I’m Arsenally fired up for this one. A win would put us right behind ManUre. We must keep the pressure on them by beating their rivals. Citeh may have the riches, and an enviable list of players – excepting one c*nt, I mean you Adebayor – but we’re at home, we’re playing well, and dammit, I want to kick their arses.
The key to a victory, I reckon, is putting a close leash on Tevez, the ugly munt. He’s been involved in 9 of City’s 12 goals this season, and scored 28 times in 31 league outings. And on the negative side of things, the ref is going to be Clatten-pillock. We’ve lost 5 of the last 7 games we’ve played with him in charge. I hope that’s a freak of statistics.
Kolo’s injured, but his brother Yaya is increasingly running the Man City show. Song, Fabregas, and Denilson must get a handle on his powerful runs forward. While I rate Kompany, I’d like our strikers to exploit the general over-ratedness of Lescott.
We’ll miss Jack the lad’s creativity in midfield (he’s suspended) so it’s imperative that Denilson has a good all-round game. We’ve got to make sure that Barry, de Jong, and Yaya don’t out-muscle us, and that we keep playing the kind of attacking football that saw us defeat Chelski.
Speaking of attacking football, I’d love to see a front three of Arshavin, Chamakh and v Persie, but I fear that we’ll only see one of RvP / Chamakh. I think Chamakh will start as he’s been rested recently, and is hopefully ready to return all guns blazing.
Given their physical strength in midfield, I imagine we’ll see Nasri play further forward with Chamakh and Arshavin, and Denilson added to Song and the captain in midfield. Theo’s a possibility, especially as their defenders are hardly known for their pace. But I reckon AW will be cautious and leave him on the bench.
It’s pretty much anyone’s guess as to the combination at the back, but I think the manager will start with Koscielny and Djorou, with a nod to the form of the Swiss, and the speed of the Frolish.
So I expect:
Fabianksi – Sagna – Koscielny – Djourou – Clichy; Fabregas – Song – Denilson; Arshavin – Chamakh – Nasri
and from Citeh:
Hart – Boateng – Lescott – Kompany – Bridge; de Jong – Barry – Yaya Touré; Tevez – Adebayor – Silva
Having to type that Togolese tw*t’s name is sending me into paroxysms of rage. I hope he gets crushed by his team bus as it arrives at the Grove, and gooners can laugh while they witness the end of his worthless career. A bit harsh? I think not.
As for the odds, as I said, I’m feeling bold and I’m going for 2-0. I was tempted by 3-2 at 28/1 with BlueSquare but I’m plumping for 2-0, 9/1 with Sky Bet. For my long shot 4-0 is available at 40/1 with William Hill. As for goalscorers, Song to score first at 25/1 with Coral has to be worth a couple of quid, while for the less adventurous, the captain to score first is 8/1 with Stan James. An additional bet I may well place is the thug de Jong to get booked first at 8/1 with Sky Bet.
Some friction within the Citeh camp – between Kolo Touré and The C*nt (who else?) – gives me hope that we can defeat them by class alone, but sadly, the contest isn’t held in terms of who has the best club. We have to beat them on the pitch – win the midfield battle, muzzle Tevez, and please back 5, no mistakes.
COME ON THE ARSENAL!
Arsenally well up for it,