The talk should be focused on the upcoming challenge we have at Redstar Belgrade, but instead, it is FOCUSED ON THE MEGA GAME WE HAVE ON SUNDAY against Manchester City.
Test of all tests if this season is anything to go by.
Belgrade is already shaping up to be a run out for the reserves, which as you know, I am all for. Wenger is going to have to rest all his senior defenders as we’re in a spot of bother with Mustafi out for Sunday. That leaves us with the daunting worry of having to watch Per deal with the pace and intricate footwork of City’s front line at the weekend… or, offering the role to Rob Holding.
There’s a piece in The Telegraph that says part of Pep G’s Premier League belief black book is that you have to score three goals to win in the Premier League and that most of the action happens in the backend of the game.
The best way to get at Arsenal is to overwhelm us in the first 20minutes, then bank on our spirit hitting rock bottom and going for all-out destruction.
That said, we’ve come back a few times this season. So we have guts there if we’re not intimidated. My main concern is that we love going a goal down. I’m also concerned that we’ve been swept up in the ‘we’ve done really well this year’because the reality is we’ve won a bunch of games we should have. Lost 3 we shouldn’t have. And drawn a game we’d usually have lost.
My guess is that we’re going to be attacked aggressively in the first half, especially since it’s at home. If we can push the game through to 60minutes, we’re in with a chance if they’ve come at us with intensity. They suffered in the semifinals of the FA Cup because they blew their load early and tired. We need to re-up those vibes. Big question is how the midfield plays. We can’t have Ramsey playing like a 12-year-old. We need his spirit from the Chelsea game. He needs to measure his runs and take a more calculated approach to his positioning. We cannot have Xhaka defending the back 4. Makes you wonder if Wenger will opt for some double pivot love with Coquelin?
Spurs, United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Southampton are coming up over the next few months, so we’ll certainly be tested. A powerful win at City could be a catalyst for a successful festive period, or it could be a defeat that cracks a squad that has wafer thing commitment to the cause.
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