Another season comes to an end, but Arsenal are ‘safe’ so there is no tension for today’s away game in Norwich. Luckily, we have a cup final to look forward to and this will make our game against the Canaries still somewhat relevant. It is important to keep up form and momentum, and we should treat this game as the perfect preparation for the cup final.
I cannot say it is a shame Norwich are going down. Sacking your manager with a handful of games left is at best a risky thing to do, and it comes as no surprise it did not work; as it also did not for Cardiff (there was no need at all) and Fulham’s (changed manager twice!) inevitable demise. Sunderland, West Brom and Crystal Palace changed their manager earlier in the season and especially Sunderland had the most impressive escape we saw in many years.
We should all be grateful, though, that Norwich stopped the Chavs chance to win anything this season, with what was only their second point from away games in 2014. I thought they bought well last summer and was convinced Van Wolfswinkel would be a success for the Canaries, but his first season was a big disappointment. I was at the home game earlier in the season and thought Norwich played well under Hughton: they looked organised with a good game plan, but just lacked a bit of creativity and finishing power in attack. Something Hughton could work on, I thought, but patience with him finally ran out, and the Board succumbed – weakly in my opinion – to the moans and groans of the supporters, when they should have held strong till the end.
I was offered a ticket for today’s game twice, but due to ongoing sadness after the sudden passing away of my brother in law I will not be going. I expect the home crowd to be subdued anyway and I reckon both teams will treat the game more or less as a friendly. I reckon Arsene will start with his strongest possible team but they are unlikely to play at the required tempo to win the game with some ease. Nobody wants to get injured so close to a cup final appearance and Norwich will not want to lose at home: so expect a 0-0 or 1-1 draw, I reckon.
Jack could be back apparently and it would be great to see him in action today, even for twenty minutes or so. I reckon he will not play in the final though, as we have now many midfielders available, who are all a lot fitter than him right now. It is also good to know that Gibbs and Ramsey are back and I reckon both will start today.
Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Arteta, Ramsey, Cazorla, Ozil, Podolski, Giroud.
Enjoy the game fine, fellow Gooners.
Written by: TotalArsenal.