The Chavs are visiting North-London again and we are up for a tough battle. I was very impressed with the way they totally controlled the Spuddies a week ago, as I have been equally impressed with the way they qualified for the next round in the CL and gave Liverpool a proper game in the ‘cup finals’ at the start of the season.
Lampard really has them working hard and playing a fast, energetic and precise passing game. Youngsters Tammy Abraham, Christian Pulisic and Mason Mount (almost 21) have especially impressed me, but Fat Frank has also reenergised the likes of Kante, Jorginho, Alonso and the always impressive Willian.
They really gave the Spuds no chance at their own home and outplayed them for 90 minutes. Arteta and co have their work cut out to win the battle in midfield and then take the game to the Chavs. A win today would of course be great and reduce the gap to the top four to just five points – and what a psychological boost it would give us! But let there be no doubt about it that it will be a hard, hard game for us. Funnily enough, after all the praise above, Lampard is actually experiencing a bit of dip with Chelsea as they have lost four of their last six PL games. So maybe this is our chance to get a big result, the sort of result we are all desperate for.
How will Mikel achieve this? Much of the same against Bournemouth, I reckon, but this time with more sharpness up-front.
Play compact and pass quick and accurately, have always plenty of players were the action is, and let Xhaka, Torreira and Ozil strut their midfield stuff. Laca is due a goal, Auba likes one every game and if we keep it tight when we defend Arsenal could get a result out of this. Could… not should.
How could Arteta line-up the team?
Chambers returns and the rest in defence and midfield pick themselves, I reckon. Up-front we could see a start for Pepe, but I reckon Arteta will give the same four a start as against Bournemouth, just for 60 minutes or so. Arteta is building something and why not stick with the same four attackers and put lessons learnt from the previous game into practice?!
Come On You Rip Roaring Gunners!