I have to admit to knowing very little about Bate Borisov – I didn’t even know they were based in Belarus, in fact I don’t even know where Belarus is! But, if they are in the Europa then they have to be decent opposition!
I have read that Hleb started his career at Bate, that they have won the Belarus League the last 11 years running, Their ground holds 13k and will be filled with Arsenal fans because Belarus has many Arsenal fan clubs.
Beyond that ….??
So, this PM will concentrate on the away team. How many goals have Arsenal conceded in their last 4 games? I will tell you. None. Given the start we had with 8 goals leaked in just 3 games, this is huge. Some may say that it is down to good fortune, fortunate refereeing decisions and poor opposition but the fact remains, we have gone 360+ minutes without conceding,
This is huge.
We are wonderful attacking players, so many that International first teamers cannot even get on the bench, but defenders? And defensive organisation?
And midfield control? Have we just been lucky or has Mr Wenger found a way to set up his team to stop the massive gaps exposed by Leicester and Liverpool?
Is the absence of Ozil and the resurgence of Ramsey just co-incidence?
3 games in 6 days means rotationand a chance to judge the quality of the squad.
Even allowing for over half the team being reserves we should still win tonight (though I hesitate to predict a victory as I usually put a bok on the team). A front line including Walcott, Sanchez and Giroud is potent.
Holding BFG Monreal
Bellerin Maitland- Niles Wilshire Elneny
Walcott Giroud Sanchez
Perhaps it would be good to start with Ryan Nelson but given Holdings frailty aon the right it makes sense to give him the security of Bellerin.
6 p.m. kick off (7.00 CET), ideal, wish there were more.
Our first away fixture in the Europa. It would be great to start with a win … Let it be So.