I found myself invited to a curry yesterday lunch time. I’d never done this before. It didn’t feel right. The setting was pretty decent, but it still felt that no matter the sophistication, I was doing something wrong.
Totally blitzed my night… like starting the day with a roast dinner. Indian cuisine is not meant for the day. Only bankers can get away with things like that… still feeling pretty shaky about what I did right now.
BUT I NEEDN’T BE
Arsenal play in the NORF LANDON DERBY in a couple hours. That should unsettle the stomach in a far more enjoyable way!
We go into this game celebrating signing Coquelin to a new deal. He’ll no doubt sit at the heart of our midfield later on. That’s a great signing. He’ll not be buying into the PR Arsenal are pushing out around him. He’ll know the manager wanted him gone. But that’s good. It shows the rest of the kids coming through that there’s a way back if you work hard. It shouldn’t be easy to get a chance here. If you’re offered it, you throw everything on the line to make it yours.
He’s done that… bless his cottons.
Today, he has to personally repay all of our recent love for him with a couple of sly reducers… am I right? God damn it I’m right.
This game is massive. Spurs are on the up. They have a fantastic manager. They’re on form. Harry Kane is a GOONER and scoring lots of goals and generally making a nuisance of himself. So the stage is set…
I’m not sure Spurs are quite as good as some of the their form makes out and I think we can really get at their back line. I’d like to see us play a smart game. The temptation is to wade in gung-ho… but I think as with most away games, we should be looking to keep things tight for the first half and hit them hard on the counter. We have so much speed in the line up, you kind of feel that the most sensible type of play we can offer today is the patience game. Our chances will come, we just need to make sure we reduce their opportunities…
Eriksen is a key man for Spurs, the tricky little Dane will open space and he’ll strike if you don’t move in close to him. We should treat him the same way we did David Silva a few weeks ago. No space, no time, strangle the feeder… His freekicks have been outstanding this year, so I’d imagine Spurs will look for fouls around the box. Dembele, if he’s starting has also started to play to his potential in a more advanced position. Lots of danger in that side if they click.
The big question mark for us is still Alexis… will he or won’t he play? The boss reckons he wants to play and is willing to defy the medical staff to earn a game. Tough call, get it wrong and we lose our spearhead when we need him… by dropping him, the most you’ll suffer with is a sulky player. By playing him, you could be looking at a 6 week injury. I’m not sure this game merits that sort of risk when we still have it all to play for.
Front three of Ozil, Giroud and Theo would work for me… Midfield of Coq, Ramsey and Santi. Back four of Bellerin, Mert, Kos and Monreal. Keeper is Opsina. That’s working for me and that’s more than enough to do the job.
3 points here and we really will be on a roll. Third is a very realistic target this season. We need to put as many points on the board as possible before Champions League restarts, because looking at that competition, there’s a very good chance we’ll progress to the quarters and if the draw is kind, even beyond… a full Arsenal squad to pick from and we’re a match for most teams.
Right, that’s me, off to microwave an onion bhajji!
P.S. WHAT A GAME AT THE RUGGERS. Well done England, superb performance. One thing I’ll mention, the RFU put on an incredibly spectacular pregame show… really revved the crowd up. We should do that for Champions League games. Whip everyone into a frenzy.