Let’s win a cup – Ipswich-Arsenal Preview and Odds

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Jan 112011

Hi folks. It’s a busy night for Arsenally Yours so it’ll be a brief preview for tomorrow night’s must-win game.

And must-win it is. The tie is held over two legs, and this first one is away at Portman Road, but we can’t leave ourselves in the same position we are with Leeds, i.e. another difficult game to add to the schedule. A win, and a good win will put us in a strong position when they come here in a fortnight. We’ll want to be able to field a weaker team then. It’s much better to win the semi-final in one game than over two.

I frankly don’t know what Ipswich Town’s team will be and I won’t speculate. As for us, I expect the Djourscielny partnership to continue in defence, with Eboue and Gibbs as before. In midfield, I’d like to see Song, Cesc, and Wilshere, but I imagine we’ll see Rosicky and Denilson in the side. Let’s hope we getter a better performance from those two.

I reckon AW will keep faith with Bendtner, Chamakh and Arshavin. I’d like Theo to start. He hardly starts these days and Ipswich would be a great place for him to have a full run-out.

As for the odds, it’s hardly worth putting money on an Arsenal win. With the best price at 2/5 with Ladbrokes, it’s a bit of a disappointment to be honest, especially after our no-show with Leeds. I’m in for 4-1 with Sky Bet at 20/1. As for goalscorer, I’ve plumped for young Jack to hit the net any time at 9/2 with the same firm.

Shame upon shame upon shame. As if Leeds wasn’t bad enough, our reserves really showed the first team how it’s done by losing 10-1 to Aston Villa. Yes, ten one. Unbelievable. Reserve Coach Neil Banfield has said it’s a disgrace. It’s worse than a disgrace. I’ve lost some matches by some quite heavy margins, but 10-1? Honestly.

Let’s get some more bad news out of the way. Here’s Arsene with injury news on our crocked centre back partnership, Squillaelen.

So Squillaci out for 2/3 weeks, and another set-back for Thomas Vermaelen. Call me pessimistic but I’m not hopeful that we’ll get good news on Wednesday re Thomas. Fingers crossed though.

In some more cheerful news, Thierry Henry is back at the club – although only in a training capacity. I wonder whether there’s more to this; I hope after he’s finished his spell across the pond he’ll come back to us in a coaching role. One can only dream.

There’ve been some rumours that we might sign Sol for defensive cover. That gets a 9 on my bullsh*tometer, frankly, and that’s classified as 95% purest Pamplonian Bull Dung. I really can’t see us using a player that Newcastle released. That said, he’s got experience. But no, I don’t think that will happen.

In the video above, we heard AW says he’s looking around. We’ve got to sign someone, let’s sign another Vermaelen. Just not a crocked one.

Arsenally Yours,