With the final game of the season so close at hand, Arsenal have a great opportunity to rest a few regulars in order to prepare for the FA Cup final against Hull City in a week’s time. With many non-starters gearing up for at least a cameo appearance in Sundays clash, we should all expect to see a youthful and untried gunners lineup. Here are players to keep your eyes on for the gunners on Sunday.
The Swedish international has played a fairly subdued part for Gunners since arriving in January; however, with so many players looking to receive rest this weekend, it is the perfect time to let the playmaker show what he can do. Kallstrom is a veteran player with great skill both on and off the ball. His vision is top class and can place a pass with the best of them. Look for him to hold a deep line and connect well with wing type players who could make a run on behind the Norwich defense.
With the season so close to being finished, it could be a great time to let the oft injured midfielder get his playing legs back. After missing the entire season with a harsh leg injury, Diaby thought about hanging up his boots and stepping away from the professional game. This game could be the catalyst needed to propel Diaby back into a pre-injury form. Diaby is generally a forward pushing midfielder; however, look for him to play a deeper role letting the game play out in front of him so as to acclimate himself back into match-speed.
With Arsenal’s leading goal scorer, Oliver Giroud, taking a weekend off to prepare for the FA Cup final, look for manager Arséne Wenger to play the youthful Sanogo up front. Sanogo has great pace about him and will work well with how Arsenal like to play. With the quick tempo passing and the ability to run in behind defenders, Sanogo could score his first goal for the Gunners in this last match day game.
With fourth place already wrapped up and a cup final on the horizon, Arséne Wenger will undoubtedly give his regulars a breather and let his “second string” play out the final game. Even though this match is in some senses meaningless for both clubs, those in the starting XI will bring their game faces. Final prediction: Arsenal 2-1 Norwich.