Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Gameweek 8: Arsenal to continue dominance.

After 7 weeks, top of the league, scoring in every game, Arsenal is likely to be on top by the end of gameweek 8. Liverpool are tied on points with Arsenal which might continue to be the same for another week. Let's take a look at the upcoming fixtures:

Saturday October 19 - Day 8
19 Oct, 12:45Newcastle UnitedvLiverpoolSt James' Park
19 Oct, 15:00Stoke CityvWest Bromwich AlbionBritannia Stadium
19 Oct, 15:00Swansea CityvSunderlandThe Liberty Stadium
19 Oct, 15:00Manchester UnitedvSouthamptonOld Trafford
19 Oct, 15:00EvertonvHull CityGoodison Park
19 Oct, 15:00ArsenalvNorwich CityEmirates Stadium
19 Oct, 15:00ChelseavCardiff CityStamford Bridge
19 Oct, 17:30West Ham UnitedvManchester CityUpton Park
Sunday October 20 - Day 8
20 Oct, 16:00Aston VillavTottenham HotspurVilla Park
Monday October 21 - Day 8
21 Oct, 20:00Crystal PalacevFulhamSelhurst Park

Norwich at home. Not guaranteed 3 points for Arsenal but I can't see Arsenal dropping points in this fixture. Liverpool will be playing Newcastle away, which is a little tricky. Arsenal, however, do not need to worry about that. Three points is all they need to continue their dominance in the league.

There are some injured players who could return this weekend. Bacary Sagna, Santi Cazorla, Theo Walcott and Yaya Sanogo expected to be fit. Maybe not fit enough to start but it is good news anyway. Mesut Ozil was subbed off for Germany on Tuesday due to an injury but it is not serious. He is expected to start against Norwich. Aaron Ramsey will be available and he comes back after scoring again. This time for his country. He just can't stop scoring. Podolski is still a few weeks away from full fitness. So, no new injuries for Arsenal.

Aaron Ramsey scored a late equalizer for Wales on Tuesday.

Olivier Giroud had a decent game for France as well, scoring some wonderful goals. Nicklas Bendtner scored a couple for Denmark. The only thing that can hurt Arsenal right now is complacency. You can never afford to get complacent in the Premier League. 

Expect Cazorla to be on bench if he is available for selection. Arsene Wenger would not risk starting a player right after he returns from an injury, quite rightly so. With all players fit, Wenger can consider rotation in the midfield. This will make it easier for Arsenal to handle some midweek fixtures. 

Expected squad: Szczesny; Jenkinson, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Gibbs; Flamini, Arteta, Rasmey, Wilshere, Ozil, Giroud.

Prediction: Arsenal 3-0 Norwich.

(Written by Mugais Jahangir)
(Twitter: @mugaisj)


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