Starting XI against Sunderland, FA Cup, Whizzy, Mertesacker, Gervinho, train journeys and Arsenal’s alleged ‘clear out’.

Morning, fellow Gooners and friends from across the world.

Not having a laptop can sometimes hamper my ability to blog. Whereas I assume most can enjoy the comfort of keying their posts from a delicious terminal, or sat cosily on a sofa; I have to utilise my IPhone and write at the first available place.

Today, that place is a peculiar combination of the floor of my girlfriend’s place and on a train to the ‘big smoke’. Currently, I’m sat with my girlfriend’s cat in her kitchen – she’s still snoozing away in bed, blissfully unaware of my absence. Whizzy and I are curled up together in front of the Aga. Here’s some photographic evidence:

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Yesterday, a lot of tabloids reported a crisis meeting that occurred at London Colney in the aftermath of the Milan fiasco. Wenger, a man usually known for blindly defending his players, is alleged to have let rip both barrels at the faltering assembled masses. Of course, no one can know with any certainty what was said, but the concept of a few bollockings being administered does please me. About time, too.

A ‘clear out’ over the summer is needed. We have the makings of a very good team, we have some excellent players and youthful prospects with a very bright future. However, we’re carrying dross. Certain players not pulling their weight (you all know who they are) should be dispatched with haste when the opportunity arises and replaced with those who are capable of filling certain criteria we lack – creativity in midfield, passion, leadership, etc.

If I was the manager, Theo Walcott’s name would be one of those on the list, albeit with a large question mark next to it. For too long, Theo has been an enigma; potentially devastating, but too often unbelievably shit-awful. Season after season, he flatters to deceive. For the wages he expects in his new contract, without a marked improvement, he simply isn’t worth it. Moving him on is a very realistic notion.

So to today’s game; Sunderland, the FA Cup and our only remaining chance of silverware. Forehead has returned from the AFCON and is available for selection, and with the absence of Per Mertesacker for quite a considerable period of time it’s good news to have somebody back and fit. Rotation of the squad is very likely, yet I don’t imagine it will be as drastic and noticeable as seasons past. The criminally overworked Robin van Persie should be rested, Laurent Koscielny is injured, but other than those two omissions, I expect a strong side to take the field. Putting in a performance and progressing to next round is how we put Wednesday behind us, and the game should be taken seriously.

My team would be:

Szczsney; Sanga, Vermaelen, Djourou, Gibbs; Coquelin, Arteta, Ramsey; Forehead, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Chamakh

Sunderland will be up for it, and looking to exploit a few our our frailties by putting us under pressure from the start. The stadium will be rocking and in the FA Cup, anything can happen. The players owe us a performance, let’s get behind them today and, with a bit of luck, they’ll give us one.

That’s yer lot today. It’s tricky writing on a train whilst it’s bouncing around, so I’m going to finish up. Thanks for reading, you beautiful bastards. Take a moment to comment and follow my Twitter account – @_ArmchairGooner.

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4 Responses to Starting XI against Sunderland, FA Cup, Whizzy, Mertesacker, Gervinho, train journeys and Arsenal’s alleged ‘clear out’.

  1. am not contented with this team,i think we need RVP in this crucial match

  2. Kelvin

    U re very right.theo walcot shuld b d first 2 b axe…considerin d yrs he has spent in d team,no improvement.folow re charmakh,arshavin,djouro,squilachi,infact they shuld send diabi packin bcos he is of no use 2 us.get hazard,podoski and m’villa.d team wil b compatible and sharp again

  3. Ramsey shouldn’t be playing for Arsenal Midfield,cos he ‘s not playing like a midfielder..

  4. joe mac

    Team should be : Szczsney; Sanga, Vermaelen, Song , Gibbs, Coquelin, Arteta, Ramsey, Gervinho, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Rvp. Rvp has to play of course, starting chamakh would be a big mistake, also id drop djouror and theo to the bench put song at CB and coquelin at CDM

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