Good morning all.
Tonight we face the team that dumped us out of our FA Cup just 4 days ago and on the same stage. A real case of getting back on the bike. We only lost by a rather unfortunate own goal and we will be starting a better and fresher team, while due to injuries and suspensions, they will be fielding the same weakened team. Our current darlings, Tierney, Saka, Partey and Smith-Row will be back, and we have definitely seen we are better when they play, so a reversal of the result could easily be on the cards.
The general consensus among fans and the media ,is that Southampton are having a good season while Arsenal are having a nightmare, but a look at the table sees us 11th and them just 2 points above us (all be it with a game in hand) at 10th place. Its a real mid-table clash, if ever there was one.
The team in many ways mainly picks itself. For me at least Leno, Bellerin, Holding, Tierney, Xhaka, Partey, Smith-Row, Saka and Lacazette are nailed on first choice. That just leaves two places up for grabs. Gabriel looked off the pace on Saturday, so Luiz could come back in with the continuing unavailability of Mari. Aubameyang seems to be missing so who plays in his place? I say “in his place” rather than “in his position” because his absence might see a rejig of Saka over to the left with Pepe, or the much maligned Willian, playing from the right. Clearly the less disruptive change would be a straight swap with Martinelli on the left for our captain. All I will say is that if Arteta goes for Willian, he will be lucky there are no Arsenal fans there to give him their opinions on his selection as most seem to have decided the aging Brazilian is the devils child.
We have seen enough recently for be optimistic of a better result and much better performance tonight, so here’s hoping.
I believe that top 4 is well beyond us now, top 6 too I fear, so for me the performances are more important than the results. We wont get relegated, so I would rather see an idea of how we might play going forward, than somehow manage to get points against the run of play. But that’s just me.
Enjoy your day and the game.
And stay safe.
FT: Chelsea 0-0 Wolves
CFC go above us on goal difference
this was last nights team and subs,
Bellerin, Holding, David Luiz, Cedric,
Saka, Smith-Rowe, Pepe
subs Ryan, Gabriel, Chamber, AMN, Elneny, Willock, Willian, Nkethia, Martinelli
so with Mari, Tierney, Ceballos, Aubameyang and of course Ødegaard when all fit are likely to come back into that squad who will be the five players to lose out.
I’d say Chambers, AMN and Willock are the most likely to be dropped from the match day squad, with one of Cedric or Bellerin possible too, then its possibly between Nketiah and Willian or even Pepe
FT: Man Utd 1-2 Sheffield Utd
Sheffield Utd move to 8pts for the season from 20 games
FT: Everton 1-1 Leicester City
Arsenal now 9pts off 3rd placed Leicester City
these are our fixtures till the end of February
Man Utd – home
Wolves – away
Aston Villa – away
Leeds – home
Benfica – away
Man City – home
Benfica – home
Leicester – away
Arsenal being linked with a move for Stoke city’s 19 year old Irish Central Defender Nathan Collins, Burnley said to have had a bid rejected earlier this week. Nathan is a nephew of Eamon Collins who back in 1980 became the youngest player ever to play senior football in England, when he made his debut for Blackpool while still only 14.
Jeez that’s a fair set of fixtures! We should know by end of it how far this improvement goes and what remainder of season likely to hold in store.
Just looking at MØ11’s body movement in training and I am bloody excited, for no rational reason. Looks a bundle of skill, focused and ready to introduce himself to the World. Looks like some genetic aggregate of Hleb, Fabregas, RvP & Rosicky who’s had a leash on him for years. Hopefully Real Madrid will need moey, keep Zidane, cut their losses and move on to the next wunderkind. Fingers crossed.
ArsW – MArt
MO – MØ
Can’t wait to see how well he plays with the the team.
Good Morning Positivistas!
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