Two losses are a sobering experience so I doubt our chaps will have piled into the beers and port over Yule. My guess is that they are really raring to go and make the end of the year a positive.
West Brom and Pulis are not exactly the opponents Mr Wenger would have chosen, my guess is that he would have liked to play a Top 4 side but instead we play a team who are punching above their weight, sitting in 8th.
A few stats: We have only lost to WBA once in our last 11 meetings. They have only beaten us once at The Emirates (2010). The last time we played WBA on Boxing day was in 2002, we won 2-1.
The papers seem to be indicating that if we can stop Matt Phillips, we will be OK as he has been involved in 7 goals in 7 games.
Pulis. I have written extensively about this fellow over the years. I am too mellowed out to start again now 🙂 Suffice to say, I don’t like him, his tactics or his cap.
Arsenal: I expect to see the same team start which started at The Etihad. They have to show their poor second half was an isolated occurrence. I am sure there have been post-mortems aplenty.
Given the number of games over the next days there is sure to be rotation but I expect this to happen vs Palace and beyond.
Bellerin Gabriel Koscielny Monreal
Xhaka Coquelin Iwobi
Walcott Sanchez Ozil
We have to win. Not just because we need the points. Such is the Arsenal fanbase that any faltering in our title bid is greeted with angst and opprobrium. Goodness knows how the “supporters” will react to losing at The Emirates. No doubt a chorus of booing and Wenger Outs.
But that won’t happen because we are going to win.
Written by Big Raddy