Bloody Fat Sam again. Pardew was bad but The Walrus? Didn’t the Palace directors ask WHU about him and his style of football? I am sure Cabaye will be thrilled.
What can we expect from today’s game? You already know. FS will start his tenure at CP by “shoring” up the defence, which is just another way of saying Park the Bus, 6 at the back and rough up the opposition. We need to score early otherwise this will be another yawn-fest.
Of course, I could be wrong and Mr Allardyce may send out his team with a message full of attacking intent, he has the talent available, Benteke, Cabaye, Zaha and Palace could play some great stuff under Pardew but sadly, it seems, AP lost both the dressing room and his job.
Shame. Palace are a fine club. Their fans do not deserve to go through what the Hammers suffered under Allardyce who turned the Academy into a joyless club.
The England job: It shows the remarkable stupidity of the FA that they chose FS, but if we are honest they do not have a recent history of inspired signings.
So … the game plan is obvious. Lightning fast attacks or Tora, Tora, Tora if you are Japanese).
Mustafi is back so no need for two DM’s. Theo is out and Welbz isn’t ready yet. Ramsey is.
Bellerin Mustafi Kos Monreal
Ramsey Xhaka Elneny
Perez Sanchez Ozil
Mr Wenger will disagree and not be so attacking. We are likely to see the Coquelin start as he always does when fit, but as Elneny is about to depart for the ACN, I would like to see him.
Given the worrying form of all our rivals we have to win today. We had almost 80% possession and 23 shots against WBA, it could be more this afternoon.
Happy New Year and let’s hope 2017 brings some silverware
written by Big Raddy