Arsenal have been drawn against Sunderland in the 3rd round of the
League Cup. The match will take place on the 5th or 6ht of November.
As for tomorrow's preview at Highbury, the latest on
Thierry Henry is that he will undergo a fitness test in
the morning to assess his availability for the game.
Arsene Wenger has said he is optimistic, but won't risk
Henry if there's any doubt.
Bergkamp and Parlour are both still injured, but Freddie Ljungberg has been able to train normally so is over his
midweek migraine attack. Cygan continues in place of Keown.
Sunderland will be missing Michael Gray, Kevin Phillips, Emerson Thome, Stephen Wright, Jason McAteer and Joachim Bjorklund, all
Thomas Sorenson will be between the sticks having been
rested for the League Cup win over Cambridge on Tuesday.
Matt Piper and Stephen Wright should also return to the team.
But Kevin Kilbane is a major doubt with an ankle problem picked up against Cambridge.
Peter Reid has been saying in the press how he was on his
feet clapping the Arsenal when watching them take
Leeds apart last week. Regarding tactics for tomorrow, he says,
"I might tell the lads to go and play with gay abandon. Last year I said 'Arsenal start ever so quick so lets keep it tight' but when I looked at my watch in the directors' box at 3.04pm we were already 2-0 down. Joking apart though, they are often 1-0 ahead after five or six minutes so we have to start as quickly as they do."
Even with Phillips injured, Sunderland have more attacking options these days thanks to the signing of Marcus Stewart and
Tore Andre Flo. But the bookies have them at 16-1 for the win,
thought to be the longest odds in Premiership history.