MANU- ARS PREVIEW. YANK THE HAND BRAKE OFF AND STEP ON THE GAS!
We have a fabulous car. Its V8 engine purrs beautifully when idling. As soon as it is put in gear the hand brake comes on. If only we can yank the handbrake system out completely we’d begin to enjoy our ride. We’d hit the highways and it will be fun.
The handbrake is a child of our psychology. It is born of self doubt which parades itself chiefly as tameness in and out of possession. We don’t feel like conquerors anymore yet our engine purrs beautifully. We are a big team. The 9th most expensively assembled in Europe according to the reputable CIES Football Observatory (by contrast Atletico Madrid is at 19th). Swagger that was at the centre of our values has all but deserted. We need to begin to have fun again each time we file out, whether it be against Man U, Atletico, anybody.
Let’s get our audacity back and the fun would begin. Give us back the Bergkamp curled shots into the net from outside the box. Give us back the Pirez deft chips, the Kanu rounding of keepers, the Lungberg rush into the box for the tap in, the invention of Henry, the dominance of Vieira, the authority of Campbell, the swagger of the team. We want our fun back.
We are not going to allow an 8-2 repeat whipping happen again. That would dampen our determination to rediscover our fun. The Arsenal never trots out to lose. This time, it is tight and tough because the all important Thursday game at Wanda Metropolitano looms. We must rest our big guys but field a team that can bloody noses.
The likes of Koscielny, Ozil, Ramsey have been given the day off. The kids will be put on the bench. Mkhitaryan’s fun would last for about an hour. Aubameyang we want at the centre of the fun and not shunted out ….. wide. Chambers would have the enviable task, or fun, of shackling a certain bloke by name Alexis Sanchez. That would be special fun for us and we can imagine we’d have a lot of company there.
Those to be invited to the party at Old Trafford would be:
On the waiting list we’d have : Ospina, Konstantinos, Monreal, Osei-Tutu, Willock, Nelson, Nketiah.
Let’s hit the highways with no handbrake, folks. We want steel and pomp. We want the vintage Arsenal. This eleven are strong enough to do it. We are the Arsenal, after all.
By Pony Eye.