Middlesbrough come to us on an unbeaten run of one. Arsenal are on a 7 match winning streak. Should be easy, never is.
The current form of the Gunners is as good as we have seen for many a year and the prospects are positive. However, it has to be said we have played ordinary teams and the real test of our potential is yet to come in November which has been crap for us for a couple of generations.
Will Mr Wenger celebrate his birthday with a gamble? Will he give Perez a run out? Will Gibbs excellent performances won him a start? Will he reward Ospina? I doubt it.
Bellerin Mustafi Koscielny Monreal
Cazorla Coquelin Iwobi
Walcott Sanchez Ozil
Our bench is awesome and all riding the pine would be first on the team sheet at ‘Boro.
And what of Boro? Well, as I sit in an airport lounge awaiting a delayed SAS flight, I cannot really tell you. I have been to Middlesbrough and have to say it is an unimpressive town. I was staying at the home of one of the city councillors who very proudly showed me her city. For her sake I feigned interest but have to say I couldn’t wait to return to Islington. To those few Boro fans who can read, if you can move down South of Watford into the light.
We need to take the points this afternoon and many will think anything less than an easy victory will be failure. In the PL this is rarely the case, as we all know “there are no easy games at this level”, but I am hopeful.
Win today and we could go ToTL. Happy Days.