STOKE PREVIEW : NO LOVE LOST.
One of the most accurate ways to guage what is happening psychologically within the camp of one’s team is simply by looking at what is happening within oneself. I’d never spare myself in any form to get Stoke bleeding. Never ever. I want them torn into pieces in the shark infested relegation waters, never to be seen again in the Premier League. I want Ramsey to go home with his hattrick ball, and on it written …. ” We mourn not Stoke FC”. If I don’t find myself celebrating our victory over them (6th place … bah), bet your bottom dollar that I’d be over the moon watching Stoke dazed, in despair and going down, down, down.
I would field a team to demolish Stoke. CSKA Moscow is a good four days after so there is everything to gain by using the Stoke match to get our team back to our pre inter-lull heights. It’s our luck that fielding our strongest team against Stoke is completely allied to prioritizing the Europa Cup.
Of our five first teamers who played for their country on Wednesday, I would only have doubts about Koscielny for match selection tomorrow. Games will be coming thick and fast from now on and for this one I’d pencil him for a day off, then pick our strongest team.
One little other consideration. Lacazette has tasted the Premier League. I hear he has been inoculating himself in the gym against its pace and power. I would like to unleash him against CSKA Moscow so I’ll give him some minutes in this encounter for raising his match fitness. Does he get about 60 minutes or will he be used as an early substitute? Of course Auba is the first name on the sheet, meaning we’d have two strikers on the field. Is it 4:4:2 then or would Laca take the place of one of the midfielders as Steve Bould indicated he can? Has Wilshere recovered sufficiently from his minor knee injury to be involved in this match? I’d always give Wilshere a little bit more cushion. I am buzzing steely eyed. Our camp also.
I don’t want to bore myself and you with details on Stoke. I don’t give a damn about who they have fit or not. I already know that they are a very poor side, sitting 19th on the table. I also know that Auba need not worry because he’d be too fast for Ryan Shawcross.
My team to maul Stoke is :-
Kola, Eln, Wilsh, Iwobi, Welb.
Am thinking of Stoke (sadistically), am thinking of Europa, am thinking of next season. Am a Gooner for life!!
By Pony Eye.