Good morning all. Everything’s been chaotic at work so I’m sorry not to have posted sooner. Plus I”m feeling minging. Anyway.
As the Arseblogger pointed out they haven’t won any since ’75 when Arsenally Yours was a glint in the milkman’s eye. They may throw up problems with their long throws and their fouling and their general horribleness but we need to be able to cope with that, cope with it well and bang a few in the other end, giving the tw*t in a cap something to moan about.
There’s also their wide players to consider, Jermaine Pennant and Matt Etherington. I know the former will no doubt want to show how wrong we were to get rid of him. Their aerial prowess doesn’t just come from the back, they have Ricardo Fuller as well, a player who’s impressed me at least all over the last couple of seasons.
Is Stoke the team to start Djourou against? I would have said so, but there again I’m hardly the Boss. His aerial ability would be useful against long throws, long punts upfield, long goal kicks, long free kicks… do Stoke ever keep the ball on the ground? We shall see.
Expected line-up: Szczesny – Sagna – Koscielny/Djourou – Squillaci – Clichy – Song – Denilson/Wilshere – Fabregas – Nasri – V Persie – Chamakh
More on UEFA, conspiracy theories and Barcelona on Monday.