Bergkamp. The Invincibles.
It’s been a while since we have seen Leicester City and Emile Heskey. What can we expect to see?
Because I am a little bit ignorant I don’t really know. They dominated the second tier last year with what looked like a settled team. So, at a fair guess they’ll do better then most promoted teams in their first season.
How will they play? Direct and with pace, that’s what I’ve been told! We shall see.
I don’t know any of their players, I expect to find out more in Sunday! Although they have only one point so far they’ve played well, and they should’ve taken a lead away to Gazprom-upon-Fulham which could’ve been interesting.
Arsenal’s entire pre-season training programme would have been structured around this initial run of games before the the upcoming international break, with the champions league games being the likely priority. Arsene said over the summer described the schedule as “mad” for players going to and returning from the WC. We’ve certainly seen examples of madness in the critique of players who are still in pre-season. A number of players who will be on the bench on Sunday played for the U21s on Thursday, simply because they needed the minutes no doubt.
This is why it was possible for a non-certified genius like little old me to anticipate some rotation for the trip to Everton. The decision to start Alexis in the middle was made slightly earlier in the season then we had expected because there was a desire to keep both Giroud and Alexis fresh for Wednesday, what with that game being a little bit important. Unfortunately Giroud picked up the late injury. The best made plans…
The same back five plus Flamini will most likely start on Sunday but there could be some rotation for this game too. For example, Wilshere may be due a rest, he’ll have to play for England so he might come out the team for Ramsey, who had a mid-week breather. And there could be other changes, because Chamberlain and Özil just played their first ninety minutes after having not been training for that long, and they were blowing. Chambo because he was injured, Özil because he was raving in Las Vegas two and a half weeks ago! This would’ve been a perfect game for Giroud. CF selection will be interesting, I wouldn’t cry if Sanogo was asked to soften and beat them up for sixty minutes.
The true mark of the end of this staggered post WC pre-season will be the closing of the transfer window after this game. A transfer window in which ManIOU have spent £60M on three LBs? A completely unsettled Utd team, rebuilt too quickly and stupidly (the opposite to the wisdom of Arsenal after the F Word F’d off) drew at Burnley. Leicester will provide sterner opposition.
We’ll have a better understanding of any changes or evolutions in this team after the break. Safe to say that all but the unwell are very happy with the performances of Chambers, Debuchy and Alexis since they began their pre-season in the Emirates cup (unlike Per and Özil who got their first minutes this week, three weeks later then their team mates).
It would be remiss and ignore the official appointed for the game, given the unacceptable standards of refereeing for all football fans seen in the last two games. Even the Besiktas players looked fed up with the man from UEFA by the end of the last game, and who could blame them. Further information on the gentleman who sent off Gibbs for wearing the wrong shirt and having the wrong colour skin can be found over on Untold Arsenal.
Hope you all enjoy the game, especially those lucky enough to be going (if you are going remember to serenade our old pal A.Taylor please, thanks).
A guest post by Finsbury