November. We usually struggle.
I could stop the post here and just re-blog it as the PM for every game in the month but that wouldn’t be very entertaining , would it?
As to tonight’s game, it is eminently winnable. We smashed the Bulgarians at home and should do so again tonight …. but we are The Arsenal and there is many a slip twixt cup and lip etc etc.
Our form is good though untested against decent opposition, our players are fit apart from a couple of centre forwards, our results are better away from home. What can go wrong?
Complacency; both from manager and players. They will expect to win, as we expect them to.
Ludogorets have earned the chance to play in the CL, having won the Bulgarian League and beaten among others, Red Star Belgrade in the qualifiers, they have also drawn with Basle so they are no pushovers. Less than 100% effort will result in a loss of important points.
Why are they important? You already know 😉 so I won’t waste your time.
Jens Mustafi Kos Gibbs
Elneny Coq Iwobi
Ox Sanchez Ozil
Should Xhaka start in place of Elneny or Le Coq? Not for me – he has to stay on the Naughty Step and learn that making stupid tackles like the one v Swansea is not the Arsenal Way.
The only other question mark is whether Arsene will rest players (see :complacency). He may choose to play Ramsey and Giroud in order to rest Ozil and Sanchez, however AW has been clear about giving Ramsey time to bed into the team again, so I doubt he will start. Whereas the FFP has shown why he is important and that sometimes Alexis can be the Plan B.
Ludogorets ground has a capacity of just over 8,000 and is sold out. I expect to see the crowd fervent for the first half, less so in the second, followed by some heads down muttering allowing our travelling few to be heard celebrating.
Let it be So.