HAPPY GOOD MORNING TO YA.
It’s Thursday, there’s a warm buzz in the air and it smells a little bit like FA CUP WEEKENDER.
I was lucky enough to get an invite down to Colney yesterday. I had a beautiful transport nightmare. St Albans is a ball ache to get to if you’re a f*cking idiot, I managed to get on the wrong train (because I listened to a Spurs supporting station helper) and nearly missed it all.
I landed just as Arsene finished his press conference.
What we learnt was Wenger likes Benteke.
“He’s a player who has a massive potential,”
“I think some of the bad fortune of Aston Villa this season was linked with the fact that Benteke was not there. When he came back into the team, he gave a lift to everybody and of course he has a fantastic leap, he’s an intelligent player as well and he can score goals with his feet. He’s fantastic in the air and can score headers against any team in the league.”
HE LOVES A LEAP. I like Benteke. I think he’d explode at the right club.
Picking up on light mutterings of the players (lie) is that one of the big talking points centred around the goalkeepers. Last season, Fabianski was the cup keeper, and he played the last game of the season as a warm up. Fact.
THIS SEASON IT WAS DIFFERENT.
Chezzer did not start the last game. It was Ospina. Now, I’m not one for reading into things… but I think I’ve got proof that Ospina probably didn’t walk with Chezzer because Chezzer knew he wasn’t playing at the weekend.
Look at that distance between the players. You could park a Arsenal styled Citroen DS4 with heated rear seats between that gap. Am I right?
Anyway, that’d be a bit of a slap in the ol’ face wouldn’t it? Deserved though. I don’t think too many at the club would be sorry to see him leave.
The other rumours, mainly bubbling around some of the journalists, was that Jack might start ahead of Coquelin. I’m not really game for that. It doesn’t make sense. I mean, if we were playing a bus parking team, I’d totally understand why you’d want a player starting who could burst through the lines. But taking Coquelin out the line up for Jack? Feels more suicide that genius.
Geoff (of Le Grove) thinks it’s all about pace this weekend:
What Walcott does, is bring us directness, he has a shot when he has a chance. A bit like Owen and Fowler used to.
Wenger shouldn’t be worrying about fitting Giroud in, he should be thinking about Theo as a starter, either centrally or out wide.
Neither Welbeck, Cazorla, Ramsey or Wilshere are wingers so should never start out wide.
He has Sanchez, Chamberlain, Gnabry or Walcott who can play wide.
He should play 11 from the squad and interchange when needed, not on 67 minutes. His times of substitutions are not tactical, they are obsessive, he has OCD and no one will say it.
So my team for the final.
Ospina (no room for sentiment, Chezzer has a disaster up his sleeve)
Bellarin BFG Kozzer Monreal
Theo Ozil Sanchez
Cazorla, Wilshere, Chamberlain, Gabriel, Chezzer
Pace will beat them. So either the above, or drop Giroud and put Wilshere in from the start and flood the midfield. Cazorla doesn’t have the legs anymore, well not for a possible 120 minutes.
Wenger let us know that Danny Welbeck won’t be playing.
“Danny Welbeck will not be fit for us or England. That’s basically the only injury we have at the moment,”
He’s been a bit of an injury problem this season. Hopefully he has a nice chunk of rest this summer and has a good run at the starting 11 next season. One of the biggest disappointments of the season, yet one of the most satisfying buys at the same time? I love his attitude, he has plenty of power and aggression, he just needs to ramp up that finishing. Which really, I think you can teach yourself… Thierry did. He always said he wasn’t a natural finisher.
Also, mega bit of insider gossip… the taxi driver told me he had Per in his ride and he said that the Big Fucking German said we’d definitely win the cup.
I like that.
The team looked nice and relaxed ahead of the game. Lots of bantz going off in the warm up. Robert Pires turned up. You literally can’t shake our explayers away from the setup. Which is quite sweet really. Keeping a bit of that modern heritage about the place.
It’ll be interesting to see who packs their bags at the end of the season. Declan Lynch, one of the league’s finest physios is off to Bath rugby (Rugby, do what son?). You saw how valued he was at the weekend with Theo and Jack having a love in with him. We might see Arteta leave, possibly Flamini, maybe Jenkinson… certainly the keeper. Could be a lot of goodbyes.
We really need a massive win to get everyone excited about next season. We also need some sunshine. The weather was sweet yesterday, a bit of that at the weekend would be incredible.Right, that’s me done.
Right, that’s me done. A massive thanks to the Arsenal team for having me down and looking after me with all the coffee.
Have a good one!