Is Arteta an auto select when fit?

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So here we are. By hook or crook, what you believe, what you don’t believe… none of it matters now. What matters is nothing can change. Our squad is what it is. Out manager is who he is. So let’s talk what might happen…

Big game tomorrow is Manchester City. It’s the start of a monster run of about 10 really tough games. The importance can’t be under estimated. A spanking tomorrow could land us in an AVB spiral of negativity. No one needs that.

Good news is we have shiny new signing euphoria. Danny Welbeck is a big smile in the dressing room and the players will have the same relief as us that he’s joining the party and we don’t have to deal with Sanogo. The added zest here is that LVG has dropped some pretty harsh comments about his ability or lack of it. Comparing him to RVPs level is a bit embarrassing. I remember robin as a kid and he wasn’t much craic for a while.

Anyway, point is, it’s a lovely bit of motivation. A lot of people are comparing Welbeck to Sturridge. For me, bar being English and a bit underrated, I don’t really see it. I’d be more inclined to offer up Adebayor as the comparison. Two languid strikers who needed to tighten up technique and finishing to make it. We’ve lacked an Ade since he left. Welbeck has perfect physique which will benefit from Shad strength & conditioning. For me, he’ll only get better and I very much doubt we’ll lose on him.

LVGs comments very much embody why I think it’ll eventually end in tears there. He’s a bit of an ass.

So tomorrow, a front line of WELBZ flanked by Chambo and Sanchez would be pretty lethal. We’ve not had that sort of threat for years. Those lot will ask questions. They’re all interchangeable and they’ll all be direct and they’ll ask question of pacey full backs. Tactically, this game differs from last year even if Wenger doesn’t prepare anything.

Midfield is going to be tricky if Aaron isn’t on call. I’d love to see Aaron and Jack sitting deep with Ozil in the hole. If the Welshman is injured… I’d imagine it’ll be Arteta. In fact come to think about it, Arteta being the captain… does that mean auto inclusion? That’d be bad news for me. I also think Santi is flavour of the hole.-

The most important thing is going to be the defence. Outside an exceptional performance to keep out the most individually talented team in the league we need to keep them all fit. To get anything out of this stretch of games, we’re going to need fully firing senior defenders. Luck is out for us at the moment and I worry about Laurent niggles.

Anyway, a home tie against a tough side could be exactly what the doctor ordered. Something needs to kick is into gear. We need to see a reaction from the players. I’d personally like to see a plan. I’d also like to see the big names come out to play… the real Aaron please.

The stage will be set…

In other news, I heard spurs nearly landed WELBZ. Missing out on him then being told by london there’s no home for them is pretty hilarious. An away day at MK Dons while their stadium is developed. What a shambles! To be honest, I’m shocked they’re even building a ground. I wonder if they’ll face the same struggles as us… Or do monster revenues counter what we struggled with?

Plenty to think about, plenty to get excited about. Predictions in the comments…

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  1. Wallace


    “In those days, any one could have a bit of success, now it’s down to who has the most cash.”

    was thinking this the other day. back in the late 70’s/early 80’s when Liverpool were dominant they’d buy one top player every summer stick him in the reserves for a season to learn ‘the Liverpool way’ and then slowly introduce him into the team. Utd, by contrast, were the big spenders but were not taken very seriously. always buying the top players but never quite able to mould a winning side. spending big money back then was kinda frowned upon. vulgar, almost…times certainly have changed.

  2. goonpharm

    Bamford13September 13, 2014 00:02:25
    Given Ramsey and Ozil aren’t 100%, I think I’d go with the below:_____________Shez
    Sanchez___Welbeck_____OxladeIt really is a shame Wenger didn’t sign an athletic CDM. This team might’ve competed for something.

    Good shout. Personally would swap Santi for Rosicky. Need his high energy press early on to stop their midfield monsters getting a hold on the game.

    Bring Santi, Ozil and Ramsey on in the last 20 minutes to grind then down further.

    Ramsey and Ozil must not start. Can not afford them to get crocked if they aren’t 100%.

  3. Thank you and goodnight

    Cheers guys good chat last night. As Ozy said, nice change. Also I now have my excuses ready next time my missus brings up vasectomy again. I’ve pasted and copied Revvin and Andy1886 posts about their experiences, show I’ll show her them. 😀 thanks guys

  4. Barun

    I am not still convinced with Arteta tbh. I think we needed to buy a stellar midfield player to play in holding role. The primary reason why we had so many tennis scores last season was due to Arteta not fitting into the role perfectly.

  5. Revving Kevin

    Still say it’s worth having it done. No messing around with condoms, used to hate those tight, messy things. 😉

    The more I think about today’s game the more excited in getting about the season. Once we get this team playing together and the balance right, I can’t see many living with us. The whole dynamic has changed with the pave we now have. Not just in attack but what it does without the ball.

  6. andy1886

    Careful TYAG – is she sadistic? Or will she question your manhood? (not your actual manhood obviously). This could get you into even more trouble. Just change the subject, if you have to speak about it use the term ‘maimed’ a lot and suggest that ‘easy’ girls love a guy who’s had the chop as he’s not a pregnancy risk anymore. That should do it.