BIG GAME NO EXCUSES

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HAPPY MONDAY MY FRIENDS I AM FIT AND HEALTHY AND READY… to… you know… go to work and be a good citizen.

Did you like my headline? I was trying to be motivational. I say that sort of shit when I get paired with my GF in table football. Never helps, but you gotta sound the big man in front of the lads.

Anyway…

The Monday MEGA GAME is here!

The next level in sports entertainment.

Arsenal vs Watford.

A clash of the Titans.

A matchup of good vs evil.

Winner takes… well, nothing. But if we win, it’ll put us in mighty fine shape to finish the season in the top 3 of all places.

Imagine?

Liverpool put Chelsea at a disadvantage in the race, defeating them in a 2-0 victory. There were no Gerard like slips yesterday. Sarri is once again a massive fraud.

Now it’s over to Arsenal to crank up the pressure and keep pushing on in this very exciting race.

What adds even more importance to this game now is that Spurs play City this week in the Champions League then the league at the weekend. Both games are AWAY. We could genuinely bring top 3 into play again.

… or we could bottle it and make things really difficult for ourselves because we’re weak minded and feeble.

I have no idea how Emery is going to operate.

This evening, unless Mavrapanos has had some sort of Maldini like transformation in training, will likely see Mustafi in defence. A huge worry for everyone involved. There’s a great Getty image of Emery looking at the German the way we all look at the TV screen when he careens into an unnecessary slide tackle or throws out an elbow for no meaningful reason.

I don’t want to guess how he’s going to take on the starting 11. I think we need to be careful about how we line up, but I think I’d gamble on a strong starting 11 and then take players off once we’re ahead… vs start weak, go a goal down, then chase a game with our best players.

One thing worth noting is we had Napoli beaten early and took off Laca and Ozil on 67. I actually thought that was a more interesting point when I started writing it. I think I was hoping Ramsey had also come off, and closer to 55 minutes. Ignore that… but know we could do it against Watford if we have a strong first half.

Despite the worries, our record at Vicarage road isn’t that bad. We lost last season, but we’d won our previous 4 in a row before that. This is a good Watford team, no doubt, but if you want to fight for CL, you have to be able to beat a team that’s sitting in 10th. They’ve lost 3 of their last 6, dropping full points to United, City and Liverpool. Sure, they can be impressive on their day, but I think things are going to have to go really well for them for that to happen tomorrow. Key for us is to not let their physicality get into our heads.

My one worry with them is they’ve had a full 7 days to prepare for us… not pesky midweek game to deal with. They’ll be packed full of energy, they’ll be revved up and they’ll have a game plan they’ll be confident of executing. We’ll have a bit of rust in our legs after the win on Thursday that we’ll have to shake off quickly if we’re to overcome them.

Momentum is hugely important now. Tensions are up, confidence should be on-point… all we need is a focused week of victories. We really need the best of Emery here. We need the best of our players. We need the best of luck.

COME ON ARSENAL x

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  1. Charlie George

    High Leg.

    Please can you meet me when I am in London?

    Sumptuous Lunch awaits
    Taxi to the game.
    We can have a proper Arsenal chat.

    You would like me.
    I can tell you – all the great teams and players we have had down the years.

    Go on you tube.
    …..type in Charlie George goals..

    What a player…. and reminisce over
    Geordie Armstrong
    Peter Storey…
    Bob Wilson…

  2. bennydevito

    GoH,

    A genuinely humble apology which I think is very magnanimous and we should all just accept it and move on in my opinion.

  3. Marko

    Highbury Legend don’t do it it’s a trap. He says he’ll only be armed with a handkerchief but he’ll have a cane and a packet of Werther’s Original too

  4. Freddie Ljungberg

    “FUCK ME. I apologise. Sheesh.”

    “bennydevitoApril 16, 2019 15:25:12
    GoH,A genuinely humble apology which I think is very magnanimous and we should all just accept it and move on in my opinion.”

    I hope that was written with a healthy dose of sarcasm BD , it was a shit apology and it doesn’t matter if it would have been the greatest apology of all time, there’s certain lines you just don’t cross. GoH is an absolute scumbag and his lame attempts at passing it off as “humour” isn’t fooling anyone that’s been reading the blog for more than 5 minutes.

  5. bennydevito

    Charlie GeorgeApril 16, 2019    15:14:22

    Bd

    “””:.If in 4 years time Emery has””””

    4 years of him!!!

    Do you want me to have another Heart Attack.?

    >>>>>

    Lol! Of course not CG, I wouldn’t wish that on anyone but that is funny nonetheless.

    Forget who the manager is for now and relish the fact we are still challenging for meaningful outcomes at the business end of the season. Realise that there’s no way Emery will be here for the long haul as he’s just a transitional manager steadying the ship, getting us back into the CL and getting the squad ready for when Arteta or Vieira are finally ready for our great club in 2 – 3 yrs time.

  6. Charlie George

    “Bd

    “::A genuinely humble apology which I think is very magnanimous and we should all just accept it and move on in my opinion.:”:

    Once again confirmation- that BD is the nicest chap on here…

    The world would undeniably be a better place with more BDs in it..

    Such a shame – he has this Emery affliction

    He will learn….
    He will come round..

  7. Valentin

    @Dissenter,

    Funny how you keep gloating about PSG misfortune. May I remind you who is partly responsible for that mess left behind.

    Emery requested players such as Krikowiak, Jese, and others. Good money was squandered on sub-standard players. Those players whose wage PSG is still subsidizing are part of the reason why their squad is unbalanced.

    That is the reason why Tuchel is now at loggerhead with Enrique the DoF. He can’t buy his players because the previous manager squandered the cash. Having been burnt by a manager making expensive bad purchases, the PSG president has confirmed Enrique as the final decision maker on purchase.

    Strangely enough as the Suarez episode has shown, Arsenal management also has doubt on his judgement on players. I am willing to bet that when Emery is sacked (or is not renewed), not a single one of his requested players would be saleable at the buying price. Ever Banega, Denis Suarez anyone?