Good morning Grovers! A super quick one from me this morning as I'm attending a wedding today. Amazing how many people are selfish enough to book these things on the days Arsenal play? Don't worry though, I'll raise my concerns when delivering the best mans speech.
Onto the game today, we play host to a Swansea team who are more than capable of taking us on with deep lying possession football and attacking flair. Swansea joined the Premiership and showed you can survive playing the game in the right way, which had been a total breath of fresh air.
I've been told the referee for today is Clattenburg. It's his first game since the Chelsea accusations. The email i received suggested we give him a warm reception. 1) because he was treated in horrendous fashion by Chelsea 2) win some brownie points init?
Team news looks interesting, No Koscielny and possibly no Sagna. That'll mean a back 4 similar to the one that started the season so positively. It'll be good to see Jenks back in the side and it'd be nice to see if Vermaelen can have a respectable game at the back.
Up top, Gervinho is rumoured to be starting. Giroud picks up a rest after playing most of our games of late. Swansea aren't a physical team, so if there's a game suited to the Ivorian, it's this one. Which guy will turn up? The free scoring early season Gervinho, or the the one that struggles to stay on his feet longer than 13 seconds!
Today is about turning an unbeaten run into a wining run. The table doesn't lie and to be nearly into December and a million miles away from our rivals... well, it tells an all too familiar depressing story. Points mean prizes. The boys need to click today and someone needs to start shooting. You don't score if you don't shoot.
Before the game, there's a BSM march to the ground. It'll be interesting to see how well attended it is. Send me some pictures if anyone heads over there. I've met a load of the guys from the movement. All top chaps. I'm still not sure their purpose is clear, kicking greed out of football is like trying to kick fatty food off the McDonald's menu. Anyway, I'll never knock someone for doing something proactive if they feel its for the good of the club.
Have a great day!