We’ll start the day with a quote from Arsene Wenger.
“I’ve been long enough in the job to put that into perspective as people who love the club, who are really disappointed on Monday morning and get their frustration out. We have to live with that.
“It doesn’t mean they are not ready to change their mind if we win the next game.”
Well, can’t deny that, win the next 10 games straight and look, minds will be changing left, right and centre. Such a shame this comment is part of the Wenger ground-hog comments we’ve had over the years. They seem to come earlier as he disappoints earlier.
Today, we have a nice home game against a West Brom, they’re sitting pretty in 8th after losing two of the their last 4 and winning the other two. I’m trying to dig around for interesting stats on them, but they’re hard to come across (though this story on Rondon was pretty good). Tony Pulis is all about sustaining quiet average. Never pushing for glory, never winning cups, never threatening to inflict the league with a brand of football, so fine, Wenger and Pep jump ship for immediate tutelage. Imagine that being your legacy? Bland and average…
Anyway, he’s been a thorn in our side enough times to worry about today. That said, we’ve had a few days off since our last shameful performance against City, we’ll have pumped some energy into the legs and hopefully a few of the players receiving PLAYSTATION 4 VR HEADSETS WILL HAVE THEM PUMPED ABOUT LIFE AND STUFF.
I also might be going a touch ambitious here, but Tony P is strategic when it comes to hoovering up points. He understands that he has a small squad and he’ll know the chances of him doing anything against us today are remote, so we might see a bit of a rotation so he can have fresher players for Southampton and an easy 3 points against Hull. Not that we should bank on that.
Hard to predict beyond the favoured 11 today. Aaron Ramsey featured in the training pics that are floating around the web but I’m not sure he’s going to be ready. The coach said the Ox will be back soon, so he might be out from there… so the starting 11 feels pretty simple to predict.
Bellerin Kos Gabriel Monreal
Theo Sanchez Iwobi
I think I’d be looking at giving Gibbs a bit of a run after a few pretty bad games for Monreal. I’m not sure what’s going on there this season, but he’s gone from looking a total warrior to a man who is struggling to deal with that loss of pace that happens at 30 years old. Alarming whatever it is, but we don’t really have a great back up option. There’s talk of Wenger jumping for Valencia full back Gaya, but I’m not sure if that’s for now or in the summer. Whatever the deal, we need to do something about that because the second half of the season is going to be far harder for us and you can bet your bottom dollar Bayern have scouts sniffing out our weaknesses as we speak.
Amusing reading the Telegraph from the other day, Jose Mourinho wants to buy a whole new defence as well as add Antoine Griezmann to his starting 11 (£300m). You don’t even need to be a good coach when you’re him, just throw enough money at the problem, which is crazy money, and hope that’ll fix it. I don’t understand what the board at United think about Ed Woodward. What is he doing over there? I understand that signing big names is part of the deal, but does every player have to cost £35m? Feels like very little thought goes into what they’re doing over there. But hey, great fun if you’re a United fan.
Right, that’s me done. Enjoy the game today, see you in the comments!