What a few days it’s been. Barring the obvious horrors of recent football, I’ve been working far, far too hard for my liking. As I type, my weary bones creak and ache and I’ve bags the size of lemons underneath my eyelids. I look like a distressed Panda.
Mercifully for you lovely people, I retained just enough energy to write this post last night before a well earned snooze. Yesterday I discussed Arsene Wenger and some of the reaction to the notion of him being elsewhere next season. Seems to me the camp is almost completely split down the middle on that one. I’m still unsure myself, often veering wildly from one extreme to the other.
However, there is a slight glimmer of good news today and that comes, according to 888sport in the form of no suspension being handed to either Kieran Gibbs or Alex Oxlade-Chamberlaim after the Andre Mariner fiasco of Saturday.
I’m unsure how we’ve managed to avoid any ban at all given we had a player sent for an early bath, but I’ll assume we have a keen legal team behind closed doors eager to exploit loopholes in moments like this. Whatever the reason, it’s good to know we won’t lose another player.
On the subject of players, I’ve seen a few dubious rumours floating about that state we could be in for some rotation in tonight’s game with Swansea. We all know that a reaction is needed and a positive one. I daren’t think of the atmosphere amongst supporters should an infinitely winnable home fixture go pear shaped. Arsenal are under a total media blackout at present, so it’s tough to guess what Arsene will do, but I doubt we’ll see wholesale changes, but maybe the odd surprise. With “clear the air talks” alleged to have taken place I wouldn’t be shocked to see a few players axed, in the short-term if nothing else.
Fabianski in for Szczesny seems to be the main idea floating about, followed closely for Yaya Sanogo coming in for the much-maligned Olivier Giroud. Laurent Koscielny will definitely miss the game with a calf injury, but aside from the usual list of absentees, everyone should be just fine. Notably, Chuba Akpom has returned from his loan at Coventry. Abou Diaby isn’t included in the squad as he’s currently in Amsterdam entertaining tourist for remarkably reasonable rates.
My totally wild guess at the team, assuming a few rumours are true, would be:
This is the part where I’d put in a graphic, but I can’t, Why? Because of fu*king Google surveys preventing me from doing so. I’ll guess at a team of Fabianski; Sagna, Gibbs, Mertesacker, Vermaelen; Flamini, Chamberlain, Gnabry, Rosicky, Cazorla; Sanogo.
Victory today is essential. We’ve a decent chance to do so as Swansea aren’t exactly riding the crest of a wave at present, but they’ll fancy their chances having seen up capitulate so breathtakingly. What I hope to see is the players come flying out of the blocks eager to make amends and a couple of early goals. Should the game go into the 2nd half still goalless, the nerves are going to start jangling and that is something we have to avoid.
I’m going to say a routine 2-0 victory. I don’t want to consider anything else. The thought is bloody awful.
That’s all from me, folks. All that remains is for your thoughts in the comments. Let me know your views on rotation and the players you’d select. Tomorrow I’ll be back with more, until then and as always; thanks for reading, you beautiful bastards.