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HUGHTON'S NOTES

Posted on 21 April 2006  - 12:00

Chris Hughton gives his regular assessment of our forthcoming opponents - next up, the big one at Highbury...

Chris Hughton gives his regular assessment of our forthcoming opponents - next up, the big one at Highbury...

PUNDITS are guessing how Arsenal will approach this one and our opinion is that Arsene Wenger will play a very strong side.

This is a club that is used to playing a lot of games and even though people might think they make a lot of changes, they’ve actually had a nucleus there of seven or eight players that have played most of the matches.

If you look at the last couple of seasons the goalkeeper, back four, midfield with Ljungberg, Pires and Vieira up until this season, has stayed pretty consistent. Henry doesn’t miss that many either.

If any players picked up knocks against Villareal on Wednesday they might not want to take chances but I expect them to be very strong.

Flamini has done very well at left-back and he’s been a find for them in a position that they’ve had a lot of injury problems in with Cole and Clichy. He’s not just fitted in but done well in that role. Eboue has also done well and the fact the younger players have fitted in so well is generally down to the system they play.

They have Toure, Senderos centrally and we don’t know if Sol will be fit or not – it was certainly suggested in the media that he would miss out.

Across midfield they have options – I’m certain Gilberto will play and Fabregas has had a wonderful season and they have scope in the wide areas with Hleb, who looks a good player and the likes of Pires and Ljungberg.

Up front, Bergkamp still shows great quality, Reyes, Van Persie and of course Henry. He looks forward to this game so I’m pretty sure he’ll play.