Today’s preview is the second I’ve written. In my own inimitable fashion, I penned one last night for A Bergkamp Wonderland’s new piece of branching out entitled ‘Bergy Blog’ You can, should your heart desire, have a little browse of that by clicking here. Come on back once you’re done.
We all know how important today is. The season may be in its infant stages, but this game will always have significance because it’s Spurs. With our rowdy neighbours’ splurge in the transfer market so frequently held up in comparison to Arsenal’s parsimonious and faltering attempts, some pundits believe the Tinny Tots are finally overtaking us.
Does that sound familiar to you? At some point, there is bound to be a ex-Spurs no-mark flapping his gums on the radio exclaiming how far ahead his previous employers are, how they’ve purchased so very well this window. Blah, blah, blah…
Arsenal have been superior for 15 years unquestionably, and those rare occasions where Tottenham triumph ahead of us are mere blemishes. They could win today, they might finish higher than us come May, but without doing so consistently, they won’t overtake us. That is simple fact. Until that happens, it’s not even a debate. We are Arsenal. F**k Tottenham.
The team news sees the expected absence of Podolski to the hamstring injury sustained on Tuesday, the welcome return of Koscielny from suspension, and a probable place on the substitutes bench for our super-signing, Mathieu Flamini.
Given lack of depth, the side that takes to the field shouldn’t be too dissimilar from the 11 that started against Fenerbahce. I’d guess at something like this:
I’ve high hopes for today. There are currently no nerves fluttering about my stomach causing my bowels to react alarmingly. We have enough in the locker to beat Spurs regardless of who the may have signed. On our day, on our own pitch, I’d fancy us to be able to match up to anyone. We have quality in the team, our only trouble is how much depth we have in reserve.
I’m going to predict 2-0 and a fairly tame game – purely because I’m expecting a furious high-scoring spectacle. There are bragging rights to play for, so lets be seeing a proper performance from The Arsenal today. That, and a few signings before 11pm on Monday, and we might just be sitting pretty ready to surprise a few folks. Alternatively, we might lose and the Internet with explode under the pressure of keyboard warriors, but we shan’t think about that.
All that remains is for a friendly gesture toward the comments from me, and to ask of your predictions. What do you think the score will be? Are you confident or filled with dread? Let me know.
As always; thanks for reading, you beautiful bastards.