Big test today, it’s going to be cold (5 degrees), windy-ish (7mph westerly breeze) and raining… and it’s oop Norf. Arsenal have the opportunity to take advantage of Spurs, Chelsea and Liverpool all dropping points in a day that really worked out quite nicely for us.
Yes people, we have the chance to move into 4th position.
Our place in life.
The spot that is rightly ours.
We also have the chance to move above Spurs and start talking about the gap. Even though there’s not a gap. But still, we can talk about scoring more goals than them. We can talk about their demise, collapse and impending terrible season. We can basically brag a little because dropping points at WBA is embarrassing and table is life.
BUT, it’s only embarrassing to the scum if we beat Burnley.
So what do we need?
We need patience. Burnley are going to defend as a unit and they’ll make it really tough for us. We’re going to need Ozil and Aaron to run the show. We’re going to need to offer up a bombardment of sorts. Olivier Giroud might be useful at some point, I’m not sure pace is really going to be an advantage, and if we were daring, we might go with two up front and lean on the finishing of Lacazette and the size of the Frenchman. Unlikely, but having a threat from the bench will be advantageous regardless.
We’re also going to have to be smart in defence. Burnley know how to counter and they know how to make a lot out of very little possession-wise.
“They have won games with 25 per cent or 30 per cent possession, that means they are calm, they know what to do and they are patient with that killing instinct of a snake. They put you to their face and then they bite you.”
It’d be very easy to get snake bitten (animal kingdom version of sucker punched) tomorrow so it’s imperative we don’t get rattled by a slithery Burnley goal when the weather is throwing a hissy fit.
I’m confident though. Pushing into the Champions League is a strong motivation for a team of players who lost their bonus in the summer.
There are some stories going around that Barca are now interested in Mesut Ozil, possibly even in January.
“No deal has been done. All these people have agents who can talk to anybody. That doesn’t disturb people, that happens all through their career.”
I mean, I can’t help but think Barcelona chasing you is not what it once was. They’re opting first choice for Coutinho, who is massively overrated, or Mesut, who is a talent for sure, but I’m not sure he’s the future of anything. They’re top of the league at the moment, but they’ve looked far from at their peak over the past year or so… so unless they have some magic plan, I’m struggling to pay that move off.
Still, we’re in a good phase with Mesut. He’s had a really big game and proved that he can be that player English fans have always wanted, so let’s see how he does tomorrow. Also, if Jack wants out, we can totally give Mesut his shirt number.
Enjoy the game, see you on Monday!
P.S. Hearing and reading lots of positive things about this guy. Looks like the guy Wenger hoped he’d signed from BMG. 6ft3, looks the real deal!
Denis Zakaria (2017/18) – The Next Vieria pic.twitter.com/nhS696Usjy
— Declan (@dribblatore) November 23, 2017