Something’s happening – happening to me. My friends say I’m behaving peculiarly. Come along now baby, we better make a start. You better make it soon before you break my heart.
I thought that was an apt quote – and one that should efficiently destroy any credibility I have if you know where it’s from (guesses welcome). Arsenal owe us a proper performance today. If we lose – god forbid – I can see things starting to get nasty.
The team news is pretty good. Jack Wilshere and Bacary Sagna are both fully fit and included in the squad, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will have a late test, and there are no fresh concerns to anyone. Theo Walcott and Kieran Gibbs both still miss out, along with the regular bunch of absentees.
The team selction should be interesting. I’ve heard many theories over the past couple of days, and guessing what Arsene will do isn’t going to be easy. Given their awful performances on Wednesday, he might be tempted to exclude Gervinho, Santos and Ramsey, but I doubt he will leave out all three. There have been rumours Serge Gnabry could be in line for a start, but if we’re pinning all our hopes on a 17-year-old with minimal experience to get us out of a slump, we have problems – I doubt that will happen either.
What could happen, and I hope it does, is the inclusion of Koscielny to partner Mertesacker, and Vermaelen deployed at left-back. Andre Santos doesn’t look fit, and he was at fault for both Schalke goals with his positioning. In general, he was completely bloody useless, and I’m not sure his fellow players have any confidence in him. I also think both Sagna and Wilshere will feature, although I’d guess Jack will be on the bench to begin with.
My prediction would be:
I’ve opted for Giroud as the experiment with Gervinho up front hasn’t worked, and we have to start with the Frenchman instead. He’s never going to build up any confidence if he is continually benched in favour of someone who ordinarily wouldn’t play in his position. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Gervinho benched, too – if The Ox passes his late test.
All in all, I shouldn’t really be concerned about today’s game, but I am. QPR will know that they’re facing us at a good time, and if they nick an early goal, the crowd will probably start to get on the backs of the players. We need to come out of the blocks fast, and try to put this one to bed as soon as possible. We should have more than enough in the locker to win, but the way things are going, there isn’t much that would surprise me.
I’ll go for a 3-0 win, with a bit of happiness restored.
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Thanks for reading today, you wondrous creatures. The comments await your opinions and preferred starting 11s. I look forward to reading a few.
I shall return tomorrow with a review.