Right…Bloody hell… I’ve not much time in which to scribe this. I must make haste and get straight to the point. I’d have more time but I’ve been a busy fellow indeed, editing bits for the Goonersphere Podcast we’re recording today and engaging in my usual puerile jiggery pokery.
Blather alet. Focus, James. There’s an important match with Coventry City, and before we begin, I like to add my support to their fans looking to protest against the way their Club is being run tonight. If you’re in attendance, show them your support. Problems in football could affect us all. They deserve to be heard.
The team news is as I’d expected. Aaron Ramsey and Mikel Arteta are still out. Theo we know is just beginning the road to recovery. Nicklas Bendtner is fit and should start up front. Abou Diaby and Yaya Sanogo have taken off across America in a VW Camper Van and hope to visit as many landmarks as possible whilst writing a travel blog. Both are out of the squad tonight.
Guessing the team is tricky. Huge changes from our regular starting 11 are very likely, as is the absence of most first team regulars with a trip to Southampton on Tuesday. What will Arsene do? Here’s my best attempt to predict:
Of course, that could very well be wildly inaccurate. We have a few talented youngsters waiting in the wings and this is precisely the type of fixture seen as ideal to give them a taste of first-team football at the Emirates. We have a squad more than capable of dispatching Coventry using our reserves and youngsters. It should be a walk in the park and accompanied by a few goals.
Yet, we can’t be sure. This is, after all, is the Fa Cup, a competition built on the giant killing acts of so-called minnows. Anything could happen, and let’s all hope Arsenal aren’t on the receiving end of any embarrassing headlines come Saturday morning – I still can’t get my head around a match being played at 7:45 on a Friday night. It’s thrown my whole sense of time off this week. I don’t know wether I’m coming or going.
I’ll finish by predicting the outcome. Hmmm… I’ll go for 4-1.
The comments await you, delicious reader. Why not use ’em to share with me and the others your thoughts on who should play and what the final score will be. I’ll return tomorrow to write a review of the game – that’ll be a f**king strange thing to be doing on a Saturday morning. Damn you, BT Sport.
As always, thanks for reading, you beautiful bastards.