Friday, January 28, 2011

Arsenal vs Huddersfield: Match Preview

After the hiccup at the Emirates in the last round, we certainly do not want a repeat of the lacklustre performance from the boys when they take on Huddersfield in the FA Cup fourth round tie on Sunday. We were lucky to get out of the third round and have a great chance of reaching the next round after being paired with League One side Huddersfield Town.

Managed by Lee Clark, the former Newcastle star, Huddersfield have been playing attractive football in the league and it would shock no one should they go all the way and win promotion to the Championship. Actually they would be better show concentrating their efforts on winning promotion so the FA Cup may be a distraction for them. On paper, the Gunners should roll over the Terriers especially at the Emirates and with the team playing so well a the moment. However, the lads should be mindful of that complacency should take rear its head on Sunday.

The good news for the Gunners is that we have most of our players back with Almunia, Diaby and Squillaci all scheduled to be part of the squad. It is a certainly that this side will be a much changed on from the team which beat Wigan in the League or Ipswich in the League Cup semifinals. You would expect to see Almunia back between the sticks after being losing his place to both Fabianski and Scezchny. Van Persie is another certainty not to make the squad as Arsene would definitely keep his prized attacker for the league matches. All in all, the Gunners should have more than enough firepower to blast opposition away and score another 3 goals in the match to keep the 3 goals a game record intact for the moment. A clean sheet would help as well.

It is a pity that we will not be able to see young Gunner Benik Afobe in action. Although Arsenal were happy to let him play against his parent club, FA Cup rules forbid youth players on loan to participate in a match versus the parent club under any circumstances.

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