Newcastle United away is still on my wish list to go. I have seen a few home games and also once attended Liverpool – NU (with a massive power cut lasting more than an hour, and no, nobody nicked my wallet) and I have always been impressed with their away supporters. As I am now a five hour drive North of Newcastle (how many fellow Gooners can say that hey?), I am once again unable to go to the match today. For those, who are going I envy you, as I am confident of a win today, which will send us back to ToTL.
Predicting our formation is becoming a bit harder now. The third game of our four-festive season games is perhaps the toughest one, as fatigue should start affecting the players. Especially BFG, Sagna, Ollie and the Ozil are at risk of burn out. Is Wenger prepared to rotate these pivotal players? I doubt it, but he will have to balance the risk of having more Ramsey-like fatigue-injuries with continuity.
I have a feeling he will not rest any of the above mentioned four players as he will want to build on the hard fought win over the Hammers and the risk of disrupting the shape and strength of the team is too big. Plus, we all know he has become quite conservative these days.
I reckon this game will suit us as we can expect the Barcodes to want to play football against us at their Northern home of football. This will enable us to play a bit deeper and solid and then come out with our passing football; for me one of the main reasons we have been so successful away.
Having Pod and Theo back is fantastic and they can help the tired and some what flat looking previous main goal scorers. This could not have come at a better time, and yet, I am also expecting a great performance by Mesut today. Cazorla had a good game against WH and is finally getting back to his former self, and this is also great news for us.
With FlamShere in the middle of our midfield, a strong ‘back five’ and the likes of OG, Cazorla/Pod, Theo and Ozil being free to express themselves up-front the Arse should have a great chance to zip the Barcodes a new one.
Let’s hope the boys will deliver.
Come On You Rip Roaring Gunners!
Written by: TotalArsenal.