I like these Buzzfeed-style approaches to blogging, it gives me a simple framework and a punchy clickbait title to lure you fools in with.
JK, you’re not fools. You’re heroes.
5 things we want to see this weekend.
Break the bus:
I can’t imagine, based on David Moyes glorious history of management, we’ll see anything bar a back 8 of red & white shirts we have to pick our way through. Arsenal has struggled against teams that defend the centre and constrict our free-flowing brand of football.
HOWEVER, things might be a bit more interesting tomorrow because we now have Olivier Giroud waiting in the wings. I’d like to see what a 4-4-2 away from home could do… or a 4-4-1-1. It’d certainly surprise them and it’d give us the opportunity to hit them from out wide as well as play through them.
No more injuries:
We’ve not had a great week when it comes to injuries. Lucas Perez is out until Christmas because of ligament damage after being kicked in midweek. We lost Santi the week before because he was also kicked, he’s still a potential miss… which is fine for me, because missing a game out against the worst team in the league away from home would make sense anyway.
Additional frustration came with the news that Theo is a doubt, isn’t he always after a bit of form? We’ll also likely be without Nacho Monreal. The Spaniard has been out of sorts this season and it probably makes sense to give Gibbs a bit of game time through the fairly easy period we’re undergoing.
Jokes that I said injuries were not an issue yesterday, now they are… god damn you Shad, god damn you.
It’d be great to go to Sunderland and dish them out a total spanking. David Moyes said this of himself last week:
‘Put David Moyes in charge of a team and he will win.’
I mean, so far, it’s not really happened. His fall from grace has been beyond spectacular. I know people snark with hindsight, but Moyes had a very mean Everton team for years. He was a good, fresh faced manager who won awards. Now his face looks like a haggard ball sack, he’s talking like David Brent and his teams don’t want to play for him.
I’d be really upset if we didn’t take a very strong 3 points from them. Let’s go to town on them. They really are bad. The only team ever not to win in their opening 9 games two seasons running. We need a convincing win after unconvincing results against Swansea, Burnley and Boro.
The blonde Welshman is coming back into the fold this weekend after a cheeky 3-month vacation to the Isle of ‘it’s not too serious.’ Remember people, this is a player who ripped up Euro 2016 taking his side to the semi-finals. He’s a very good player, he hasn’t really shown that for 2-3 seasons with us, so for me, Wenger either makes it work this year, or he lets another manager make him a better player (maybe at Arsenal). He’s brilliant on his day, but the problem for me is he needs a lot of support to be brilliant (someone to defend for him / someone to attack with precision). Can he change that this season? Maybe… A Xhaka by his side might be the cure? Not tomorrow though.
There are a few opportunities for upsets this weekend. Spurs take on Leicester at home, the Champions are finding a bit of form now, so this might not be so simple for Poch… I’d like to have a bit if breathing space between us and the scum so they can’t go above us for our game. United play Burnley, it’d be banter if they lost there. City will likely take 3 points at West Brom. There ‘could’ be an upset if Southampton bring their recent form to Chelsea.
Either way, 3 points is a must when you’re taking on the worst side in the league.
HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND BIG LOVE FROM ME x