Red Star Belgrade (H): Team News & Starting Line-up.

Howdy, folks.

I hope these words find you well, rested, nourished and generally content. I’m all of the aforementioned; currently sat in my office drinking gin at 12:30 in the afternoon and enjoying a well-earned rest away from the trials and tribulations of life in a kitchen. Things are all gravy. Things are quite delightful.

The footballing world might be awash with slobbering praise for Spurs after their performance to defeat Real Madrid, but I’ve started to find that life is a good deal more enjoyable if you simply ignore the masses of folks who’ll use such an occurrence to enable their cr*ppy agendas. You’ll all know what I mean. Paying attention to it only gives it the oxygen it needs to exist. We are the Arsenal and we don’t need to worry about what our noisy neighbours are doing. Some of our fans might need to be politely reminded of that. They know who they are…

Instead, lets just pretend that the Europa League is a fabulous competition and Red Star Belgrade are a household name in European football – no offence to our Serbian friends. Tonight at the Emirates I’m sure we’ll see some heavy rotation from the side that played against Swansea at the weekend. Certainly absent will be Mustafi, Kolasinac, Ospina, Welbeck and the Santi Cazorla, who I’m not entirely sure still exists… A whole host of our ‘regulars’ will likely find themselves either on the bench or not in the squad at all, leaving the proverbial door open for the likes of Jack Wilshere to put in a noteworthy performance and maybe put forward a claim for regular selection.

I’m totally guessing at the line-up, I reckon we’ll see Giroud start up top with Walcott and Iwobi, Coquelin and Wilshere in the central midfield rolls and a back 5 (including wing backs) of Maitland-Niles, Nelson, Holding, Elneny and Debuchy. Matt Macey will make another start in goal and as a fellow South West-ian, I’m really pleased for him. The subs bench could feature a mixture of youth and experience given our opponents are a decent outfit. As another guess, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Eddie Nketiah get some minutes again tonight, but I would doubt he’ll get the start many have been clamouring for – there’s no need to rush anything, even if he did manage to accomplish more in 10 minutes against Norwich than some of his teammates did in 90.

All in all, I’m assuming we’ll do the business with minimal fuss. Red Star Belgrade offered us greater problems in front of their own crowd than I expect them to muster this evening. A late Olivier Giroud goal sealed that victory in the final minutes in Belgrade, tonight I would expect to see us given them a good hiding and open the scoring a little earlier. I’ll go for a 4-0 win with goals from Giroud (2), Walcott and Wilshere. Our handsome French friend is down with William Hill as most likely to open the scoring. 

That’s all for today, folks. Assuming I get the required moments, I’ll return tomorrow with more, maybe a review of the game and other such moments of great wonderment for you all. In the meantime, why not leave a comment below with your thoughts on the team and how you think the match will pan out this evening.

As always; thanks for reading, you beautiful bastards.

Soundtrack to this post:

Spirit Catcher – ‘Dirty Circuit”

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