Tonight sees the arrival of back-to-back UEFA Cup winners Sevilla to the Emirates, which promises to be a fantastic spectacle.
Arsenal are in excellent form, unbeaten yet this season and have won six of their opening seven games. Sevilla on the other hand have had to cope with the shocking death of 22 year old Antonio Puerta which has inspired them to three 4-1 wins over Recreativo Huelva, AEK Athens and Getafe already this season.
I’ve managed to see Sevilla a few times during their UEFA Cup run as well as in La Liga last season and they are an impressive team, and probably along with Valencia are the threat against Barcelona and Real Madrid for the Spanish title.
The biggest news for Arsenal fans is whether Gilberto will start at the back alongside Toure, or if Arsene will bring back Senderos who has just come back from injury. The boss said he’ll decide today but as long as Senderos is match fit then you would have thought it was a straightforward choice, considering how Gilberto struggled being out of position on Saturday.
Ex-Spurs striker Freddie Kanoute has pointed out that they must stop Cesc tonight, which obviously makes sense with the form he’s in. You can see Sevilla targeting out Cesc for some special treatment so hopefully he can get through it and influence the game in our favour.
Tonight will see the battle of two top drawer sides, and it could honestly go either way.
It will be Arsenal’s biggest test yet this season, and will be good indicator of how far the young players have come this season.
For me, a win or a draw is more important for momentum more than anything else.
You would think that Arsenal and Sevilla would progress from Group H, so even if Arsenal did lose tonight it wouldn’t be the end of the world.
With our excellent start to the season, a win tonight would give us the best possible start to this years campaign and would be fantastic going into our next 3 Premier League games against Derby, Newcastle and West Ham – which if we managed to win would really turn up the heat.
But I’m confident Arsenal will continue their excellent form and take 3 points at home against Sevilla.
Just don’t ask me what the score will be!