Finest of the fine fellow Gooners, the new season is upon as and we are kicking it off against newly promoted Brentford. The PL and media picked this match as the season’s opener for only one reason: hoping for an upset and having a laugh at us.
The Bees have of course nothing to lose and their manager has announced they are going to attack this season. Tonight’s game is easily as hard as the next one up v mega-spending Chavs, believe you me. We need to show character and be ruthless and never allow the Bees near our roaring cannon.
I am very glad we have Granit to lead the team tonight, especially now that Partey is out with injury. We will need him to coordinate our play from midfield, and it would be nice to see him paired up with the former Anderlecht captain, Lokonga, in de ‘DM-pivot’. If it is Xhaka’s long term friend Elneny instead, it would also be fine with me (but not JNYC’s 😉 ).
Defence picks itself with the exception of our right back: will it be Bellerin again or will Chambers or Soares get the nod? If it was me, it would be Soares for his better crossing and passing in attack, or Calum who adds another defender in the box for set-pieces.
The nr10 position and other attackers are a bit harder to determine. The big question is whether Arteta will select both Auba and Laca or just one of them. I am hoping he does the latter and brings on either Auba (ideally) or Laca as our ‘super-sub’ later on.
So here is my desired line-up v the Bees:
Enjoy the game and let’s all get totally behind our manager and the boys. Supporters support.