Villa in town, bid turned down and reasons not to frown.

Morning, ladies and germs.

The FA Cup is a great competition. Over the years, Mr. Wenger has, on occasion, viewed it as a lesser priority than either the Premiership or the Champions League, and our results have suffered accordingly. Financially, securing 4th spot in the league is important, but I want a cup, damn it. I want something solid to show at the end of the season, something for the fans to celebrate, and not the accounts.

Would I sacrifice 4th to win the FA Cup? Absolutely.

With that in mind, I’d be hoping for a strong line-up today against Villa, however, with a trip to Bolton on Wednesday, I think we’ll see a weakened team. Sagna, Arteta and Henry should all be fit enough to find a place in the squad, and the return of all 3 is a welcome boost. At a guess, Our starting XI could look a bit like this:

Szczsney; Sagna, Koscielny, Vermaelen, Miquel; Arteta, Song, Benayoun; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Arshavin; Park.

Given the amount of games they’ve played, Walcott and Ramsey could do with a bit of a rest, and there is an outside chance he’d go with Thierry as the lone frontman. Park is yet to convince anyone, but he does deserve a chance to impress. Maybe today he can do just that. I wouldn’t be surprised to see RvP not even in the squad.

I’m going to stick my neck out and say that team can sneak a 2-1 victory, although Villa have dangerous, pacey attackers who we’ll need to be wary of. If we were to lose, then I imagine the cacophony of boos ringing around the ground will put last week to shame. It’s a pity we are at this stage of supporter unrest, but I can’t say it’s something I disagree with. The club owe us better, the team is a few injuries away from total implosion and we’ve not shown such poor league form in decades. Today, a good result and performance could work wonders, Wenger should consider that in his team selection.

Transfer news is, as always, frustrating. The People report we tried with an £8m bid for Podolski but his club were unwilling to sell in January, as I imagine most are. With the wild concoctions of Twitter serving as the only other variations, I think it’s fair to say we’ll be ‘as you are’ until the summer.

That’s yer lot, folks. Enjoy the game today, leave a comment below and follow me on Twitter @Puddleduck1978.

2 thoughts on “Villa in town, bid turned down and reasons not to frown.”

  1. The growth of modern sport and William Hill go hand in hand. As the recognition of competitive sport blossomed through post war years, so did the existence of sports wagering facilities. None more so that William Hill wagering shops which have since come to be the feature out of high street life across the UK. For many years, assuming there has been a sporting show taking place, a person is certain that the local William Hill shop is hectic. Incredibly, this tradition has-been maintained even in today’s on the web world, with William Hill activities offering the very best at internet sports gambling options.

Leave a comment. Go on, you know you wanna...