Right, you’re in for the a horrendously short preview today as I’m currently suffering with an upset stomach – nothing to do with nerves – and I have little or no inclination to write, other than for the sake of you wonderful people who read everyday, of course.
It’s a big ask tonight. Trailing 2-0 down and headed to the home of, arguably, the finest Club side strutting their stuff in Europe at present. We have little or nothing to lose. Trawling through the majority of the best sports betting sites, it’s very clear that the opinion amongst media and fans alike is that Arsenal stand little or no chance of progression.
The team news is mixed. Kieran Gibbs and Nacho Monreal both miss out, so we are looking at the prospect of either Vermaelen or Flamini deputising at left-back. I’d imagine that’ll be our Belgian skipper as Flamini is far more use centrally. Lukas Fabianski will continue of goal thanks to Szczesny’s suspension. Neither Aaron Ramsey or Kim Kallstrom have recovered in time. Abou Diaby is unavailable due to prior commitments advertising porridge in Southern America.
Rotation isn’t looking likely given Arsene’s comments about winning:
“It is a possible task, that is the most important thing. My team has quality and ambition. History is important in our belief. We know we can do it, because we have already done it (before).
“The way to win is to produce a top-level performance and turn up with quality and belief.
“The statistics are against us, but we have won 5-1 at Inter, we have won everywhere in Europe,” he said. “We have had a few good nights in Europe but it would be absolutely great (if we won tomorrow).”
My guess at the team would be:
I hope we have a good go at them tonight. Given the fact we beat them on their own patch last season, any element of surprise will be absent and I’m sure that defeat will be ringing around their ears courtesy of Guardiloa’s team talk. There’s nothing to lose, so why not go an have a right good try at it? Should we manage to pinch an early goal and put the heebee-geebees in Bayern, who knows what could happen. I shall predict a draw on the night, I’m afraid, and eventual elimination for Arsenal.
That’s all from me, folks. use the comments to discuss your thoughts on the game and the team selection. With a huge game at Spurs this Sunday, do you think Arsene should rotate the players or field our strongest available and go for a win? Let me know your thoughts.
I shall return tomorrow with a review of the game. Until then, and as always; thanks for reading, you beautiful bastards.