Mr Wenger said the start of the season has been “a shot in the foot”. Already 5 points off top 4 and a tricky away fixture today could worsen our situation.
Let’s look at the runners and riders.
Watford have done well since their return to the PL, 13th and some major scalps plus a reputation as a hard -working attacking team. Can they cement their place or will it be second-season syndrome? The same can be said for Bournemouth.
Mazzari is an interesting choice of coach and arrives having managed both Napoli and Internazionale. Will he propel Watford to the Top 10? The owners are not afraid of experimentation and that alone makes Watford an interesting club.
An Argentinian MF named Pereyra is WFC’s record signing at €20m (sorry my keyboard and mind don’t do UK Sterling!!). The inflation in the market is crazy when a small town club can spend €20m on a player.
As always if we defend well the game will be easier and we will have to – Deeney and Inhale have shown they can be very dangerous. Other standout players are the new signings Janmaat and Kabul. Kabul could have been a fine CB but sadly for him he is tainted but the skinny Cockerel, Janmaat is a Dutch international FB and someone I thought AW may be interested in when his previous club (Newcastle) were released.
Watford play at The Vicarage. Last time I went there we smashed them in the FA Cup. Can’t remember when – it is lost in the clouds and steam of time.
Enough of them.
Given his excellent game last weekend it must be strange for Holding to know a €35m man (who is only 4 years older) is taking your place. Can Holding play at RB? Will he be a squad member? Is he as good as Gabriel? So many questions about our CB situation. Mustafa’s arrival almost certainly means this will be BFG’s last AFC season.
We have to score today. Ozil will return which is a boon. Rumour has it that OG is injured 😦 so my guess at the team is this (and it gets harder as players return)
Bellerin Holding Koscielny Monreal
Cazorla Xhaka Coquelin
Walcott Sanchez Ozil
We are reaching the point where even the bench is hard to pick! This bodes well for the season given Arsenal’s propensity for injury.
Important to win today given the coming Interlude; should we lose the doomers will be bitching for 2 very long weeks. But we won’t lose , will we?