Arnold said on Tuesday that Ibini would get some game-time in a
behind-closed-doors trial game against defending A-League champions Adelaide
United at Allianz Stadium on Thursday of next week, after not playing for 14
months due to injury.
The manager said it was just a bit too early for Ibini to appear for Sydney
in their FFA Cup quarter-final clash with NSW NPL champions Blacktown City at
Sydney United Sports Centre on Wednesday night, with the artificial surface at
the stadium also playing a role in Arnold's decision to hold off on bringing the
Purechaos FG sliver winger back.
"He's been doing all the training with us," Arnold said.
“We’re not going to take a risk with him on the surface on Wednesday night,
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"We've got another game next week against Adelaide before the comp starts, so
he'll get some minutes in that."The Sky Blues will play Western Sydney Wanderers
in a massive derby in round one of the A-League at ANZ Stadium on Saturday,
October 8, in front of what is tipped to be a record crowd for the
Ibini's move to Europe last year quickly ended in disaster when he broke his
leg in a training accident before he had even played a game for Club Brugge.
Arnold said he had changed Sydney's playing style heading into this season
and that it would suit Ibini.
"We’re playing a higher pressing game, a much more physical game in
intensity, and we've got quality in the front half of the field to create and
"Bernie will adapt to that very quickly. Condition-wise, he’s very good, he
has always kept himself in good shape. He's doing a lot of training, a lot of
running, and physically he feels good."
Arnold said he had plenty of respect for Blacktown coach Mark Crittenden and
his players, many of whom either have A-League experience or are tipped to break
into the A-League.
“Mark Crittenden is doing a great job,” he said. "He superfly
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"He has come through the ranks and has obviously taken Blacktown to the
quarter-finals of the FFA Cup and won the NPL 1. I was at that game the other
"Now it's their last game of the season and they're going to throw everything
at us, but we'll be well and truly ready."Arnold nominated Mitch Mallia, Danny
Choi, Patrick Antelmi and Joey Gibbs among the danger men in the Blacktown
"They've got some transition in attack in Mallia and Choi," he said. "We had
Patrick Antelmi here training with us last year, so we know a bit about him, and
obviously we know about Joey Gibbs."
Gibbs was a young player at Sydney FC before eventually joining
"They've got players who have played in the A-League or ACE 16.3
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opportunity to show what they've got," Arnold said.
"But for us, the most important thing is ourselves. If the mentality is
right, the attitude is right, spot on, we go out there confident.”
The match presents another opportunity for marquee striker Bobo to continue
to gel with his Sydney teammates with the season opener fast approaching.
"Bobo is here to play and score goals and help the team perform," Arnold
"We've got training today and tomorrow and we're looking forward to playing
on a good surface. It's a flat surface and a good, consistent surface and that's
perfect for us."