in a reserve friendly today against the Olympiakos reserves, so he will be back in contention soon. It is clear Arsene does not want to rush him back. Theo will be given a delayed, but proper preseason. Eduardo returns to the squad after recovering from a small problem that kept him out of the weekends match. Though, the Crozillian does not get a spot in the first eleven. Eboue comes in to give Sagna a rest, while Senderos replaces Silvestre on the bench.
Starting Lineup: Mannone, Eboue, Gallas, Vermaelen, Clichy, Song, Diaby, Fabregas, Rosicky, van Persie, Arshavin
Bench: Scczesny, Sagna, Senderos, Eduardo, Vela, Ramsey, Gibbs
The match will be shown on Sky (SSX) in England, and Fox Sports Net in the States.
Our next game is at home to Fat Sam Allardyce's Blackburn at lunchtime on Sunday.
Enjoy the match everyone. Cheers!