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After Thumping United, turning Watford over in a banana skin type fixture, beating arguably one of the best teams in the world, when journalists and pundits alike had written us off, and not conceding a goal, it’s fair to say after a sluggish start, we are off and running!
I’ve been critical of us this season, I didn’t believe we were showing much desire, and the belief that we could end our barron run for a title appeared to be missing, yet a win tomorrow will take us top of the live table, and it’s fair to say we are only just getting going this season…maybe I should moan more? It seems to be having the effect I’d hoped! Without stating the obvious, much praise over the last few weeks, has to go to Ozil and Sanchez, and I also believe Theo’s runs and giving us that different structure to our play has benefitted Ozil, as he always yawned for runners in front of him allowing him to open the game up with his elegant yet decisive range of passing.
Ozil for me is having a purple patch where, in my opinion he is playing his best football in an arsenal shirt, it angers and frustrates me it’s taken Wenger this long to play him, where us fans in particular have always stressed he should be playing. Sat tea time is another massive game, The Toffee’s are no mugs and I don’t see this as a walk in the park, they are one of those teams that seem to get results when you’d least expect them to and slip up against teams that on paper you’d expect them to beat. (Please ignore their defeat to Man Utd last Saturday it completely contradicts my last sentence!) But I do believe this is the case with Everton, and therefore Saturday’s game is a tough match which we’ll need all the fight and endeavour shown on Tuesday night to come through with the spoils.
I half expect a few changes Sat, just how much did Tuesday night take out of certain players, our lads did a lot of running off the ball, than they are not used to doing, I mean how often do we only have 27% possession in a game? Not often at all, and because of that I think fatigue may be a motive for Wenger to mix one or two things up.
Obviously Ramsey is missing, which way will Wenger go here, Ox in as a direct replacement, or will he stick Theo back out wide and make way for Giroud who in fairnmess has come off the bench in the last 2 and scored?
Not only this but I’ve read today Sanchez may be rested, I honestly hope this isn’t the case but, one things for sure, if things aren’t going well, what a sub to bring on.
The only thing that concerns me is looking at our bench at the moment, and if we were trailing, who do we bring on to change a game, look at Saturday, Rambo is out so either Giroud or the Ox will be in, leaving messes Arteta, Gibbs, Flamini, Debuchy, Chambers and Gabriel if fit, more than likely filling the seats behind Mr Wenger.
Lets imagine the NLD a few weeks ago had not happened for a sec, we’re one nil down sat tea time, and you turn around and look at the bench and who do you see coming on, and getting us back in the game, for me its concerning. I have been pleased with Theo’s performances lately and it’s good to see Giroud’s attitude has stayed positive throughout this time, but we are a club who have always been cursed with injuries particularly throughout the last decade, and if we are serious about mounting a title challenge this year, January could make or break us, just one addition may make all the difference.
If we had a fully fit squad, I may be of the belief that we could get over the line with our current crop, but be honest who honestly see’s no more injuries from now on in and all current injured players back on schedule with no set backs? We have to be realistic in our thinking if we are to be realistic in our challenge.
2-0 on Saturday for me, I see Sanchez getting both, he’s on fire at the moment, and if he play’s, I cannot see him being kept quiet for 90 minutes, not a chance.
Enjoy the game Gooners and stay safe.
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