Well hello my darlings, are we ready for some Arsenal goodness? I think we are.
The BIG night is finally here. I can hear the famous tune. Eurooooooopa da dah da da daaahhhhh!
The main meal has arrived piping hot after the Champions League starters. Unai Emery back on the couch with his comfort blanket. Mikel Arteta is out to avenge the competition that gave him the covid. OGS and Brenda ready to rep the Premier League. Antonio Conte’s stunning syrup back in the spotlight.
Arsenal needs a win tonight. Italy is the away leg for us. We need to score. We need a clean sheet. We need to impose ourselves on this competition like a VAR ref imposes on an Arsenal decision. Ruthless, standout, and maybe even a little unfair.
It sounds like we’ll see a pretty strong team. This is an extremely important backdoor to the Champions League. We can’t afford to go light in the name of rotation. It’s a cup run until the end of the season in all competitions.
Our big fear? Mikel pumping Willian in the media.
“What he is doing, the way he is training, the way he is working and the way he is pushing to give everything at the team, is what I demand. Whether he is more or less successful in the game is another matter. It will come, with the quality he has.”
My word nothing would stink out the pregame discourse worse than Arteta rehabbing Willian over Martinelli or Pepe.
He’s gonna do it though, isn’t he?
Let’s live in a dream world for a minute. A world that was focused on the future.
Wouldn’t it be nice to see Gabriel through the middle? Leading the line? Terrifying Benfica with his dogged pressing? I’d like that.
Imagine this. Arteta gives with Gabriel but takes with Willian. Betting that perhaps, Gabi joy will drown out Willian misery? Imagine if Willian scores… the joy of a goal, coupled with knowing that’ll secure him a 10 game run in the league.
Oh man, I am really not looking forward to seeing him on the team sheet.
Things I am hoping for.
- Minutes for Balogun
- Odegaard continuing to feel his way into the squad
- Return of Pablo Mari or Cal Chambers
- A continuation of our exciting performances in the league.
Just gonna leave a short one today because typing is real tough right now… before you leave, check out my first appearance with the guys from the Touchy Gooners Podcast. I am a big fan of their work, you should subscribe, and make sure you watch the below.
COME ON YOU GOONERS!