Good morning f*cktards. What? We live in a world where being offended is about to be criminalised… so you know, deal with it mushroom face.
What could possibly offend me this evening? Carl J going up against PSG. The boy is a worker, but he’s not the most mobile of right backs and he is prone to the odd ‘oh my, oh my’ moment. However, we do have a home game, so hopefully he’ll be energised and give that extra 10%. SUNDAY LEAGUE STYLE AFTER AN ORANGE AND A HALF TIME FAG (America, that means cigarette in England).
Midfield is going to be very interesting this evening. How Wenger sets up is going to tell us a lot about the Spurs and United games. Has he become strategic with his old age, or is he just in love with Coquelin regardless of how that impacts our style?
I suspect he’s playing the long game, but I can’t be sure. Tonight, if we win, we go through top of the group and we could face Madrid after Dortmund bulldozed Warsaw 8-4 last night (think they’ll top the group)! Most games are tough in the Champions League last 16, so we’ll face a tough game regardless, but I think it’s important for progress that we power through to the next round in a better position than we have over the past 6 seasons. At least give our odds of a weaker team a chance.
My gut is that he’ll play for the draw tonight, so we’ll see a double pivot of sorts. I’d image that’d be Coquelin or Elneney… or maybe he Xhaka in place of the Egyptian. I’d also suspect we’ll see more of Ramsey outwide. Wenger possibly spooked by Iwobi’s poor showing against Spurs, and also in love with Aaron Ramsey becoming the world class winger we know he’s incapable of becoming.
It’s an interesting opportunity for Arsenal to showcase their tactical teeth against PSG. They’re managed by a seasoned thinker in Emery. He said recently his team watch games at least 12 times back. He’s been hired by PSG based on his European pedigree, netting 3 Europa League’s in a row, recently out thinking Jurgen Klopp in Basel. PSG spurned some outrageous chances in the last game, so we know we’ll have to be at our best if we’re going to keep them quiet today because their record in the league has improved, as has Cavani’s eye in front of goal.
Arsenal need to pull a performance out of the bag tonight. If it’s a hard fought draw in which it feels like we had the right to be at the same table as PSG, I’ll be happy. If it’s a weak cowardly performance like the one at United, or a meek set up that doesn’t deliver much, like the Spurs game, I’ll start to worry we’re punching above our weight this season. Or, not capable of reaching the heights.
Not that Dortmund are the be all and end all, but they’re out their launching destruction on teams this season. Liverpool and Chelsea have a magic about the way they’re now going about things, they have that intangible 6th or 7th gear. I’ve not really seen that from Arsenal this year (bar Ludogorets), and it’s about time we dished out a more consistent showing of who we want to be on our best days. I think part of becoming Champions is looking like them. Very rarely does a team without a consistent style or feel about them take the title. I can see who Chelsea want to be this year, I can’t really see who Arsenal want to be? The style has improved, but it’s still very wishy washy.
PSG at home would be a great place to start, a win takes us top… but I’m sensing a pattern here, and I think we might play for the draw.
Let’s see how it pans out!