With Thomas Vermaelen's appeal being denied, and the injury to William Gallas, Arsenal have a centre back injury crisis. With 4 games in 10 days, it's going to be an issue.
Against Birmingham, Sol Campbell must start. He, unlike Mikael Silvestre, can control a defence, and help Alex Song, who is inexperienced at centre back. Arsenal must think about Birmingham before Barcelona; as Arsene Wenger said "one game at a time", and winning the league is more realistic than winning the Champions League game. Also, Vermaelen is back, and rested against Barcelona, and has 2 options for his partner: Either Sol Campbell can recover in time (he has 3 days) or Alex Song has to be drafted into defence again, while Denilson will play in his role.
Sol Campbell is the first choice defender, and in all 13 Cup Finals, he must play in them.
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