Here we are people, one final game of preparation against Lazio before the new season starts.
I’ll be removing the AKB page in time for the new season. In a world of Gooner optimism, all relics of the past must be cast aside.
It’s all quite surreal. I genuinely feel a sense of hope about the start to a new season. There’s no nagging doubt about massive misses during the window. Outside Aaron Ramsey signing a new deal, and an imminent world-class wide player to replace Alexis… we’re pretty much where you’d hope any competent manager would want his team.
Lazio will give us a big clue as to how we plan to set up for Manchester City.
Ramsey will be out with his calf issue, which could be a Chelsea-dream-move issue, but who knows. Kolasinac is absent with an injury that’ll put him out for 10 weeks. I’m not sure who fills in for him, Monreal might be about for next week but it’d be early, so maybe AMN gets the nod this evening?
I’m hoping we get to see Torreira this evening. I’m interested to see who the final centre mid pairing is going to be. Does Xhaka start? Has Guendouzi done enough to merit keeping his place? What happens to BIG MO ELNENEY?
It’ll also be interesting to see how much love the manager is prepared to give the kids this season, like, Smith Rowe. Is he good enough to slug it out in the first team, or should we move him out to West Ham for a season? What are we doing with Reiss, Willock and Eddddiiiieeee?
I think the objective of the next 9 months is to reestablish what being a focused club is all about. Ground rules need to be bedded in, good habits need to be adopted, and the team needs to embrace the aggressive education blitz they’re being onboarded with. Ultimately, success this season is Arsenal making the #Top4. It’s going to be tough, in the end, every club pulled it together. The top 7 teams this season are all capable of putting on a winning run, all of them are capable of collapsing. The league is stronger than ever this year, but at least we’ve got a fighting chance.
Fingers crossed this evening is a breeze and we pick up no injuries.
See you in the comments. x