We entertain Aston Villa this evening in North London and I haven’t the faintest idea how this is going to go.
Will we get the Villa that hammered Liverpool 7-2 and beat Leicester away?
Or will it be the Villa that got thrashed 3-0 by Leeds and lost a crazy seven goal fixture against Saints in their last league outing?
After a flying start the Brummies have lost two on the bounce, so I would not be surprised to see them set out more defensively than usual against us. They’ll be wanting to steady the ship.
Chances are they will be hard to beat and we know they carry a potent goal threat.
They have scored 15 goals already in the EPL in just six games, compared to our nine in seven games.
Jack Grealish and Ross Barkley give them plenty of attacking threat and athleticism in midfield.
Meanwhile young Englishman Ollie Watkins has been in good form up front.
But enough about them.
We have the personnel to win this game if we work hard and keep our concentration.
Selection raises a few issues: Holding or Luiz to partner Gabriel at the back? Pepe or Willian on the right? Will El Patron stick with Laca as central striker?
Chances are the heroes of Old Toilet will mostly get the call up again, with ElPartey being asked to reprise their dominant midfield showing against the Mancs. I expect to see this starting XI:
Bellerin – Holding – Gabriel – Tierney
Elneny – Partey – Saka
Willian – Lacazette – Aubameyang
Three points would send us into the latest tedious international break in good spirits and looking good in the table.
Come on you Gunners.