Swansea preview, Arsenal miss out on Jadson and Twitter

Morning, lovelies.

Let’s begin with what’s important – Swansea away – before I digress into rambling and moaning. With Spurs dropping points at home to a resilient Wolves (kudos to Frimpong for blowing kisses to the Spuds’ braindead fanbase), tomorrow’s game gives a welcome opportunity to shorten the gap between us.

To many, Swansea would have been the first name picked had they been asked to name relegation certainties. If you’ve taken the time to watch them thus far, you’ll know they’re anything but. They pass the ball well, they’ve plenty of pace in attack and boast a mean defensive record in their own stadium – I think they’ve conceded as little as 4 goals own their own turf. They’re no mugs and they certainly deserve our respect.

The openness and intricate nature of their play should suit us. Where we struggle against the lumbering high-ball merchants, we thrive against those willing to try and out-pass us, so I expect a tough game tomorrow, but ultimately 3 points. My biggest fear lies in the back four. Mertesacker is still under the weather and a doubt, and we could be looking at Koscielny being partnered by football’s equivalent to the bubonic plague, Sebastien Squillaci.

I expect to see the Gunners start with Szczsney; Miquel, Djourou, Mertesacker, Koscielny; Song, Arteta, Ramsey; Walcott, Arshavin; van Persie.

I think Thierry will be used as an impact substitute for the last 20-30 minutes. His fitness remains a bit of a doubt, and his guile would be far better used sparingly or in the event if having to chase the game late on.

Moving on, I was disappointed to hear that Shaktar Donetsk’s Brazilian playmaker, Jadson, has been sold for the paltry sum of ?8m. He’s a player I’ve always thought looked like he’d fit into our system and I can’t help but think we’ve missed a trick there. For that price, he was looking like real bargain. Oh well, there’s always time for a signing in January…

That news broke on Twitter, and it’s with Twitter I shall finish my post. I’ve been spending quite a while attempting to drum up some trade for my account (@Puddleduck1978) and it’s not as easy as I thought. It’s competitive world out there in the Goonerverse with many bloggers all jostling for position. Whilst I love the banter and jovial nature of the majority of fans’ exchanges, you do see the ugly side of social networking on occasion. The vitriol and bile people are prepared to throw at one another from the safe confines of a mobile phone or PC terminal is unbelievable at times. Twitter is now an integral part of being a blogger, and a tool I’ll continue to use in order to further my little site, but I can see that someday it’s going to land someone in a whole host of trouble. Just look at what happened to that racist cow on the subway.

Tweet safely and responsibly, folks.

That’s me done for today, I’m off to enjoy my last day of freedom before work and urge the Gooners to get 3 points. Leave a comment, and thanks for reading, you beautiful bastards.

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