GOOD MORNING! Or afternoon. Quick post today because it’s Christmas party night. That means wishing people happy holidays because apparently wishing someone happy Christmas is offensive, it means watching American’s binge drink which they are not accustomed to without a meal accompanying the drinking (honestly grow up) and it means I am going to be in a world of pain on the plane back to London tomorrow. Super excited to be back home with an Arsenal ticket or two on the cards!
Lot of critique coming my way for pointing out the things I’ve been pointing out all season. You seriously can’t win on the internet. I appreciate Arsenal have been good this season, I’m enjoying it more than I have in 5 years, but you have to play the game with Arsenal, don’t let hope creep in because your dreams will be crushed.
‘This feels different’
… is something I hear every season from Arsenal fans. Look, it felt different last season when we were top in January. It felt different when Aaron Ramsey was scoring lights out a few years back. It felt different when we blew our chance at Liverpool at home. It felt really different in 2008. There’s always a reason it’s different, but one constant as to why we never follow through with the goods.
Maybe we’ll turn it around on Sunday. I mean, there’s literally no better time to be playing City. We have a day of rest on them. We will NOT be facing Gundogan, Fernandinho or Aguerro. City had a shaky defence until they kept their 2nd clean sheet in 15 at Watford in the week. But look, we have the players to cause a nuisance if they’re fit and focused. We should batter their backline with a trio of Sanchez, Chambo and Theo. Will they be on their game heading into their 3rd game in week? Gonna be tough…
Results elsewhere didn’t go our way. Liverpool, City, Spurs and even United won. We really need to not lose ground at City. It’ll damage confidence and put us further behind in the title chase. Fingers crossed.
In other news, Mesut Ozil has been trying to persuade Julian Draxler to come and play for Arsenal. Which is great news, because that would mean he’s going to stay on for us. Draxler is a precocious talent, but is he damaged goods? He’s wildly out of form, he’s sulking with his club which doesn’t bode well and he’d be £30m. Is he an upgrade on Chamberlain? Or a similar sort of risk? Does he have more room for growth than Iwobi? I love his pace, I love that he likes playing wide and I think he could do a good job across the frontline. Just don’t see it.
Also, I don’t think I’ve headed into Jan not fussed about signings? The only want I have is a replacement for Santi, but I’d say that was probably best to happen in the summer, rather than force in January.
Right, that is me done. Wish me luck.
*reaches for drinking boots