Tonight is a super massive exciting tie against the topsy turvey Scousers. They're actually less consistent than us which kind of leaves me with more worry than if we were playing a better side. If you've taken time out to watch Brendan Rodgers new outfit this year, you'd know that even when they've been beaten by better sides, they've often played better football. He's instilled a system at Liverpool, he just doesn't have the staff to make it work. Steven Gerrard can't play the short passing game, so he's having a tough time and all around the team there are gaping holes they've tried top fill with mentally weak youngsters...
Sound familiar? (that's Arsenal of 3 years ago, now we have mentally weak senior players)
Players to watch out for are the more senior chaps. Suarez, Sturridge are the obvious ones... along with Raheem Sterling, the most fertile man in Merseyside. Liverpool will be dangerous off the back of an embarrassing exit from the FA Cup. Will they pick themselves up and dish out a battering, or will they lay down and die in a youthful show of characterless rubbish. I'm hoping the latter.
Arsenal head into the game off the back of two wins. Theo and Jack will no doubt return to the side alongside Thomas Vermaelen at the back. The former two turned the weekends game around when they came on, hopefully they'll inject a bit of excitement into the first half tonight. Really, that's been our major issue of late... we can't get things off the ground early on and we suffer for it. We need to match our second half's with a decent first half showing.
There's been a lot of talk on Twitter around Arsenal launching a big PR surprise this evening... could it be Villa? Could it be Cavani? No... iiiiiiiit's... a SEASON TICKET PRICE FREEZE!
It works on many levels, the tempreture is freezing, so are the season ticket prices. They've done that to make the campaign memorable, like the time I used the word 'in-car-edible' to sell car insurance. It's great news though. Being from London, life is tough... I have to suffer £4.50 pints as a standard, my ciabatta based lunch costs upwards of £5 and the cheese counter at the Neal's Yard Deli isn't getting any cheaper. So I'm glad next season, I'll be paying the same for my ticket.
Other rumours about a major deal being announced don't have legs from what I'm told... unless it's someone like Diame. If that's your idea of a big PR story, f*ck me, you need to get out more. As much as I'd appreciate a body or two, the references from West Ham fans on the midfielder aren't gushing to the point where I'd see his signing as something pivotal in our season. David Villa has been told he's not leaving Barca... however, now that Manchester City are sniffing around, that might change. Someone coming to the Catalan's with big money could have an impact.
Wenger seems happy with his squad. When isn't he eh?
“As numbers we have enough. We have plenty of quality strikers. We could do with top quality, one more, but you have to find him.
“No [I don’t see it as a problem]. When you speak about ‘anyone’ coming in, I could just go out and buy anyone just to give people hope.
“What is important is that you bring in players who can strengthen your team, or you do nothing and are strong enough to do nothing.
“That is what is important for us, to bring in a player who can strengthen the squad. ‘Anyone’ to me means exactly what today the modern game has become.
Now, there are many things that bother me about the above quotes, but the main one is that we pay a scouting network to identify players for the manager to purchase if he needs them. Wenger is looking for a new striker and we've got to the end of June and the best the scouting network could come up with was David Villa? I mean honestly... I could have come up with that name! Where is the creativity? Where are the insightful purchases of yesteryear? Is Arsene really telling me that in the whole of Europe, there's been no one of suitable quality to bolster our squad?
Still, as far as I can see... the striking issue is a bit of a red herring. Giroud has 13 goals and 7 assists, Theo has 17 goals and 10 assists and Podolski has 11 goals and 11 asissts. I appreciate there's been a disproportionate amount scored in easy games, but for me, we're starting to click with our strikers. I remember when people said Adebayor's great season didn't count because he had 2 hat-tricks against weak teams. For me, the real weakness lies in the midfield. We don't have a box to box dynamo that will stay fit and we have very few quality options when it comes to rotation. Fellaini would be nice as would Capoue. Whatever happens this window, the biggest miss will be a game changing midfielder.
This whole transfer window has the hallmarks of world class PR. The build up was exceptional with Wenger getting his money spending face on declaring he'd recruit all over the park. From the leaked stories of a mega deal in the offing. To the three weeks we spent wondering if David Villa would be our saviour... to the final switch up... which was a price freeze on already mega expensive season tickets.
Let's hope this evening works out well, if it doesn't, I suspect chants of 'spend some damn money Arsene' will reverberate around the sterile walls of our stadium.
Have a great night this evening, also, check out my hilarious Vine video about being a digital Arsenal fan.. yeah, I'm social media to the max.