Liverpool away, always a big game but this is vital for both sides in pursuit of a title and CL spot (obviously only one of the two applies for us, sadly).
Team news, RVP and Adebayor are out with groin and hamstring niggles respectively. Eduardo and Sagna are back however Wenger isn’t sure if the right back will start. Personally I’d go for this tonight:
Sagna/Eboue Toure Silvestre Gibbs
Walcott Fabregas Song Nasri
However after the weekend’s formation and lineup controversy god knows what the hell Wenger will do. Possibly Diaby for Arshavin? Arshavin for Cesc? Mannone for Bendtner? Another concern is that it’s out of the frying pan (Drogba) and into the fire (Torres) tonight. The Scouse Spanish Talisman is in top top form at the moment, whereas Silvestre, well, erm, f**k……..
One thing we do know that this has the potential to be an absolute blinder. Two good attacking sides looking for a result, a decent surface and a loud atmosphere. Only thing that could ruin it is that Howard Webb is refereeing, so expect the usual decision in front of the Kop, probably a winning penalty in the 98th minute after Rafa trips over a water bottle in his technical area (oh yes, I’m still bitter after last season’s trilogy!)
Another thing of mention tonight is there will be two collages held up by the sets of fans before the start, honouring former Kop and North Bank legend Ray Kennedy, who sadly suffers from Parkinsons. Rumour is that he may be in attendance as well, fingers crossed. Please visit the Ray of Hope appeal site, which aims to raise enough funds to purchase essential equipment and services for Ray. Ray's illness has deprived him not only of his health but of his livelihood as he was robbed of the chance to make a living through the media or coaching following his retirement.
Obviously we’ll be in yellow tonight, we all remember what happened twenty years ago at Anfield. Lets hope for another Micky Thomas moment tonight!