Friday. It. Is. Here.
So we’ve had a bit of a press conference, which was nice. We found out many exciting things. #WELBZ is a late fitness test for tomorrow’s game, you’d have to think that whatever the result, we’ll be chucking him at the deepend beacuse now we have the back up of Olivier.
The major bombshell was that Theo would not be under consideration. Which is sad. He was all about the consideration, but now he’s suffered some sort of set back. No point in losing your mind over it, he was ill quite a few times last year, it might be a flu bug or something. Hey, he might have hit a West Hamspstead Kebab shop thinking that signified a higher quality of food, only to realise that this theory was a poor one…
I know your pain Theo, I know it too well.
No news on Yaya Sanogo, but he scored 2 goals for the U21s in the week, so clearly, I’d expect him to be up for a start.
Outside the above bad news, we had word that Debuchy was three weeks away from a come back and Kos is at least three weeks. Apparently the injury has is a very tough one to manage, so the return is indefinite. That’s a worry. When he’s on his game, he’s such an important player. In his prime. A big loss. One we’ll need to manage in January.
Winston Reid is still on the radar. Big Sam says they’re still negotiating with him. I’m pretty sure we’ve put the feelers out. He’s 26, captain of his club and country, part of a defence that kept many clean sheets last year and my wonky West Ham mates all really like him. Which means precisely nothing. But there you go.
Back onto the United game.
Di Maria is back. De Gea is back. Carrick, Shaw, Falcao, Evans and Jones are all maybes. They’re in such a total mess from the outside looking in… but that’s what you’d want, right? I feel this is all games from LVG. He’s the master of being a total nightmare before games. I mean, if we were into planning and tactics, we’d not know what to expect. We’re not, so the games are a bit pointless. Just tell us you starting 11 LVG. Then we the fans can plot our fantasy plan!
I’m not sure how much truth there is in this quote, but someone tweeted that LVG had said…
‘I ran a ‘how to win a Champions League’ conference a few weeks ago. Wenger was in the audience. Nice guy’
What a bitch.
Anyway, we should be beating United. They’re out of form, they’re depleted or short of match fitness and we’re at home with some very good players available. I don’t think it’ll be a cake walk… but this should be three points.
A front three of Alexis, Chambo and Welbz… a midfield of Jack, Arteta and Rambo, a back four of whoever is available. It should be too much. We should blitz their terrible back four. We test the keeper. We need to make things difficult. Let’s hope the manager prepares them right. I don’t want to see a flat performance followed by comments about being jaded.
Interesting to hear Jack Wilshere talk about playing in the holding role. I mean, I know it was only Scotland he bossed it against, but there’s a very good player asking to plug a massive problem we have. He’s athletic, he has a lot of drive and he has the passing tools to set up the attack. Why not give him a go? My dream would be him pinning the midfield with Aaron, with Cazorla sitting in the hole. I doubt it’ll happen like that. But it should. Our current holding options don’t have the energy or they don’t have the technique.