Afternoon, boys and girls.
Tomorrow’s game is undoubtedly a hugely important one. We all remember that shambolic day in August where words like ‘humiliation’ and ‘woeful’ barely offered an apt description. To this day, I’ve been unable to watch even a second of the game itself. The club was in utter disarray. Things may not have improved greatly since, but they have improved. Players like Arteta – sadly missing from the team tomorrow – and Mertesacker have added to our stability and, until the injury demons struck, we were showing signs of looking like a quality side.
Worryingly, however, recent weeks have seen a regression in our play. Defeats at Swansea and Fulham have exposed the frailties of the squad once a few players are out of action – I shudder to think what an injury to Robin van Persie would do to us. Senior players like RvP have spoken about a need for revenge and the hunger in the squad to do so, but I feel in order to accomplish that we’ll need a different approach than to simply go out and play “the Arsenal way”. We have accept missing a recognised full-back will hamper the way we play, and it’s in those areas United will look to exploit us the most.
I think we should look to deploy the pressing game Swansea put to such good affect against us. We need to huddle, harass and get in their faces when we don’t have the ball. With news filtering around Twiiter regarding Thomas Vermaelen being fit for the game, I opt for a line up of:
Szczsney; Djourou, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Vermaelen; Song, Ramsey, Rosicky; Walcott, Arshavin; van Persie
I’d slightly give Rosicky the edge over Yossi Benayoun, and with Henry racing to be fit in time, we are looking to be a bit short on the bench, where Yossi tends to be more effective.
I’ll be watching the game at home tomorrow with high hopes of a great performance and win. Chelsea have just dropped points against Norwich, so 3 for us has become that little bit more vital.
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