There are many out there who believe that entire seasons can be defined through simple, brief moments; instances that occur and act to shape what follows. Whilst it would be foolish to assume our fortunes lie solely with getting a result tomorrow, I do consider a favourable result to have significant baring. If we can win, and do so having put in a commanding performance, then our stock will rise; Arsenal could be title contenders.
Having said that, I don’t view defeat as bringing with it the opposite reaction. It’s an important game, of that there is no mistake, but at this juncture, it’s truly too early to tell how things may or may not pan out.
I think the game will be a tight affair, and City’s undeniable talent in the attacking areas offers our new look defence its biggest test. Our opponents may not be the most harmonious bunch, but they have talent in abundance. Our beloved ex-player, Samir Nasri, will miss the game – presumably with a ruptured vagina.
We know Szczsney is absent for the next couple of weeks, and I’d say it’s highly unlikely Jack will be risked even as a named substitute. The strikers position is an interesting one, and I think Wenger will opt against Giroud and operate with the same ‘false 9’ formation we deployed against Southampton; Gervinho, The Ox and Podolski will all be interchangeable – similar to the 4-6-0 formation Spain use. I would also expect the defence to be unchanged, with the centre of the park to consist of a fully-fit triumvirate; Diaby, Arteta and our little Spanish magician.
I go into the game today with considerable optimism. Of late, this Arsenal team have looked greatly improved in both defence and attack. We have goals in us from various places, and the back four appear to have greater focus. We can get a result tomorrow, of that I have no doubt. It will be a big test for us, but if we want success we need to start passing some of these tests. Hopefully, we’ll have something to smile about come 6pm tonight.
Thanks for reading today, you wonderful lifeforms. What are you views on the team? Would you start with Giroud, or maybe Coquelin for extra stability in midfield? Let me know in the comments.
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