Starting XI against Everton and team news.

The Everton players recoiled in horror at Alex Song's new hairstyle

FA Premiership, Wednesday, March 21st: Everton Vs Arsenal

Good morning, football fans.

Ahh, the beautiful game is back. How I’ve missed its warm embrace.

Today, we have the opportunity to further cement our quest for automatic qualification into the Champions League and continue the current rich vein of form. In recent weeks, the team has played with swagger and verve, but it’s these tricky away fixtures in which we traditionally come unstuck.

Everton are a good outfit, and David Moyes is an excellent manager. They’ll b up for the occasion and ready to play in a manner that stifles our creativity. I expect them to come out and have a go at us.

One player who’ll know their set up and the ground especially well is Mikel Arteta. Having become a crowd favourite after many good seasons in a blue shirt, he had this to ay about returning in the away dressing room:

ā??Itā??s going to be weird to sit in the other changing room, warming up in the opposite half of the pitch and having the crowd against us. I just want to enjoy it.”

I really canā??t wait to go there, and I hope Iā??ll get a good reception because I gave Everton everything I had in my time there and I love the club.

“Everyone there was great to me and, even though I left, hopefully people understood. Thereā??s no reason for any of us to be unhappy with each other.ā?

When he was an Everton player, Arteta was one of those opponents I greatly admired, and I can’t imagine the Goodison faithful giving him anything other than a warm welcome in thanks for his efforts.

The team news is looking good. There are no fresh injury concerns ahead of kick-off, so I expect Arsene Wenger to go with the same team that started against Newcastle 9 days ago – that feels like an eternity. Abou Diaby completed 60 minutes for the reserves -and scored – but is not expected to make the squad. I think the team will be:

Sczcsney: Sagna, Gibbs, Vermaelen, Koscielny; Song, Arteta, Rosicky, Walcott, Oxlade-Chamberlain; van Persie

Everton will give us a game, there’s no doubt in my mind, but if we play at our current level I expect us to emerge victorious. With Chelsea and Spurs both in action, a win is needed to keep up the pressure on our neighbours and retain the distance between us and Abramovich’s mob, who I think will beat Man City.

That’s yer lot, folks. Enjoy the game wherever you maybe be watching it and thanks for reading, you beautiful bastards. Take a moment to comment and follow me on Twitter – @_ArmchairGooner finish

I’ll end today with a ‘thank you’ to all of you reading. Yesterday was my most successful day as a blogger. I amassed over 15,000 hits, and I’d like to extend my gratitude to all of you who made it possible – even the ones that like to post abusive comments. Especially you guys…

12 Comments

  1. teamgunners

    you beautiful bastard tooo

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  2. AKILO MARTINS LUTHER

    WITH THAT GREAT LINE UP,WE(ARSENAL) CAN BE 3-0 WIN AT THE END.

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  3. N11gooner

    i read your blog everyday and its the one i enjoy the most! I feel like we have the same views about our beloved team and i like the fact that your behind the gunners 100%. I hate reading blogs where they just slate the team and manager week in week out! Keep it up mate, great work. Id follow you on twitter if i could my head round using it!! Hahaha. A.T.I.D

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    1. James 'Raul' Stokes (Post author)

      Thanks! Much appreciated.

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  4. simon okongo- KIU western campus uganda

    its a good line up that can tear everton fc apart with atleast a 4-1 win for arsenal since the driving force thomas rosicky is at is best

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  5. R2bees

    Fuck ur asshole 4 calin us bastard

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    1. James 'Raul' Stokes (Post author)

      It’s meant as a jokey compliment, you dopey sod.

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  6. Ajala Taofik

    You don,t change a winning team. I think you are right with your selection. Gervinoh and Santos to come in the 2nd half.
    The game will end in 1-2 in favour of the Gunners.

    Thanks
    Ajala Taofik

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  7. Alhassan Mohammed

    very good line up am expecting win today Insha Allah but wedon’t won’t see ramzy in this game mr wenger am glad see Rosicky and Chambalin in de starting line up

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  8. Fredrick Lewis

    thats very promising line up that can deliver keep going the gunners.

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  9. mitchellafc

    Hi! Good post, and contrats on your most successful day yesterday! I’m a long time reader of your blog, but hardly ever comment for some reason (even though I actually take time to read the comments lol!), and enjoy reading it!
    On a side note, just wondered if anyone can help a Gooner in need? Does anybody know of a site where I can watch the full match but NOT live (a BIG ask, I know!), because I’ll sadly miss it tonight due to a 6 a side match I’m playing in. Or otherwise a good site where I can watch extended highlights?
    Thanks in advance, keep on Gunning!

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    1. mog

      match of the day if your in britian.

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