Flamini set to return, extra podcast glory and early United thoughts.

The Flame could return to the team tomorrow.

Afternoon, boys ‘n’ girls.

As I type, I’m nursing a hangover. Being not much of a drinker, and old enough to have seen my most exuberant years behind me, I am ill-equipped to deal with it. My head feels as if there’s a full steel band inside relentlessly banging out carnival rhythms. I’m sure I’m not the only person making this declaration on a Saturday afternoon; I think that’ll be last time I allow myself to become inebriated and incapable of doing even the mosts basic of tasks.

Sympathy, please…

Having a browse through today’s news. it appears that The Flame will return to the team tomorrow at Old Trafford having recently come back to full training. That’s certainly good news. Given the magnitude of the fixture, I can see Arsene using both Arteta and Flamini as the holding players, and perhaps sacrifice the bustling industry of Tomas Rosicky.

It’s a huge fixture tomorrow. There are times fans can be too confident. United may have faltered and floundered thus far, they may lack the inspiration of Sir Alex on the touchline in charge, but United are still the champions. We’d be very wise to assume their game will raise to the occasion. It may be one of the better times we’ve lined up against them, but there is still plenty to be wary of.

Even at this stage, I’d take a point from the game and consider that an excellent result. However, don’t mistake my caution for a lack of optimism for the match. An Arsenal team playing well and with the same defensive resolve we’ve shown can beat United, and beat them comfortably. Much has been made about the stern tests we face in November, and excluding a couple of defeats, we have come through the fixtures very well – much to the chagrin of many of those insipid and bias ex-Liverpool pundits.

It’ll be a very interesting match tomorrow, and I’m going to f**king miss it because of work. My only ally will be 5Live and the wonderful folks on Twitter I follow.

Lastly today, I’d like to point those of you who listen to the podcast I co-host with Daniel Cowan toward a recent broadcast he and I featured on. 3 Blokes Talking Arse is a monthly series hosted by the scurrilous Dyllan Munro. It was enormously fun to record. However, it would be wrong of me not to inform potential listeners that it does include profanity on a regular basis. In fact; it is probably one of the most outrageous and offensive Arsenal broadcasts you’ll hear all year.

You can have a listen to it here.

That’s all for today, folks. Tomorrow I’ll have a look at the game and share my thoughts in greater details. Until then, drop me a comment and, as always; thanks for reading, you beautiful bastards.

7 Comments

  1. Veer

    Good to see you posting every day! Hope you continue to do so, I really enjoy your articles. Whenever you have time, could you make up another rap, like you did a few times over the summer? Speaking of rap, eminems new album is AWESOME! Alright, I’ll stop rambling now…

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  2. James 'Raul' Stokes (Post author)

    I’ll see what I can do, Veer.

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  3. Quince

    All this talk of Flamini and Arteta concerns me, Their midfield is poor. Let’s get on top of them and take the game to them!

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  4. Chyke

    Morning James! Luv your podcast! Keep up the good work.

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  5. Me

    Man Citeh didn’t just beat this lot they battered them into humiliating oblivion.
    If Arsenal want to consider themselves in the same bracket as MC & Chels for the title race then they need to take 3 points & ideally win by more than one.

    This is an observation not a prediction.

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  6. mohamed aziz

    Humilating them is the right word go gunners

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  7. fazjac

    I’m seriously hoping we stomp their butts tomorrow, I think we are very capable and I’m sure we’re up for it.

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