You can bloody smell it in the air… yeah, football is about to make a triumphant return!
We take on WBA as we bid to kick on our title push through a packed out Christmas period.
The injury news for tomorrow isn’t exactly positive. The only player we have back is Hector Bellerin. It sounds like there’s a few that are close, Arsene Wenger mentioned that Chamberlain and Ramsey weren’t about tomorrow, then he said that Theo was two weeks away with Rosicky, WELBZ and Wilshere longer term.
Other worries tomorrow centre around the mentality of Olivier and Laurent. They have their minds perhaps elsewhere after last Friday, so it’s questionable whether they will start… though Wenger’s response to this was pretty emphatic.
‘I would say you need to focus on other things’
Good shout. Mopping around doesn’t help anyone and it plays into the hands of the scum.
The whole press conference was dominated, in my opinion, by journalists trying to prise something salacious from the manager about the terrorist attacks. They didn’t get it, but it did take the focus away from Arsenal
‘Would you let your players discuss the attacks as a group?’
I mean, what sort of question is that? I know Wenger likes to control the details, but I don’t think he’s controlling their conversation.
There was a curve ball question about whether a gay footballer would be supported. You wonder whether that question was fired at Arsene because we have a player that might come out? I find it crazy that this still hasn’t happened. Nearly every sport has an outed player… I don’t even like saying outed, because it sounds like it’s a bad thing… like being outed as a Cliff Richard fan.
It shouldn’t be a big deal.
If fans start chanting disgusting things, remove them from the ground. If people know they’ll lose their tickets and be hung out to dry in the press… they’ll think twice. If they don’t, at least they’re out the grounds.
Wenger was also pressed on his doping views. He said away in the Champions League it sometimes adds two hours to the journey back… now we’re onto something. Wenger hates waiting for the plane to leave and blood testing is way quicker.
One thing I will say… I hope Arsenal blood test. Opening Pandora’s box is all well and good… just make sure nothing springs out that you don’t want to see. Players are stupid, they do stupid things and you hear all sorts of things in and around London about what players at top clubs get up to. I just hope that we are as clean as the manager.
West Brom are the lowest scorers in the league this season, but let’s be honest, it’s a Pulis team and we’ll be getting the additional 20% extra elbow grease at the weekend. Still, it’s always good taking on a team that have lost 4 of their last 6 games. It’s away from home though, so we’ll need to be sharp… we also run the risk of post international break handbrake football.
Still, a delightful 1500 kick off. A true rarity in this mega monied globalised game of football we know and love.
Right, have a blinding day my pretties and I’ll see you tomorrow for more of an update.