Southampton, the team we beat 6-1 last week beat Villa 4-1 yesterday, and don’t forget Villa are no mugs, they beat us about 19 years ago.
I know that because I have a good mate that supports them and he often reminds of that fact. He also bets me every year they’ll finish above us and that my friends is all you need to know about Villa fans!
So the Premier League once again proved to the world there are many winners because any team can do you damage, on their day any team is capable of beating any team.
Look at the contrasting Blackburn games of last season for example.
A win today would put us in second place, we should only be thinking of 3 points because to be considered challengers we need to win these games and the last time we played them, we had a weakened side and yet still managed a win.
This is a great time to be playing them, their defence is crap, the confidence is dented by our old chums in Madrid and we are buzzing.
We have a lot of competition for spots all over the park, and we have Giroud, who will explode on the scene soon, so perhaps the hardest game so far is where he’ll do it.
Cazorla will have his own personal battle with Silva and Podolski will be keen to put the Argie strikeforce in its place.
The first 10 minutes will be crucial because they will throw the kitchen sink at us, then we’ll score on the break and they will fall apart, I can see it as I write, this will be our Jerusalem! Today has our name written all over it and we get to wear our home kit, though our socks may well be red.
There really isn’t anyone I would cringe seeing for the Arsenal today, unless it was Chamakh, Park or Squillaci and we all know that won’t happen so it’s happy days being a fan right now.
This might also be a game for Arshavin, not sure how fit he is but sometimes big games bring out the best in big players, and regardless of what he’s done in the past and what you think of him, he was a great player and that you don’t lose overnight.
At least we don’t have to suffer 4 – 18 year olds on the bench so I don’t really care who he does use today. Here’s what I think.
Chezzer (injury permitted)
Jenkinson Mertesacker Vermaelen Gibbs
Arteta Cazorla Diaby
Gervinho Giroud Podolski
I think he’ll choose Giroud for his height and Gervinho over Walcott or Chamberlain but as I said I wouldn’t have a problem if he had Arshavin and Oxo out wide.
This squad excites me with it possibilities but every player today needs to pull their weight.
Today Daniel enters the Lions Den and we need battlers not bottlers, for those of you who aren’t Christian and don’t know this heroic story, believe me in that the odds are against us and using bad language is neither big, nor clever.
Diaby once compared himself to YaYa Toure, brother of drug cheat Kolo. Well today Abou, you have your chance to benchmark yourself, do us all proud!
I’m going for a win today Grovers, but not an ugly one, a graceful and poetic one.
Today Arsene gets to find out if he has screwed up or pulled off the masterstroke of the season.
And don’t forget what I said about bad language. Go with God today people, I think we may need a little help up there!