It was so cold this morning, my touch screen began failing recognise my fingers. I hate winter and all it stands for. The football keeps me going and tonight is no exception as we take on Olympiacos over in Greece.
The only two players starting from the weekend will be Santos and Vermaelen. Whether Vermaelen will play is debatable. This could be a game for Miquel and Squillaci at the back with Yennaris slotting in at right back.
Midfield will probably contain Coquelin and Frimmers anchoring with Benny pulling the strings. Wenger has been talking about the pros and cons of Frimpong. Possibly a gee up before he moves out on loan.
“I love his raw enthusiasm,” remarked the Frenchman. “The only problem is to keep him on the right track. Like every generous guy, you don’t want to see him lose that. He’s a real fighter. You would love to go to war [alongside] Frimpong.
“But he also has to use his energy in a positive way because sometimes too much energy can be a handicap.
Very true Mr Wenger. Still, every manager would prefer to have enthusiasm over a total lack of it… ala Denilson.
The Front three will most likely be made up of AOC, Park and Chamakh.
Now this is either a game will win at a canter or one of this that will remind us of the difference in attitude between the fringe and the first. Andrey will be key for us tonight. Not because we need him to be spectacular, more because his presence and attitude of late has left us looking like 10 men. He’ll likely be with us until at least June. He should start pulling his finger out. He’s the biggest waste of talent since Nik B’s ego left the building.
The star man tonight will be AOC. He scored in the first leg and put on an excellent attacking display, though he was guilty of failing in his defensive duties. He’ll be the man opening up the Greeks and I’d comfortably say he’ll be our most potent attacker. Big praise for one so young.
Chamakh is in the last chance saloon for me and I’d suspect with Arsene. His partying won’t have escaped the ear of the management team and his lack lustre displays won’t have impressed anyone at the ground. He’s got to play like he means it or take the easy route out to Paris.
Wenger made an off the cuff statement to the press indicating that if he could put all his money on one striker, it’d be the Brazilian Neymar. Though not claiming he’s better than Pele he did indicate the talent was there.
“If I had the money today, I’d put it on Neymar. You can’t say that Neymar is Pele as he had won the World Cup by the age of 17.
“He has the potential to be one of the future great strikers but at the moment there’s a big difference between the Brazilian league and a European league.”
The Brazilian has been doing incredible things domestically and he’s weighed in Internationally. In 135 appearances over 3 seasons, he’s scored 79 and bagged 18 assists. He’s one of those sure-fire bets to be a superstar. Like buying a house in Holland Park… the chances of losing value are low.
Wouldn’t it be amazing if Stan heard Wenger’s plea? He really would make a statement with a purchase like that and my god, wouldn’t the sponsors approve, like a crowd of happy seals.
Also, as a fan, when I read that headline endorphins rushed to my head like I’d just been given a £40k payrise. Football is about excitement, we haven’t had much of that on the transfer front. This would make up for 5 years of Silvestre like surprises.
Anyway… Enough from me, who would you start this evening? Drop a comment below!