So what did I learn last night? Trick or treating in a kebab house when you have no trick is basically a demand for free food. It doesn't go down well. You still have to pay your £4 like the rest of the rabble.
Someone who certainly wasn't paying for their own kebab last night was Theo Walcott. Fresh off the back of a kebabtrick two nights ago, all the talk is around his unsigned deal and whether or not he deserves the right to a more central position.
I'm not a massive fan of Theo in general, I don't think he shows enough consistency and I think he really lacks technically against teams that have a bit of tactical nous. However, you can't argue against the goals he's scoring at the moment. You can't argue against the impact he's making every time he's coming onto the pitch. You also can't play Gervinho when he's injured, even though I'm sure Wenger will try.
I'm still not sure how Wenger is going to play Theo through the middle. He doesn't have the physical presence to play as a loan striker. It almost feels like there needs to be a change of formation to accommodate him. Perhaps he could play off the Giroud? That would require going back to a more traditional set up which might leave us exposed by not having an extra midfielder. Whatever happens, it seems we'll need to do something to accommodate his ambitions of becoming a striker soon otherwise he'll leave and likely go to a rival.
Isn't it amazing how well people play when a contract is on the line?
I'm interested to see what the manager has in store for the United game at the weekend. They played out a long winded high scoring game at Stamford Bridge last night which included a number of players that could be considered for the first team. Hopefully a bit of mental and physical fatigue will have set in. Amazing how serious both of those teams took the competition. They knew full well that giving a rival team any hint of an advantage could have negative ramifications for their team. We need to take that approach with cup matches. I know we beat Reading, but we nearly embarrassed ourselves (we certainly did in defence) because we put out a weak side. Wenger needs to take all competitions seriously because we're not in a position to be snobby.
A win at Old Trafford puts us within touching distance of United, and really, they're the club you need to stay in touch with across a season. A loss, well, that pretty much kills off any hope we may have had of competing for anything other than fourth. Arsenal need to progress this season, I think a win away would be signal that we're improving.
We'll have a pretty strong side on show for the game. Our defence, for all the criticism it has face, is still the best in the Premiership (unless I'm going blind, we've conceded 6). We'll have a had a week to work on tactics and we'll have Sagna back in for his second game. Our midfield should be running the socks off United. Wilshere, Arteta and Cazorla are a match for anyone. A front 3 of Giroud, Theo and Chamberlain is a pretty scary prospect. On the face of it, there's no reason we can't take three points.
What do you think?
Anyway, there's not much else going on, so I'll leave it at that!
Have a great day!