The Toffees are coming to town and once again we are warned about their strength in advance. Beating Manure at Old Toilet is never easy, and although Everton rode their luck, they did deserve their win during midweek. A win for Everton would put them back into the mix for the top positions and so they will be both full of confidence and very focussed, and yet not too nervous as nobody really expects them to be able to compete for the top-four places.
Key for Arsenal is to treat this game as a cup final and nothing else. Let’s not think for a second about Napoli or the Northern Oilers but just about giving our all to beat the Toffees today. A seven point gap with the Southern Oilers is up for grabs and Maureen will not give us too many opportunities like these. We need to grab this one and push on, show them all who is boss in the PL and create some lovely winter-fat for the festive season.
We are lucky to go into this busy and important period with a nearly fit squad, especially at the back and in midfield. Sagna will not play today and Pod is not ready yet, but other than Ox and Diaby’s longer term injuries, Wenger can pick from a complete squad in the next few weeks.
I reckon Ramsey will be rested for this one and so will Rosicky (both on bench though). Everton are strong in the centre of midfield – typical Martinez – and we need to win the battle there first. That’s why I am going for defensive solidity first and have put Arteta and Flamini in the double DM-pivot. This will allow Ozil, Jack and Santi to combine at will with the full-backs and our pivot in attack, Giroud – who I reckon will start today. But Wenger might surprise us all again and start with Bendtner and/or Theo, or one of the youngsters.
However, this is a must win game and I reckon he will start with his strongest team possible. Winning today will mean a lot more than adding three points to our tally in the PL: today we can make a real statement of intent. And losing would also mean a lot more than missing out on ‘just’ three points.
Anyway, let’s hope our team wins: three very big points up for grabs today. COYG!
Written by: TotalArsenal.