Dazed and confused we are with all the transfer shenanigans and the potential mind-blowing formation and starting eleven opportunities these will give us, if indeed all will go to plan. But we have another crucial game tonight at the Liberty stadium (on Arsenal.com it is currently called the ‘Library’ stadium hahaha).
With Pool away to Huddersfield tonight and the utterly mashable Spuddies playing MU tomorrow, Arsenal have a great opportunity to further close the gap with our fellow top-four contenders. All we can do is focus on our own game, and we need to try and win tonight at all cost. Simples. After great, gutsy performances against Palace and the Chavs at the home of football, the Gunners now need to replicate these away from home, starting at the Liberty stadium this evening.
Wenger can pick from a deep squad – only Welbeck is a doubt and Santi is of course still out – but, as the first eleven from our League Cup victory over our West-London neighbours all have had a very decent rest, it is unlikely that he will make many changes, if any.
It would be good to see Elneny tried as our deepest midfielder once more. Jack and Xhaka, however, need to not leave him too isolated by pushing forward too aggressively. This will be key to us playing solidly and with the right intensity, tonight. Jack and Xhaka will be tempted to join the fabulous attacking force of Ozil, Laca and most likely Henrikh (who I expect to start instead of Iwobi). This is absolutely fine as long as one of them stays close to Elneny and help him protect the defence if and when the opposition break or start an attack from midfield. I hope they have all learned from the Chavs’ opening half hour, in that respect.
The back four is hopefully a continuation from last two games: Bel – Koz – Must – Nacho; and I hope we will not revert back to three at the back. In goal we should see Mr Safe Hands, Petr.
So our starting eleven could well look like this:
Of course Wenger may surprise us all with a different formation and first eleven, but with a bit of hope the above will be it. I am very jealous of those who can watch this game live, at the ground, or at home. Us poor UK residents will have to do with radio commentary. Luckily, Arsenal.com do a sterling job in covering the game live with great, in-depth commentary.
Come On You Rip Roaring Post-Sanchez-Passion-for-the-Shirt Gunners!!!