A guest post from @LaboGoon
When Arsène Wenger changed formation in the final two months of last season we went on an incredible run. There was balance between offense and defense, and with all the players playing their part it was a thing of beauty man. Those who stood tall were Koscielny, Monreal, Ramsey, Xhaka, Alexis, Giroud and Özil.
Following that Arsène and the board decided its important to keep the spine of that squad together and augment them with just 2 starting players to ensure a smooth transition on to the next level. Those are Sead Kolašinac and Alexandre Lacazette. The former becoming a cult hero in no time, the latter showing great composure in front of goal with an icy coolness.
Now before last Sunday vs Everton, due to various reasons, Arsène never had an opportunity to showcase his grand vision for this season. When he finally got the chance… oh boy, it was so magnifique that long after the final whistle, that ultimately put Ronald Koeman out of his misery, there was echoes online of “give us more, give us more”.
That brings us to Swansea today. They don’t score many goals, in fact just 6 so far this season in 9 outings, but they also conceded just a solitary goal in their last 4 away games. And with their primary objective being not to get relegated, one can expect them again being very focused on jealously guarding their goal by playing with 9 men behind the ball.
Should that give us pause for concern… well I’m not nervous, Arsène have the same team of last week available for selection today and I just can’t see them shutting us out , especially if our “awesome foursome”, Ramsey, Alexis, Özil and Lacazette, do what they did so well vs Everton – batter their defence till they’re drained of all energy, then devour their poor souls. Not rocket science this football ‘malarkey’ eh?
If I’ve got one criticism of last week it would be the lax manner in which we conceded the 2 goals. If the players can work on improving that, I can see us using this game as a nice launch pad in preparation for next weekend’s Super Sunday opponents – Man City.
But for now… THIS is the BIG one. It’s Arsène Wenger’s 800th PL fixture at the helm and it needs to be a good one.
Should we win today it will be 10 on the bounce at the Emirates. So good luck to those going to the game and scream your lungs out and wave your flags, because at the moment there’s no place like home. Do so too for the rest of us watching from around the globe, as we will be there in spirit.
Fingers crossed the Arsenal “give us more” and the Arsène gets his party.