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FA Premiership, April 8th: Arsenal Vs Manchester City

Warm, generous and slightly awkward match-day hugs to you, fairest of reader.

This bank holiday week has really thrown me off. I know it’s Sunday, I keep thinking it’s Tuesday or Wednesday. I forgot yesterday was Saturday until I noticed there were Premiership games on. The fact Newcastle played on a Friday nearly made my brain explode.

Sunderland played out a eye-gaugingly tedious draw with Spurs yesterday, and added that little bit of extra incentive to us to get a result today. I saw a bit of the game, I can only liken it to repeatedly hammering a rusty nail into your scrotum in terms of enjoyment. It was that bad – although, I am surprised the greatest striker ever to play the game didn’t add to his glowing resumé  of brilliance…

So today is flirting dangerously with that ‘must win’ bracket. I say “flirting”; it’s not quite fully entering it, but the ground work has been put down and its looking a possibility. There’s already been plenty of heavy petting. She’s not intending to drive home until the morning. I don’t know what the fuck I’m talking about now…

Focus, James…

The team news coming out of the club doesn’t hold much in the way of actual ‘news’. Mostly, it’s just confirmations that there are no fresh issues or troubles amongst the players, and those that are long-term absentees aren’t going to be featuring.

It’ll be interesting to see how we line up. It’s universally agreed with fans that playing Ramsey on the left wasn’t particularly successful, so I’ll be a little upset if we opt for the same XI we deployed at Loftus Road. As he did so well against the other Manchester club, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could have an effect on the game, if selected.

I want to see him start. He has the raw, unbridled, unshakable enthusiasm to beat his man and create something. He appears impervious to criticism. If I was a City fan, I wouldn’t want to see him starting the game. He’d frighten seven shades of Christ out of me.

I’d opt for a starting XI of:

Szczsney; Sagna, Gibbs, Koscielny, Vermaelen; Arteta, Song, Rosicky, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Walcott, van Persie. 

With their title race swiftly heading for the toilet, this game represents make-or-break for City. Win, and they keep themselves in the hunt. Lose, and I think United will be too far ahead for the to catch within the remaining games. They’ll be up for it, and should come to attack us. I hope Nasri starts, the irksome little ponce. I can’t sufficiently express my disdain for the money-grabbing little rodent, and I’d love for him to be on the loosing side and experience a bit of how passionate and vociferous The Emirates really can be.

If we put in a performance like the games against Spurs and Milan, if we play with that kind of tempo, we can beat them. I’m going to bravely predict we’ll secure three points with a 3-1 victory. We seem to be able to up our game for these fixtures. Make no mistake, City have excellent players, and if we don’t up our level of performance, we could get a thumping. The defence, first of all, need to be back to its best – without Vermaelen sliding and blundering all over the place.

I hope you enjoy the game wherever you may be tuning-in, folks. I’ll be stuck at work catering for inconsiderate morons who’ve decided to get married. My enjoyment will be hampered considerably. Radio5 Live is about the best I can hope for. Great, Alan Green…

Thanks for reading, you beautiful bastards. Please take a moment to comment with your thoughts and follow me on Twitter – @_ArmchairGooner

4 Comments

  1. Maverick Gooner

    “I can only liken it to repeatedly hammering a rusty nail into your scrotum in terms of enjoyment” – ha ha, you’re right, it was that bad.

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  2. offiong

    Quit d job mate. And follow Ʊ’я?̲ heart desires. ??ξ Arsenal

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    1. James 'Raul' Stokes (Post author)

      There’s a good idea!

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  3. bspokeon

    “I hope Nasri starts, the irksome little ponce. I can??t sufficiently express my disdain for the money-grabbing little rodent,…” – Wow, couldn’t have put it better myself. Sorry you can’t watch the game mate, but I’ll be chuffed if we get the 3 points whether it’s 3-1 or 1-0! Up the Gunners!!!!

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