The games keep coming and there is little time for reflection and refocusing. The aim is clear: Arsenal need a win and this needs to be done from within each individual on the pitch. If everybody fights at their hardest then at some point our luck will return and the team will become a team again. Let there be rock!
The Toffees are of course not an easy sweet to crack. They are flying at the moment and have a shrewd and experienced manager in Ancelotti. But such is the form of Arsenal that it does not really matter who we play; we are our own worst enemy. This team is looking for its balance, for things to start clicking and for Arteta’s camino to start leading us in the right direction. Will it happen today? Probably not but hopefully we see some more progress.
Guillem Balague’s article for the BBC seems to give a clear indication that all is well inside the Arsenal camp: the management are behind Mikel and so are the players. He may be a little too regimented in his approach but they can all see that he is working hard and has a clear vision for our club. When things don’t go well we all start to see elephants and rhinoceroses on the road, issue conspiracy-theories and look for causes and solutions, but when you read the above article it all seems to be just a case of inevitable stumble-blocks on the path of (structural and cultural change. I think Mikel and the club would do well to explain their vision to the fans and ask for some patience this season.
So how will Arteta line-up today? I think it will be pretty similar to Wednesday’s formation with probably Luiz for Gabriel in the centre of defence. Maybe Laca will start ahead of Eddie and Willian ahead of Pepe, and Bells will start.
If it was up to me though, I would start with the following eleven:
I would like Willian to play in the nr10 position but help out in midfield too. Elneny can move next to AMN if and when Willy moves in the hole. Soares can sit back but now and again, as unexpected as possible, he can move forwards to spring an attack from our right hand side. I like to continue with the combo of Tierney, Saka and Auba on the left side, with AMN providing cover in all areas. Luiz can organise our defence in a three at the back – the only way to play him imo – and he can provide a few nice balls over the top for our-free-to-roam central attackers. Arteta can bring in the likes of Ceballos, ESR, Nelson, Eddie, Balogun (?)etc to freshen up things.
Come On You Rip Roaring Gunners – Let There Be Rock!!!