UEFA Champions League: Tuesday Nov 6th, Schalke (a)
I chose not to post yesterday becuase I figured a days rest from all the hullabaloo and outrage would do me good. It’s kind of worked…
I’m still unhappy with the team’s performance on Saturday. However I may feel towards the ongoing shenanigans at the club, and the various speculatory tales of unrest and discontent; I’ve come to the conclusion that it all amounts to nothing on match day – supporting our team, regardless of how irked we may be, is of paramount importance.
With that in mind, I’ll focus on the game tonight, and it’s a big one.
Schalke proved at the Emirates that they are a class team. They’ve a solid, organised base sprinkled with talented folks like Huntelaar, Affelay and Holtby. On their own patch, roared on by their rather splendid fans, they are a match for anyone. Only our very best can be on display tonight if we hope to leave with any sort of result.
The teams news isn’t promising. Theo Walcott has been struck by a mystery ailment and is rated as highly unlikely to play, as is Aaron Ramsey. Chamberlian is expected to be ready for selection, and there are a few rumours that state Szczsney could be back too. The other notable absentees – Diaby, Rosicky, Gibbs, Gervinho – are no further to a return.
Then there’s Calamity Santos. Wether you’re a fan or not, it’s impossible to dispute his form – defensively – has been woeful, and I’m of the opinion he shouldn’t play tonight. Partly for his own sake, partly for the sake of the team, but mostly for my sanity. Vermaelen can play left-back, as can Sagna. Slotting either Koscielny or Jenkinson into their vacant positions seems a far better idea than subjecting our chubby Brazilian to any more torment.
It’s difficult to predict a team tonight, because I wouldn’t be surprised to see Arsene throw in a wild-card, or something to shake things up a bit. Wilshere could be rested after his exploits at the weekend, but I would guess at that not being the case, given the game’s magnitude. My best prediction would be:
I know many of you disagree regarding Santos, and your opinions are always respected by me. However, I can’t see how putting him in tonight benefits anyone – allowing himself to play back into form is one thing, it’s a huge risk in an important game.
We face a tough task tonight, and I hope to see a bit of the fight and determination that’s been sadly lacking in our league form. We need a performance tonight, we’re due a performance. Let’s hope the players show us what they can really do and we get one.
I’ll go for the extraordinarily bold prediction of 2-0 to the Arsenal.
Thanks for reading today, you beautiful bastards. Allow yourself a moment to indulge in the wonderful comments section below. What are your thoughts on Santos and the team? Let me know.
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