Happy Saturday my darlings. I went to a fancy Chinese last night and was introduced to a new type of spice that doesn’t agree with my body. So much goodness in the tasting, so many upset people in the Starbucks I just left.
Big game tomorrow. We continue our charge on the Premier League against Aston Villa. A Remi Garde Aston Villa. Things aren’t looking good there. My exflatmate was going to write a preview, but I think he gave up because he was just too damn sad about the plight.
I feel Villa are like the pigeon that’s semi strangled itself on a bit of wire… the end is nigh, but just as you think it’s dead, it flaps its wing in another attempt to avoid the inevitable.
Someone needs to pull out a heavy slipper and put that club out of its misery and let it start up again. The players don’t have the fight, the owner is trying desperately to flog the business to some poor bastard.
It’s not looking good.
However, they are not my concern. Arsenal are. Arsenal and the three points we desperately need before our big matchup against City the week after.
This is a game that we can’t afford to lose. This is the sort of game Champions in waiting brush aside. They are on their arses, we are on the up… what could go wrong?
Hopefully Wenger found the right balance with the team last night. So a front three of Giroud, Theo on the left and J to the C on the right. That gives us blistering pace outwide, with power through the centre.
Midfield will likely be Flamini and Aaron with Ozil pulling the strings like the maestro he absolutely is.
The defence will be what the defence always is. I feel like this is a good game to rotate a Gabriel in. Take some of that strain away from Per Mertesacker who really hasn’t looked at the races this season.
We need to put Villa on the back foot early. One goal and I’d imagine they’ll lose confidence and interest pretty quickly.
Our big watch out is complacency, how motivated are we going to be?
Are we going to be focused. Are we going to prepare like Champions?
I hope so. This isn’t a game I want to be dropping points in.
If we win here, it takes the pressure off at City.
If we win at City, you’d have to say that we’re well on course to do something this season.
Even if we lose, the league is so fucked this year, I’d still fancy us to be in the mix come March.
… but I do think that’s very dependent on Wenger doing something clever in January. Something that makes an impact like Andrey Arshavin. Something that doesn’t need 6 months to bed in.
Right, that’s me done. See you tomorrow!