Morning, ladies and germs.
The FA Cup is a great competition. Over the years, Mr. Wenger has, on occasion, viewed it as a lesser priority than either the Premiership or the Champions League, and our results have suffered accordingly. Financially, securing 4th spot in the league is important, but I want a cup, damn it. I want something solid to show at the end of the season, something for the fans to celebrate, and not the accounts.
Would I sacrifice 4th to win the FA Cup? Absolutely.
With that in mind, I’d be hoping for a strong line-up today against Villa, however, with a trip to Bolton on Wednesday, I think we’ll see a weakened team. Sagna, Arteta and Henry should all be fit enough to find a place in the squad, and the return of all 3 is a welcome boost. At a guess, Our starting XI could look a bit like this:
Szczsney; Sagna, Koscielny, Vermaelen, Miquel; Arteta, Song, Benayoun; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Arshavin; Park.
Given the amount of games they’ve played, Walcott and Ramsey could do with a bit of a rest, and there is an outside chance he’d go with Thierry as the lone frontman. Park is yet to convince anyone, but he does deserve a chance to impress. Maybe today he can do just that. I wouldn’t be surprised to see RvP not even in the squad.
I’m going to stick my neck out and say that team can sneak a 2-1 victory, although Villa have dangerous, pacey attackers who we’ll need to be wary of. If we were to lose, then I imagine the cacophony of boos ringing around the ground will put last week to shame. It’s a pity we are at this stage of supporter unrest, but I can’t say it’s something I disagree with. The club owe us better, the team is a few injuries away from total implosion and we’ve not shown such poor league form in decades. Today, a good result and performance could work wonders, Wenger should consider that in his team selection.
Transfer news is, as always, frustrating. The People report we tried with an £8m bid for Podolski but his club were unwilling to sell in January, as I imagine most are. With the wild concoctions of Twitter serving as the only other variations, I think it’s fair to say we’ll be ‘as you are’ until the summer.
That’s yer lot, folks. Enjoy the game today, leave a comment below and follow me on Twitter @Puddleduck1978.