The real competition starts today.
You won’t see pansy footballers crying about red cards, oh no, the Europa League is for real men. Leave your emotions at the door, stop talking about gluten-free and prepared for a politically incorrect fight on the footballing senses.
The home game against Vorskla should be fun. Bernd Leno is going to make his long-awaited debut. Keepers were a topic of conversation before the game with Emery.
“Each goalkeeper has different qualities. But they cannot change our style. Maybe one quality is better Leno than Petr, maybe one Petr than Leno. We need the same style and to work to improve each goalkeeper in our style.”
“He’s here because he showed us his quality,”
“The quality for the goalkeeper for me, is being complete. He has it.
“He can go a long way here at Arsenal. He’s young.”
A rumour in one of the papers stated that his big faux pas was dropping a clanger against Brentford preseason. The club were tanked in that game and looked really average causing panic in the ranks of the new boys. He was the sacrificial lamb.
That said, I still think the reason Emery persists with Cech is that he wants to have influential figures in the dressing room onside during the difficult first three months of his job. Leno was in need of rehab after an average prior season, so hopefully he doesn’t drop a Karius in front of the home support tomorrow.
The additional good news is Eddie and Smith Rowe will be in the squad, so hopefully, we’ll see some minutes from those two.
Emery was diplomatic when he spoke about how he’ll line up tomorrow.
‘For me, every match, each moment, is about finding the best performance with the players. We have four competitions this season. Tomorrow is the Europa League, Sunday is Premier League, then it’s Carabao Cup and then we’re going to play in FA Cup. I want the same thing for every player because each match is important. The second situation is that we need to give minutes to the players who can produce the best performance for us. The best 11 will play tomorrow so that we can continue to improve in our way both tactically and individually. What’s important for us is to produce a winning performance but also to continue to improve.’
If he’s picking the best team to beat Vorskla, you’d imagine he’ll be able to flex into the deeper reaches of the squad. I think his main worry will be making sure he lands 3 points at home. That’s hugely important in a competition most of us probably think is our best route into the CL this season.
Complacency is always the devil in these situations, so hopefully Emery will have the players fired up and we can go hard a team we really should breeze past.
Oh, before I go. I saw that Arteta lost against Lyon.
You were right.
He’s a fraud.
That proves out he’d have been a terrible coach for Arsenal.
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