The Armchair Gooner

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The Arsenal starting XI for the game against Everton.

FA Premiership: Wednesday Nov 28th, Everton (a)

Morning folks.

First up – apologies for the lack of a post yesterday. It was one of those days that I cant avoid; busy, busy, and thoroughly annoying. There are restrictions placed upon me, the humble lone blogger, and sometimes I just don’t have enough hours in the day. I’m sure you’ll find it in your hearts to forgive me – or perhaps you’re muttering obscenities to yourself as you read this. Either way, I’m sorry!

Today, we’ve an important game. Underneath the floodlights of Goodison we face a tough test, and we’ll be needing all of our mettle to come through it with a point or three to show. The Toffee’s early season flourish may have been temporarily replaced by a period of meandering, but make no mistake, folks; they’re a side capable of beating anyone on their own patch.

Today’s team news brings with it something of a surprise. A man who I had assumed ceased to exist, or had been abducted by a alien race intent on studying fragile footballers, Tomas Rosicky, makes a return to full training. He won’t be available for the game tonight, but it’s good to have another creative option in the squad.

Returning to the starting line up we should see both Wilshere and Walcott, and I expect the Boss to name his strongest available team – I’d be hard pushed to say who he’ll partner Mertesacker with – if at all – but my guess is Vermaelen will return to take the captaincy.

I’d go with this team:

There’s an unwelcome funk and malaise to Arsenal at the moment. Where we expect dedication and enthusiasm on the pitch, too often we’ve seen lethargy and floundering. The reasons why are irrelevant to me tonight. There’s a time and place for critiquing and debate, I personally chose to put that to one side on match days.

When I look across the team, I see players capable of far better than they’ve shown. If they perform to their standards, to the ability they clearly have, then we can get a result. If, however, they turn in another performance as woeful as those recently, I doubt we’ll have anything to discuss after ninety minutes is up other than another maelstrom of petty bickering between supporters.

I’ll be certainly hoping for the former. Arsenal are due a really good performance. Seasons can turn around on the back of single games, tonight could very well be one of those occasions. The shining optimist in me predicts 2-0 to the Arsenal, the misanthropic pessimist thinks he’s a fucking idiot. We shall see who’s right.

That’s all for today, folks. The comments await your thoughts on the team. How would you put the team out? Which side of my personality do you agree with? Let me know. Thanks for reading, you beautiful bastards. I shall return tomorrow with a review of the game.

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