Morning gibbons happy Saturday! Well not for me I have to go into work but at least it’s nearly spring time.
So up next is Manchester United at the Theatre of Dreams, or the Theatre of Remembrance of Things Past as it shall henceforth be known. We all know the score, so I’m not going to go over it again. They are absolute toilet, they’re manager is the biggest fraud in world football since Redknapp has retired and he’s in charge of a loose collection of show-ponies that he doesn’t know what to do with.
Having said all that they STILL have some spell cast over us; so many years of being bullied by them has left deep emotional scars that need healing. An FA cup clash has to be where we finally break that curse. Its not an understatement to say that if we can knock them out of the cup at their place it will be one of the most uplifting results in a looooooooooooong time.
Team news is that Gabriel is out for 3 weeks with a little bit hamstring strain. Welcome home son. Other than that it’s the usual suspects.
As such I would go for a starting line up of:
No major surprises. Despite some players clearly needing a rest, this game is huge and we want our strongest XI on the pitch. For me Walcott is a better attacking player than Welbeck, I like Danny but he hasn’t been much of a goal threat for a while and I would love to see Theo get a run out again. I’m not really sure what the manager’s beef is with him at the moment, it’s just a shame that we waited so long for him to come back and now we don’t get to see him play as he has so much to bring to the team.
Finally, following my last post I was having a good old debate with some people on the twitter about this Giroud song and the atmosphere at the Ems in general. I suppose I started from the point of view that that “chant experiment” was stupid because:
a) it was the wrong song (people rarely chant songs about specific players early in the game, its usually more general songs)
b) it was too early in the game for Giroud to have done anything to atone for his Monaco display and get the crowd behind him
c) the guy was filming people.
I do accept that supporters have a role to encourage the team and try to motivate players, especially if they have been playing badly. I have taken friends who are fans of other clubs to games at the Ems and they were amazed by the negativity in the stands at times. My view is that if you have paid the money, you can do whatever you like inside the stadium (within the laws of common decency of course) and people who try and tell me how I should or shouldn’t behave irritate the piss out of me.
Having said that, you can’t get away from the fact our home support isn’t what it could be (especially compared to our away support). The question is why. Personally I think it’s because many fans have become bored with the predictability of our football, not our style of football, but our defensive collapses, our dreadful corners, baffling substitutions and the same mistakes repeated again and again and again. Others will say that we were spoiled by glory during the early Wenger years and are too demanding of success. The truth probably lies somewhere in the middle of these two points of view.
All I know is, if you want to chant and sing all game then good for you, but trying to force others to is a waste of your time and theirs.
Right that’s me done for today, short and sweet. Laters pataters x
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