Eboue/Weakened side (the two points hopefully not related)

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Quick one this morning pre-Porto. Two things in fact:

– Eboue is certain to play and will get a fine reception. I hope he doesn’t get targeted again, especially at home, but let’s not forget the reasons why he was. As well as being clumsy, his was a passionless performance against Wigan and he needs to play his own part in his redemption too. If he gives 100% in every game then all will be fine. If he doesn’t then he shouldn’t be playing – and for every good performance from Eboue there has been an average one. That’s the backdrop for the booing, not one bad performance.

– I’m all for playing a ‘weaker side’ tonight if it gives us a better chance of beating Boro on the weekend. We’re through anyway, we’ve got some niggling injuries and I’m not sold on the benefits of coming top of the group anyway. If you come top of the group, all it means is you get drawn at home first and would get drawn against a team that came second in its group. If you want to proceed you have to beat the best so it’s neither here nor there to me. Wenger has said “We are not in a position where we need to take a big gamble on players to be out for three weeks.” Quite right.

Told you it was a quick one.


Arsenal since about 1979. Thick, thin and all that.