Chamberlain starts, Vermaelen doubtful; big game news

Just a quickie today folks, with a little news leading up to kick-off at 4pm.

Perhaps a little surprisingly, The Ox is set to be unleashed this afternoon. The rumour broke on Twitter and appears to have been confirmed by his teammates wishing him luck. It’s certainly a ballsy choice from Le Boss, but with the poor performances of late from those ahead of Chamberlain in the pecking order, it’s not altogether surprising.

The main grey area is the position he’ll be played. Most – me included – would pick Arshavin as the player to make way and give us the pace of Theo and Chamberlain down the flanks – The Ox is also more industrious than the diminutive Russain, and with our paucity of full-backs he could offer greater cover to the defence. Others think he could start in the advanced midfield role in front of Song and Ramsey, but I think that’s a lot less likely.

The bad news followed soon after with Thomas Vermaelen having a very late fitness test and looking almost certain not to be risked. Thierry Henry should make a place on the bench, but won’t be included from the start.

We’ll know for certain in a few hours. Enjoy the game from wherever you may be watching it today, and thanks for reading, you beautiful bastards. There’s a comments section below for you to impress me with your knowledge, and my Twitter account is available for my ramblings throughout the game; @Puddleduck1978.


It looks as if The Verminator has come through his tests and will start. Henry, however, misses out.

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