Earth to Emery? What (exactly) are you thinking here?
Here are the line-ups:
I don’t mean to doubt the methods of the manager who keeps Arsenal winning matches. It’s eight in a row in all competitions, with our most recent three coming with clean sheets to boot. Still, most Gooners have been able to bask in the glow of the results and have lamented the scary manner in which they’ve been achieved. Doubts exist over some individual players, notably a pair who were rested for the midweek trip to Azerbaijan (Shkodran Mustafi and Granit Xhaka) AND whether it’s wise to combine attacking midfielders Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey. With the former (supposedly) out with a back problem, it would seem a natural start for the latter. If contract issues and working towards “life without Ramsey” is the goal why not give his bench seat to Emile Smith Rowe? Ramsey’s wife is expecting twins. Could AR get up from his bench seat to help, if matters progress? The other combo that isn’t quite firing is Aubameyang and Lacazette. PEA from a wide position seems a sacrifice. Is he (or Emery) sick of seeing him play there or is Aubameyang (as rumored) just plain ill?
Ah well, it’s a great opportunity to see what we’ve got with the 11 who get to go. Please join me in the comments as I try to describe the action.
Go on then…