Seems ages since we last played. Imagine how it is for teams that don’t have European football like Chelsea and Liverpool.
But … does this really give them an advantage.? Well, it is said, justifiably, that the table does not lie.
We have two home games ahead of the Chavs away, Burnley and Watford. You would think an automatic 6 points but it never is, is it? We know what to expect – 10 men behind the ball, an aggressive (read violent) midfield, and our boys reduced to ticky-tacky.
I quite understand why Burnley will play this way, their away form is terrible with just 3 goals scored in 9 games and but one point. Why would they take the risk of attacking us and getting hammered?
Yet Burnley sit 10th in the PL. One hell of an achievement considering the size of Burnley which has a population roughly equivalent to todays attendance at The Emirates.
Thinking of Burnley’s midfield … Joey Barton. Here is a fine example of the genetic aberrations which result from Northern family inbreeding. Can you recall Gervinho’s first game for us in which he received a red card after being attacked by Barton? I loved AW’s rebuttal of Barton’s claims that we tried to sign him – hilarious. What a preposterous idea that just because Barton wanted to join AFC that Mr. Wenger would let him!!
Bellerin Mustafi Koscielny Monreal
Ramsey Xhaka Iwobi
Ozil Giroud Sanchez.
We will need some height and strength upfront because Burnley are sure to sit deep.
A few long-distance shots today, please. And an early goal would be delightful. As would a first half with all 11 players awake (unlike our last few games).
We have to win this one, I think we will
Let it be So.