Yesterday was surprising, I was close to thinking we were going to be celebrating ‘Invincibles Day’ today when VAR couldn’t find a reason to disallow a Liverpool goal that looked off-side to me and hand them a draw against Man U.
The VAR officials had managed to ruin several managers weekends up to that point and Klopp was already incensed that Liverpool should have had a free kick in the lead up to Man U scoring. I’m sure the point of VAR is to make things easier with regard to on field decisions but there still seems to be such a lot of confusion. Hopefully we can get through this evening with VAR on our side.
This evening we travel to Sheffield United for our 9th EPL game of the season. We sit in 5th position and they are 15th. The news on the grapevine is that Tierney is ready to start, hopefully Bellerin too and Lacazette will be on the bench. Both of the wing backs will be fantastic additions to our squad and the return of Lacazette is a great boost.
The Blades have had some good results so far this campaign notably a draw with Chelsea and a win away at Everton but they’ve lost their last three home matches and won’t want that to be extended to four. Arsenal have only managed one away win so far this campaign, to Newcastle on the opening weekend but – and this is a great stat – The Gunners have won their last seven PL games in Yorkshire, the longest winning run by an away side in the county in English top-flight history 😃
After a long and incredibly boring International break it’s almost cruel to have Monday night football but here we are. Apart from the addition of Bellerin and Tierney I expect the team to look pretty much as it did before the break. The Blades are set up to defend well and so we’ll need to be a bit tricky to find space …… maybe not the night for Pepe to open his account but I’m sure Emery will stick with him. Aubameyang has scored four of our five away goals – Mr Reliable – and I’m sure he’ll be pleased to have Lacazette on the bench to come on and help out.
Our possible line-up ……..
Bellerin Sokratis Luiz Tierney
Guendouzi Xhaka Ceballos
Pepe Aubameyang Saka
I’m thrilled to have Arsenal football back, the weather forecast is good, we need a win on the road ………. COYG