It's a big day and an early kick off for Arsenal fans. We're taking on the erratic talent over at the Bridge and anything less than 3 points will be a disaster in the race for the top 4. It still pains me that I have to talk about top four as our main goal these days.
Team news is hard to come by, as far as I can tell, there's not much to talk about. Podolski might not play which I think is great news if it involves keeping the same line up as the other night. Cazorla works well out wide, and a midfield trio of Jack, Diaby and Coquelin has a balance and discipline we've missed most of the season. I really love having Diaby back, even if it's only for a month. I still can't believe we don't possess another midfielder with similar traits...
Giroud will suit a game like Chelsea as the central striker, but the midfield and widemen have to give him ammo. Good delivery into the box is essential of we're going to make an impact of any sort today. Hopefully we can see a clinical game from the aggressive Frenchman. His fortunes are certainly due a turn... He's starting to play a more pivotal role in our game, I've certainly noticed his involvement levels increase over the last few games he's played... even coming off the bench.
I'm looking forward to seeing what Theo can do today. He played a shocker last week against Swansea.... will he lose his confidence and have another bad game or will he show some maturity and justify the big boy wages he's been granted?
Wenger has called for aggression. Something he's made a habit of stamping out of the side over the years. Teams aren't scared of us and referees certainly don't worry about us playing up. That gives bully boys an advantage. I don't think we get knocked around as easily as we did a couple of years ago, but we certainly don't have a winners nasty streak about us. You can inject that if you have an aggressive winner manning the ship. Or you let Steve Bould have a say... Little things like crowding out the ref or defending your team mates in packs have a massive impact on decisions. It's not nice to watch, but why do you think all the best sides do it?
I've no idea what to expect today. If we win, kiss goodbye to any dreams of inbound players. If we lose, don't get your hopes up.
Either way, enjoy it and I'll catch you for the write up tomorrow.