Ahhhhggghhhhhhhh… WHY CHELSEA, WHY?
I wanted them to win. Smash West Brom. Keep hope OUT of this weekend. Make the Liverpool game an exercise in nothing.
Tuchel losing his first league game 5-2 has opened this afternoon up. It went from largely uninteresting, to… hmmmm… this could be sexy?
For Arsenal AND Liverpool.
If we win today, we go to within 6 points of top 4. SIX POINTS OFF TOP 4 WITH 8 GAMES TO GO.
That would be tantalising. There are still a lot of teams in the mixer. Too many to topple in my opinion, but still, the Premier League season, as it stands, is not over by a longshot. Our last few games are not the worst… we also play Chelsea, who we can beat.
My worry, as usual, is we’re world-class at punching ourselves in the face. Think about the self-inflicted wounds we’ve inflicted this season. We’ve been smacking ourselves about all year, no one is better at fucking things up than us.
The Liverpool game today, at home, is not looking great on many levels.
The Xhaka haters are about to see what happens when he’s not in the side.
David Luiz, who I’ve been desperate to see out of the starting 11 isn’t going to be included because of injury.
Saka AND ESR have very late fitness tests.
We’re not exactly cooking on first-team gas here…
What do we have going for us?
Well, we’re at home. Jurgen Klopp had a lot more players away last week than us. He’s had one training session to prepare.
I’m hoping that we might have carried through a bit of belief from the backend of the West Ham game. We are playing, mostly, like a top 4 team of late. We have the players to do damage today, there’s confidence that we can come back from going down in big games, and at some point… something has to click for us.
We’re waiting for a bang-bang moment.
Liverpool is a great team, they’ll be top 2 next season… but at the moment, there is a weakness in their system.
What am I looking for from today? A fucking performance.
We gave Manchester City too much respect. We let them score early, then we spent the game trying to keep it respectable.
That can’t happen today. We cannot let Liverpool control proceedings from the off. We have to stop conceding after 6 minutes in the big ones. There needs to be a show of force out there.
Which Arsenal will show up?
As Matt from podcast always says, you’ll know after 5 minutes.
Will it be the team that bossed the Spurs game? Or will it be the team that showed up thinking about what they were having for dinner at West Ham.
These are moments Arteta needs to own. He has to get his team firing. At a minimum, we need to come away from this game thinking there’s been progress
We’ve beaten Liverpool with Arteta. This squad can do anything on its day. Let’s see if we can do it under the pressure of a ‘maybe’ run for top 4.
HUGE GAME. See you on the other side. x