How much do Arsenal want it?

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Very quick post today because I have things to do!

Big game against Liverpool this evening. Not often we have massive game on a Wednesday these days! Maybe that’s because this isn’t a massive game in the eyes of the Sky people? Or the BT People? Or the foreign TV channels!

Anyway, here are some things I’m looking forward to seeing this evening…

How is Klopp going to play?

He knows he doesn’t have the talent to beat us at our own game, as he said yesterday, he fears our possession football and the counter attack. So is he going to play deep and look to break? Is he going to bulk out his midfield and try and kick us out of the game? Is he going to take advantage of some shady performances from Bellerin of late? His plan will be interesting. He’s going to be revved up. I imagine the Liverpool players coming into the changing room with him half-naked lightly covered by a sheep skin he’s ripped from a freshly slaughtered carcass.

The madman…

How is Wenger going to play?

Does this sort of game require a nullification exercise, or is this a business as usual game for Arsene and his team of enthusiastic tacticians? We have Ozil and Flamini coming back into this mix. Is he going to go all out for pace, maybe resting Giroud? Is he going to let JC continue in the side after a few good games? It’ll be interesting to see if any special thought has gone into this evening. Wenger knows dropped points here could signal the start of a dismal run.

How is Ozil going to play?

This for me is a massive game. This is one of those games we need our star man to carry us. The atmosphere will be big, he’ll probably get a brutalising from Henderson and Lucas. How will he cope. Will he have the eye of the tiger? That’s the big question for me. Can he deal with a wet evening up north…? Post Christmas is where titles are won. It seems like we’re a long way from the end of the road, the excitement of festivities are over and legs start to feel the burn. I hope we have the best Ozil out there this evening!

Are we title contenders?

These are the games that matter. The games where champions in waiting step forward. Are the whole team up for the fight? Do they have the focus? Do they actually believe this is possible.

They should do, they are good enough. It’s all about how much they want it though.

Switch off and we’re back with the rest of them… win, and it’s about proving it all over again at the weekend.



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  1. Louis Almeida

    He can be box to box and be a holding midfielder so that is for us very promising. We wanted a versatile player and I wanted a player who can play defensive but can as well play to box to box.

    “His strengths are his technical level, his vision, his intelligence, his disciplined attitude and his physical attitude to compete at a high level. I think he has the physical qualities to play at the top level.

    “Where he needs to adapt is to the challenges, the force needed in the Premier League to survive. I think that could demand a little bit of adaptation. But overall I think he has all the attributes to do well.

    – Wenger on El Neney

  2. vicky

    Arsene seems to suggest Elneny is primarily a box to box midfielder who can play as a defensive midfielder.

    Interesting that he said the club does a background check of a player’s attitude before signing. I guess that’s why we don’t see players with checkered disciplinary history not pursued by the club even when they are talented and available on cheap.

  3. Cesc Appeal

    If we’re dreaming of Pogba, would be nice to see us get a much better class of ST, play a 4-3-1-2 or 4-1-2-1-2 with Coq holding (haha never noticed that before), Pogba and Ramsey, Ozil beyond, behind Sanchez and a new ST.

  4. Nasri's Mouth

    vicky: Arsene seems to suggest Elneny is primarily a box to box midfielder who can play as a defensive midfielder.

    He initially says he’s a B2B that can play as a DM, then repeats it in reverse, (a DM who can play as a B2B)

    MIght have to wait to see where Wenger wants him to play.

  5. qna

    Time will tell on Elneny for sure.. The good thing about him is that he doesnt have to live up to huge expectations. He can be a squad level player and most of us will be happy. If he turns out to be better than that then its a bonus. However, there is still a GAPING hole in our central mdfield for a world class central midfielder to as our first choice to replace Cazorla. Cazorla was already a player who was showing he is past his prime. He has stopped scoring goals and his influence and man of the match performances has dried up. It is likely he will be even less of a player after his major injury as well. That is not unexpected, all players have a peak in their career and quickly drop off after that. He is already 31 and he is playing in a position that requires heaps of running (one of the reasons we are buying Elneny is for his huge tank I presume).

    I would like us to be looking at top end players like Verratti, Kroos, even Pogba. Now that Madrid is out of the picture Kroos may be out unless Madrid a major shuffle in this window now that they are banned for the following 2 windows.

  6. Micheal


    Good post. I regret saying this, but I doubt whether we will see much of Cazorla in a red shirt again. Because of his injury, it is very hard to see him coming back as a regular this season – other than for cameos in the final 10 minutes of games.

    At 31, he has only one big pay day left in his career and it would be no surprise if he wants to go back home to Spain

    Lovely player and we will miss his technique.

  7. Louis Almeida

    I don’t think Pogba is suited to Barca. He won’t want to do the hard work for MSN. He’s more a Real Madrid-type player and the Zidane factor might help. Thiago and Verrati are Barca-type midfielders. The latter is more likely due to the former having already played for them.

  8. qna

    Blsany: The Curse Of Aaron Ramsey” is back unfortunately…..Ramsey scores on Saturday. David Bowie dies shortly afterwards. Scores again last night. Alan Rickman dies.

    Totally forgot about this. Good spot. That is pretty weird huh.

  9. Red&White4life

    “The Curse Of Aaron Ramsey”

    We got plenty of curses : wenger, arteta, the emirates stadium, the transfer windows, kroenke…