Hitting you with some super short contenting today, because I’m flying out, and Arsenal are dropping a 2pm kickoff.
Injury news is mixed. Ramsey, Xhaka and Laurent are all in contention.
We’re going to need all the experience and help we can leverage today. This really is the start of a hugely important group of games. If we lose to 10th placed Everton, suddenly that Europa League game on Thursday against Napoli doesn’t look as winnable.
We have momentum on our side though, so let’s not panic too much. The problem we have is that away form hasn’t been our best friend this season. Losing games away at Rennes, West Ham and BATE weigh heavy on the mind. However, worth noting that Emery has changed things up lately, he’s brought his better players in from the cold, he’s taken them somewhere warm to rest their minds and the team is playing with far more swagger than they have done in 6 months.
Defence is crucial, we need player of the month Bernd Leno to continue bossing things from the base, we need to try desperately to avoid putting Mustafi under any sort of pressure and we need to cross out fingers.
The most notable change for me has been the early goals. Not really something you can attribute to a specific idea, because I’m sure early goals is always on the agenda… but, it’s better than conceding early, which was certainly something that worked against us in the front half of last season.
BIG GAME. The start of a tough run of matches where the coach is going to have to make some tough decisions. Rotation is going to important, player fitness is crucial, and focus will be essential. Tired minds are just as dangerous as tired legs. The manager needs to balance carrot and stick if we’re delivering an epic 3rd place this season.
Right, that’s me done, enjoy that game and PLEASE do not lavish too much praise on me for this HUGE post… xxx