Tonight we play Dundalk, serial winners of the League of Ireland. What I know about them and the team we might put out against them, could be written on the back of aa postage stamp, with room left for something else.
We are down to one and a half fully fit centre backs, so that’s the first problem facing Arteta. Can he risk either of them with a trip to Old Toilet at the weekend? Can he afford to play any first team players, Eleney and Xhaka perhaps? In their place? Not really. Sead perhaps? Youth team players? I have no idea.
The rest of the team should be less of a problem, with fringe players and the likes of Nelson, ESR and Willock coming in.
The inclusion of these youngsters should make it an entertaining game, something we haven’t seen for a long time.
Let’s hope Arteta remains seated and let’s them play football, rather than practicing the regimented line dancing he normally directs for the side lines.
Any sort of good game would be welcome relief.
See you all on the other side