WTTGT Writer: Devon James Andre Halls (@Halls_dja)
Good morning/afternoon/evening wherever you are in the world, I hope you’ve had a decent week thus far and are looking forward confidently to a jam packed weekend of football.
This Sunday sees The Arsenal take on a confident and free flowing Swansea City side at The Liberty Stadium, a ground in which they have so far conceded just 4 goals this premier league season. That is a most impressive statistic rivalled only by Manchester City, and interestingly they have both made 44 saves each. Quite how that has come about, considering City’s back line probably cost 3 times Swansea’s entire squad, is beyond me and I suppose has to be credited to the Welsh club’s management and coaches. I don’t mind giving kudos where it’s due. A fact you may not all be aware of however is that we have conceded just 6 goals at home all season which is the second best so far in The Prem. #defensivesolidity.
It is worth noting the difference in mentality we have going into this fixture when compared to the home fixture back in early September. Having been rather unlucky with injuries and suspensions, and due to chronically poor management over the summer period, we were handed our posteriors in Manchester, yet we had also signed about 50 players on deadline day. So anger, frustration, excitement and confusion dominated the minds of the Arsenal faithful, and it was against Swansea at The Emirates that we caught our first glimpse of a new look Arsenal side. Now we are a team who, Fulham aside, are confident, mature and with our all time record goal scorer who just gave us a piggy back into the 4th round of the FA Cup.
I’m sure you’ve all read and thought plenty about our phenomenal and firing Frenchman, so I’ll move swiftly onto a name which many of us may have neglected to mention over the last week, Mr. Robin Van Persie. Our captain, the best centre forward in world football, shall be returning to his rightful place at centre forward (Chamack take note). Listening to Arsene’s press conference earlier, I would say he is giving some thought to starting both Henry and The Perse, yet if I had to put money on it I’d back Arshavin. He put in a hot and cold performance against Leeds, and whilst I’m sure his profligacy in front of goal infuriated many, his work rate, effort and chances created will I’m sure see him regain his place. Hopefully he can get himself a goal or an assist to raise his confidence levels, which I’m sure must be lower down than he is at the moment. He was the one to score against Swansea in the last fixture might I add, although I’m not sure that point really means anything to be honest! Plenty of players didn’t score against Swansea, but I can’t see them all being dropped.
Yet it may be that we are without the Big German at the back, Wenger stating today that has been ill of late and he will make a decision on his fitness come Saturday. Thomas Rosicky is also stuck in the sick ship; hopefully it will pull into The Thames by Sunday. Djourou will be back in the squad after serving his outrageous 1 match ban which will certainly give us a boost defensively, especially after The Coq’s injury on Monday night. I’d like to pay a quick testament to young Yennaris who I thought played superbly well against Leeds, however is certainly too raw and inexperienced for The Premier league.
In terms of a starting line up, I’d like to see…
Szczesny, Djourou Mertesacker Koscielny Miquel, Song Arteta Ramsey, Arshavin Walcott Van Persie.
I’m sure Henry will be given his orders around the 60 minute mark if things aren’t going to plan, surely to play alongside Van Persie. I’d love to see The Ox thrown on against a tiring set of defenders too, we’ve got creativity and presence on the bench this week and I hope we use them.
I think that largely covers all bases for this week, check back post game for player ratings from yours truly.
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