@LaboGoon in the bow this morning and Go or Row
Good day one and all…
Arsenal will be making the short trip to Fulham this lunch time looking to extend on their run of good results.
The Cottagers coming into this game off the back of a heavy 3-0 loss at Goodison Park is a bit of an enigma even if they managed just one win of their seven Premier League fixtures thus far.
On the road they’re terrible but at Craven Cottage they are more competitive. In their last two home fixtures they have beaten Burnley 4-2 and went toe-to-toe with Watford in 1-1 draw, which reflected a missed opportunity as they hit the post late.
Their defense are rather charitable as they have shipped 16 goals in the seven games. While at the other end of the pitch they have Mitrovic who proved himself capable of rattling any defense. With the class of Seri and Schurrle providing him good service he helped himself to five goals and an assist – good returns in seven games.
It’s almost as if, unlike their attack their defense hasn’t caught up with the demands of the PL yet. But I guess Slavisa Jokanovic encourages them not to sit back but try and play good football, even if it does leaves them vulnerable at the back.
Opposition being too open in the final third is where the Gunners are thriving. Whilst not so convincing elsewhere our attack has the ability to grind for results which encouraging as we scored 22 goals in our winning run of eight games. Defense is slowly coming the party though with three consecutive clean sheets. Now I’m not suggesting they are there yet as we still have our share of hairy moments… but small steps right.
With a short turnaround after Thursday night’s game we can expect Unai Emery to make changes to that side, with only Leno and possibly Sokratis and Monreal (who only played a half) the ones making the matchday XI. Meaning the rest should be well rested and returning fresh. Aaron Ramsey could possibly miss today’s game with his wife ready to give birth.
With Bernd Leno coming on for the injured Petr Cech last week we may be witnessing what could be a changing of the guard as he may use this opportunity to make Arsenal’s number one gloves his own.
Eight wins on the bounce got a nice ring to it but ‘nine on the bounce’ so much better as we go into another international break following today’s fixtures. For that we need a win though.
With Fulham so keen to play attacking football and Arsenal in good form, I got a feeling this is going to be a great game to watch.
Last season we saw two or three four or five goal beatings of opponents at home before games in the Europa league, those matches were over at half time, 4-0 on two occasions at HT I think, and the arsenal players kept some juice in the tank of those second halves for the upcoming contests.
Difference today was of course the timing, after the midweek game, and a final exorcism for last season’s away form (if you were looking to the “defensive coaching” to explain that form, then you were looking in the wrong place!).
Aaron Ramsey eh. The new gaffer really enjoyed that goal and the late flurry. Contrary to the bollocks, pardon me, being pumped out by our discredited and embarrassing blaggers, the new gaffer, like the players, will obviously want to keep the best footballers in his football squad as he finishes off the rebuilding/transitional phase of this new football team over the next period.
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