FA Premiership, Wednesday, March 21st: Everton Vs Arsenal
Good morning, football fans.
Ahh, the beautiful game is back. How I’ve missed its warm embrace.
Today, we have the opportunity to further cement our quest for automatic qualification into the Champions League and continue the current rich vein of form. In recent weeks, the team has played with swagger and verve, but it’s these tricky away fixtures in which we traditionally come unstuck.
Everton are a good outfit, and David Moyes is an excellent manager. They’ll b up for the occasion and ready to play in a manner that stifles our creativity. I expect them to come out and have a go at us.
One player who’ll know their set up and the ground especially well is Mikel Arteta. Having become a crowd favourite after many good seasons in a blue shirt, he had this to ay about returning in the away dressing room:
‚??It‚??s going to be weird to sit in the other changing room, warming up in the opposite half of the pitch and having the crowd against us. I just want to enjoy it.”
I really can‚??t wait to go there, and I hope I‚??ll get a good reception because I gave Everton everything I had in my time there and I love the club.
“Everyone there was great to me and, even though I left, hopefully people understood. There‚??s no reason for any of us to be unhappy with each other.‚?Ě
When he was an Everton player, Arteta was one of those opponents I greatly admired, and I can’t imagine the Goodison faithful giving him anything other than a warm welcome in thanks for his efforts.
The team news is looking good. There are no fresh injury concerns ahead of kick-off, so I expect Arsene Wenger to go with the same team that started against Newcastle 9 days ago – that feels like an eternity. Abou Diaby completed 60 minutes for the reserves -and scored – but is not expected to make the squad. I think the team will be:
Sczcsney: Sagna, Gibbs, Vermaelen, Koscielny; Song, Arteta, Rosicky, Walcott, Oxlade-Chamberlain; van Persie
Everton will give us a game, there’s no doubt in my mind, but if we play at our current level I expect us to emerge victorious. With Chelsea and Spurs both in action, a win is needed to keep up the pressure on our neighbours and retain the distance between us and Abramovich’s mob, who I think will beat Man City.
That’s yer lot, folks. Enjoy the game wherever you maybe be watching it and thanks for reading, you beautiful bastards. Take a moment to comment and follow me on Twitter – @_ArmchairGooner finish
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