I think it is brilliant there are now two Welsh football clubs in the PL, and both Swansea and Cardiff appear to have the management capability and infrastructure to make their stay in the top division a long one, which is great.
It just makes me think what the PL would be like if we had Scottish clubs taking part as well… it would be great away games for Arsenal against the likes of Celtic and Rangers, or the beautifully named Inverness Caledonian Thistle. I’d love it!
Happy Saint Andrew’s Day to all Scottish Gooners. Although it will a be subdued day, no doubt, after last night’s horrible accident in Glasgow.
Today’s game against the Bluebirds is not a potential banana-skin. We know damn well we can slip up at the Cardiff City stadium, and only if and when we put our best team on the pitch and treat it as a cup final, will we get out of it with three points today. And that would mean, TOTL with a luvverly gap of seven points with Pool and Oilers till Sunday at least.
There is a great opportunity for Arsenal to push on now and increase our lead before Christmas, and I want to see a determined, hard working team that does not take anything for granted. With the likes of Mertesacker, Koz, Flamini, Sagna, Ozil, Giroud, Ramsey, Gibbs and Wilshere in the team, there is little risk we will not approach the game like a cup final; and this, in my view, is what makes us different from most of our main competitors for the title.
Luckily the Manc clubs have already dropped points at the Cardiff City stadium as to clearly point out to us the gigantic banana-skin the Welsh capital is presenting to us. Cardiff City will have nothing to lose and be full of confidence today – they will play with opportunism and with an excited crowd behind them. So we need to show character and togetherness, play at a high tempo and with discipline in midfield and at the back. And to use another cliché, take our chances when they are presented to us.
How are we going to line up?
I reckon this will be the team today. A good mix of talent, grit, hunger and attitude.
COYG – OGAAT – UTA! 🙂
Written by: TotalArsenal.