You wake up with a stonking hangover, call your girls over at the Drip Doctors and you can’t land yourself a concierge IV drip tailored to bring you back to life?
Who the f*ck is Samir Nasri to be blocking the lines?
Absolute banter. The password ‘NasriisGOD’ clearly didn’t stand the test of safety. Needs to be jumping on two-step authentication in the future.
Anyway, back to Arsenal. We have a few days off now as the players spend time with their families having their late Christmas parties (NO BOOZE). Hopefully the boys will be enjoying theirs after a hard-fought three points at home. The good news is that January is actually an extension of the gifting season. No game is easy, but there are games that aren’t hide-behind-your-couch-scary-af, and 6 of those come this month.
- Palace (H)
- Bournemouth (A)
- Preston (A) (FAC)
- Swansea (A)
- Burnley (H)
- Watford (H)
Tidy, right? Then we have a bit of a nasty February, that starts with Chelsea (A), Hull (H), then we have Bayern (A), followed by Southampton (A).
How is Wenger going to play this month? Does he take the opportunity to rotate some freshness in so we’re able to compete with a Chelsea who have rest built into their schedule? Or does he go all guns blazing like he has been of late. Maybe the WBA game is a sign of a change of heart? Bringing Giroud back into the fold with a positive result could encourage him that there’s more than one starting 11. But will he have been encouraged by that performance?
I still think the biggest challenge Wenger faces with elite coaches is they know how he’ll play. There’s no surprise or invention and it was pretty clear the City knew what we were going to do and that we’d be incapable of changing it. Will we have a surprise for Conte?
There’s a bit too much unstoppable doing the rounds at the moment surrounding the blues. Tony Pulis said we had the stronger squad, can’t work out whether that’s a jab rather than a compliment, but either way I think it’s hard to disagree we have a very good team that’s capable of more than they’ve shown this season.
The big test of strength for Chelsea comes in January. Spurs away, Leicester away, Liverpool away capped off by starting Feb with Arsenal at home. If the wheels do come off, this is the best chance of that happening, because after that it’s plain sailing for them until April when the rest of their competition might be involved in tiring European games. You’d put your house on an ex-title winning team seeing it home at that point.
How the others look in January:
City have West Ham (A), Everton (A) and Spurs (H)
Spurs have Chelsea (H) and City (A)
Liverpool have Chelsea and United, but at least have to play a bunch of games with the FA Cup and LC to play for.
United just have Liverpool, which is a worry considering the form they’re hitting now the big guns are finally firing.
A big month for Arsenal to rack up some points while those around us play each other, a big month for the shape of the league as we see what the others are made of.