FA Premiership, March 24th: Arsenal Vs Aston Villa
Saturday morning and match-day greetings, fellow lifeforms.
We wait what seems like an eternity for Arsenal fixtures to return, and we’ve found ourselves with the luxury of two within quick succession. London buses, and all…
The news regarding injuries and selection are positive. Wednesday’s trip to Goodison provided us with three points and only a few knocks and bruises in exchange. Speaking during yesterday’s press conference, Wenger said:
‚??It is difficult to say but I don‚??t think we have any big problems at all from Everton, just bumps and bruises as ever after a committed game. But no injuries.‚?Ě
“We have time to recover between games now. I felt that the period was even a bit long between Newcastle and Everton so you lose a bit of an edge off the competition sometimes”
I was surprised with the selection of both Rosicky and Ramsey to face Everton, but I’m not sure much will change in terms of selection from that game. With Chamberlain and Gervinho good, pacey and creative attacking options from the bench, I’d take an educated guess at the starting line-up being:
Szczsney; Gibbs, Vermaelen, Koscielny, Sagna; Arteta, Song, Rosicky, Ramsey, Walcott; van Persie
On our own turf, and continuing our good form, I wouldn’t expect anything less than a win against Villa. However, they have proven to be tricky adversaries twice already this year, and with both those games decided by the odd goal, we can expect another test of our character and ability to break teams down.
The only slight concern from the Everton game was profligacy. We need to be a bit more ruthless in front of goal. That game should have been put to bed in the first half hour, but we wasted a few guilt-edged chances and allowed The Toffees a route back into the game. We’ll undoubtedly create against Villa today, we need to make sure we finish them and give ourselves an afternoon that doesn’t further test the bladder strength of the supporters.
In other news, Arsene has spoken on the transfer activity we can look forward to once the window re-opens. Speaking in the same press conference, he continued:
‚??You want to make me say that last year was bad and I agree with you ‚?? last year was terrible for us because we finished on August 31 at 11.55pm and we do not want to repeat that, of course,‚?Ě
‚??We will not be a lot on the market, quantity-wise I mean. Quality-wise, certainly.
‚??But the [maximum] number of the squad is 25. We have many players out on loan and we will take a gamble if we find top, top quality of course.‚?Ě
It’s good to hear him admit that last year’s efforts were nothing short of calamitous. This time around, I believe we can expect better. One of those ‘quality’ additions is much-rumoured to be Lukas Podolski, who was reported yesterday to have completed another medical in what seems an interminable amount. The story in question was released by James Olley, chief football correspondent for the London Evening Standard.
It wouldn’t be fair to critique the validity of a man whose work I’m unfamiliar with, as it could well be perfectly legitimate. That said, I’m of the opinion that until it’s on the official site, it’s a load of balderdash.
That’s me done for today, folks. I hope you enjoy the game wherever you’re watching it. Thanks for reading, you beautiful bastards. Take a moment to comment and follow my Twitter account – @_ArmchairGooner