Oh here we are… North London Derby day dressed up as an FA Cup encounter.
9000 Spurs fans coming over to hang out in a fancy stadium. Could be carnage. Let’s hope it’s all about the game this evening. I’m excited about what’s on the cards.
So how are we looking squad wise? Well, Giroud might be about, though the illness bug has struck us again, for the 48th time this year (not to mention the ankle injury he’s probably telling staff isn’t as bad as it looks). Part of me wonders if illness is the new ‘Almunia finger injury’. Ozil might feature if he’s fit enough, again though, a massive doubt. If I were to take off my ‘we must win’ glasses… I’d rather risk this match and have two of our best players fit for the run in… than take any sort of a risk on their long term health.
Spurs, as predicted yesterday, announced Adebayor was fit. One of my girl pals told me a story about an exBoyf who used to start a massive row with her before her birthday… tell her he wasn’t going to see her… then after all the tears, he’d show up in the evening as a ‘surprise’… anyone think Ade had the same idea. Except no one really cared?
Anyway, he’ll be bang up for getting a red card nice and early on. So I hope our players are on the wind up.
‘Ade, you don’t need to steal the boys boots this time, the lads always leave your mum a pair when they pop round. Know what I’m saying? Yeah? Yeah?’
Would be the Sunday league angle my pals would be taking…
They’ve loads of injury issues as well. Their backline has been woeful at times this season, so hopefully we can capitalise on a bad day from them. Their midfield will boast the very talented Eriksen, a player many deluded Spurs fans have compared to Ozil. He’s good though and he’s more than capable of a killer pass / strike. But he’s not on the same planet as our German. No Paulinho, Sig or Hotlby. However, they have Capoue and Dembele available. Two solid players, if not slightly inconsistent players.
Their manager, self confessed Gooner, reminds me of a building site labourer who has just been handed the Spurs job. I half expect to see him covered in plaster board when he comes out. Amazing decision to employ him. I’m looking forward to seeing how long the form that was probably due under AVB continues. Not many totally inexperienced people come in an own an important job.
Our line up will be interesting. I’d imagine we’ll opt for Flamini, Jack and Rosicky with a front three of Podolski, Theo and Cazorla. I’d be tempted to go with Theo through the middle today… especially if Dawson, the slowest man to walk the Arsenal pitch since PHW, smashed out of brains, tried to race race Theo Xmas 2011 on the pitch in his pants, is fielded. He honestly can’t be any worse than Lukas was during the week.
The back four pick themselves. Rest Gibbs again, as Monreal was excellent. Mertesacker and Koscielny in the middle. The only major health risk we have at the back is Sagna. I don’t know if he’s redzoning, but he’s the wrong side of 30 to keep playing the games we’re playing him in. We can’t put Jenkinson in at the moment because he’s well below the required level at the moment.
Whatever happens, as long as we go all out for the win, I’ll be happy. No draws please. We don’t need any extra games for sure.
Arsene ruled himself out of a move for Berbatov. As I said yesterday, I think the £2m for a player who can leave for a free in June is too much for Arsenal. The thing that grinds my gears about this window, as happens in many windows of the past, is that now every single player is relevant to Arsene.
All this Nik B b*llshit is just that. Look, if he wasn’t good enough for the past 4 months. Why is he now a man whose ability is strong enough to block a move for a striker. He’s been perfectly fit the whole time and even last week, the manager prefered to play the obviously out of shape Lukas who doesn’t fit the lone striker role anyway.
Then he starts banging on about Sanogo being back in the squad. A player who 1) Looked totally garbage in preseason 2) Picks up more injuries than a hypochondriac on an ice skating rink 3) Has only just returned to the fold.
Now I’m not against Nik. I think if you gave him a run, motivated him correctly and trusted him… he could deliver. However, it’s still pretty clear we lack pace and a clinical edge.
We’re going to struggle to bring in Diego Costa. Mainly because if he does move, every club in Europe is going to be looking at him. The stories about Manzukic of Bayern seem fanciful. Buying in another Giroud who has been sidelined by Bayern because they’ve done what we want to do… purchased a world class striker,
For me, we need to stop messing around. We need a right back. We need an energetic centre mid like Cabaye. We need a striker with power and pace. If we do that, we can win the league. If we arse around until the close of the window, like we normally do, it’s questionable.
Give the squad a morale boost and kick them onto the league Arsene… this reluctance to do what is right is painful to watch sometimes. It took 8 years to make a splash on a world class player… and look what happened when you did? It took 6 years to bin project youth, and look what happened? It took 17 years to bring in a defensive coach to look after the back 5. Look what happened.
Hopefully this will be the January window he smells the victory… and goes for it. Shake off that cheque book and go big Arsene. This will cement your legend forever and it’ll make a great film / book / serialisation in The Guardian.
Right, that’s me done, have a wondrous day!
COME ON ARSENAL!
P.S. If you have any spares today, drop me a tweet as I have two Irish Grovers who have been let down on spares. (if you’re reading this, get down the Rocket / Tollington pregame, they often have spares going)