Here we are, match day blog time.
Mikel Arteta has finally caved to Martinelli in the starting 11. All the noise I hear is that he’s been electric in training. He needs to channel some of that ESR mentality. Play like you belong, don’t give an inch to the manager, and take the chances afforded.
Nicolas Pepe has also been rewarded after his cameo on Thursday. He’s another one that needs to keep showing that he can be relevant for 90 minutes. He needs to take his chances, impose his bag of madness on a weak defence, and be decisive.
Main point of concern for the game is the the lack of creativity. Ceballos, Xhaka and Partey doesn’t scream fast breaks and threaded balls. Dani really needs to show up, he has to move the ball fast, and he has a rescue a reputation that’s in the gutter. If he’s shite, I’d love to see Azeez given a bit of a role.
Overall, this game has ‘WHY AM I PLAYING’ vibes about it. This squad of whiners switches off all too regularly when there’s nothing on a game. I really, really, don’t want to see another slow start and another shite performance.
Let’s see what we get…
See you in the comments. x