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Spicy Speaks

Manchester City

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts”

Fine words from Winston Churchill, but I think as Arsenal fans we know all about the courage to continue. To keep supporting the team through thick and thin, even when we don’t win or perform well takes a lot of balls, and not the football kind!

This week sees us away to Man City, and let’s hope we show both courage and balls during this game. Last time we played them at home we almost beat them. They got out of jail with a late header to draw 2 all and most gooners felt we deserved more.

City haven’t necessarily been the clinical killers they were, instead they’re grinding out results and are still good for their second place in the league, some eleven points ahead of us. So no easy task ahead of the gunners on Sunday. Our record in Manchester hasn’t been good of late and it would be nice to go there and get a result. The prospect of Alexis and Aguero possibly being on the same pitch at once is mouthwatering to say the least. City are playing the Chavs next so they will want to close the gap and go into that game on a high. It’s our job to make sure that doesn’t happen.

Ospina has had a good couple of games and hopefully that will continue. He brings a calmness from the goal line and coupled with the return of the Koschielny/Mertesacker parnership we are looking fairly ok. Belerin is playing well too.

So I’m going for Ospina, Monreal, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Bellerin. Fernandinho and Fernando are going to be tough to contain in midfield. It’s a big ask but I’d put Coquelin and Ramsey in there. With Alexis, Cazorla and the Ox in front of them and Giroud up front I think we’ve got a great chance. Chambers is well again so wenger may opt for him. I’m hoping for a good performance, A good badly needed win against a top table team. We’re underdogs which suits us, so let’s show all the pundits that have written us off that we’re capable. And let’s hope Mike Dean doesn’t have a mare!



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