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Preview: Arsenal v. Olympiakos

Preview: Arsenal v. Olympiakos

Arsenal travels to Greece in the Champions League tonight, but you'd be forgiven if you felt like tonight was a Carling Cup fixture. In fact, this squad might be less experienced then the one that traveled to Manchester last week. In the squad we have a total of 10 teenagers, and I reckon 4 or 5 will start. Despite Olympiakos' own massive injury list, the Greeks will be liking their chances of progressing against the young side, much to Liege's chagrin.

Here is the 18-man squad: Carlos Vela, Theo Walcott, Aaron Ramsey, Alex Song, Mikael Silvestre, Jack Wilshere, Lukasz, Fabianski (GK), Vito Mannone (GK), Fran Merida, Kyle Bartley, Francis Coquelin, Thomas Cruise, Craig Eastmond, Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, Kerrean Gilbert, Luke Ayling, Mark Randall, Gilles Sunu

I suppose the starting eleven could be this:


Gilbert, Song, Silvestre, Cruise

Eastmond, Thomas, Ramsey

Walcott, Vela, Wilshere

JET and Eastmond being the Song-Denilson partnership, and Ramsey filling in for Cesc. Though, with Merida being locked in contract negotiations, I wouldn't be surprised if the Spaniard made the first XI. I just think we can't afford to throw on another attacking player. Anyways, Wilshere and Walcott have their work cut out for them. They need to help defend, but also provide ample support to Vela, because he was way too isolated against City.

The match will be on ITV1 in England and DirecTV in the States. Have a good week Gooners!

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Writer:Brice Coffer
Date:Wednesday December 9 2009
Time: 4:19PM


Reserve team captain, Kyle Bartley, could also start alongside Silvestre.
09/12/2009 16:40:00
Starting line up: Fabianski, Gilbert, Bartley, Silvestre, Cruise, Walcott, Song, Wilshere, Ramsey, Merida, Vela
09/12/2009 18:58:00
not too happy that Song is playing... should be a fun game though regardless!
09/12/2009 19:25:00
There was some kind of problem with JET's registration. So he's not even on the bench
09/12/2009 19:40:00
Aaron Ramsey is in a class of his own. That kid will be BIG, he looks miles above everyone else, he has to be ready to be a first team regular soon surely.
09/12/2009 20:30:00
Keplaz, I agree with you about Ramsey, but at the moment he tends to try and force passes, but I do like his ingenuity
09/12/2009 20:34:00
two more thoughts. Who knew Theo thinks he can hit FKs? and pool are playing most of their starters, including Dive Master Gerrard, which I feel can only be good for us.
09/12/2009 20:35:00
ALL I want is for Song and Ramsey to finish the game unscathed honestly.
09/12/2009 20:36:00
When I saw Theo hitting that freekick, I was wondering the same thing. I think he bullied the others out of it tbh, seniority kinda thing. I was hoping Fran would take it. And Ramsey is a real box to box player, he seems to be everywhere and Merida looks quite good as well. Is Torres playing for Pool, TPowell?
09/12/2009 20:43:00
I'm praying nothing happens to Song. Coquelin and Eastmond are on the bench aren't they? Hopefully Arsene tosses one of them in soon.
09/12/2009 20:44:00
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