Happy Friday you absolute beauties.
It’s the weekend of the big game. Well, not yet, but it’s tomorrow.
Big questions over our ability to go to Old Trafford and secure 3 stunning points.
Big questions over our ability to bounce back from a poor result against Swansea.
Big questions over whether we can be amazing next season.
The team will be without Arteta, Debuchy, Chambo and sadly, no Danny WELBZ.
Not having Danny is only a problem in the sense that Giroud is not looking sharp at the moment. If he has another toothless performance, we’ll be in trouble up top.
A quiet Olivier is a quiet Arsenal really.
I’d imagine we’ll go up there with two DMs pinning the midfield. We’ll look to load the front line with as much pace as possible, trouble is, without Danny, we lose an edge… we also don’t have Chamberlain.
Will Wenger opt for Theo in the front line? Doubtful.
So it does leave us a little tactically exposed if we’re looking to replicate what we did last time.
I can’t imagine Wenger going too wild with his line up. So it does raise a planning issue. What can Wenger do to make sure the three points come our way? How will he play around United? How much of a surprise can we land?
Per reckons it’s all about midfield.
“I think most important are the duels in midfield, around Marouane Fellaini. Francis Coquelin did really well last time. I think that is a major part of their game so we need to try to control this.
“It’s not going to be easy. They obviously want to keep the ball as much as possible. Can we restrict it? Can we get the ball in their half and break? That is what we did last time and we did really well.”
It totally is going to be about how we deal with Fellaini. But I think for us, it’s going to about how we cut open the United backline. I’m confident we have enough in midfield to cause problems. Height is going to be an issue with Fellaini, and it’d be unfair to think Coquelin can deal with that. Hopefully there’s a special plan for the long ball.
I don’t think United have been very impressive this season. This is a good opportunity put them into 4th for good. It’s a good opportunity to finish the year on a high.
You’d hope this is a big one for the players. A good chance for the coach to see who can cut it next year. Can Ospina show he’s got it at the highest level? Can anyone make a stake for the captain’s armband? Can anyone put their hand up and become a hero?
Let’s see how it goes!
Catch you tomorrow.