FA Premiership, April 11th: Wolves Vs Arsenal
Midweek football greetings, delicious reader.
I’ve got a cold. I know you tune into these posts primarily to hear about the latest Arsenal news, and I apologise for what is about to follow. I’m a man, I’m unwell and you know what? I’m going to have a moan until I get a little sympathy.
My head hurts. My eyes are glazed over, leaving with me the shifty glare of a drug-addled deviant. Worst of all, I can’t stop spraying sneezes across the room as if my nose were the barrel of a shotgun. I think I may have killed the cat…
Anyways, enough moaning. I’m sorry. You didn’t need or want to hear all that.
Tonight, it’s all about the Arse.
Spurs’ hilarious faltering at home to the mighty Norwich has left us with the ideal opportunity to put some distance between them and us – 5 points worth of distance, to be precise.
Usually, these are the type of games I’d expect Arsenal to do something silly in. However, I’m going to take heart from those previous mistakes and put a little faith in the team and their ability to learn from them. The QPR defeat wasn’t exactly our crowning glory; merely a momentary blip in what was otherwise an excellent period of form. Beating City and dominating them has put us back onto the track for 3rd place, and I fully expect us to brush aside Wolves tonight exuding minimal fuss.
The only major absentee will be Laurent Koscielny who picked up a yellow on Sunday and is now banned for the next two matches. He’ll be a big loss against a team that is certain to attempt to exploit our perceived weaknesses in defence by pumping long balls into the area. He of the enormous eyebrows, Johan Djourou, will deputise. Gervinho sat out the City game with a minor ankle knock, but should return to the squad and Kieran Gibbs is unlikely to play because of what Arsene Wenger curiously called a “fatigued groin” – an ailment that plagued my teenage years.
My guess at the line up is:
Szczsney; Sagna, Santos, Djourou, Vermaelen; Song, Arteta, Rosicky, Ramsey, Walcott; van Persie.
I’m often confused by the choice to play Ramsey on the left. Wenger seems happier in opting for a ball-retentive player there than he does with the impact and pace of Chamberlain – a player I’m perhaps a little too enthusiastic about starting games. Whether it be the Wales captain, or Yossi Benayoun, playing a player unaccustomed to wing-play on the left side of midfield does strike me as strange.
Having said that, it’s a strong 11 and one fully capable of dispatching Wolves with comfort. Of course, this is football, and things are rarely as easy and straightforward as we expect them to be. Wolves may be plunging quickly towards the abyss of Championship football, but we shouldn’t allow any complacency to creep into our minds. Winning is vitally important. Keep the momentum going and we’ll get 3rd. It’s ours to throw away now. Lets make sure we keep a hold of it.
That’s all for today, folks. I’m off to bed before the game starts tonight. I’ve sneezed 9 times whilst writing this. I hope you enjoy the game from wherever you may be watching it.
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