Sometimes you just know, don’t you?
I am 100% confident that we will beat the West London pretenders this afternoon and that will it be a VERY GOOD THING for a number of reasons.
Obviously, any Arsenal win is to be celebrated, but victory today will also silence (temporarily at least) the cacophony of negativity that has been echoing round the club since defeat at Brentford.
We have been inundated with an infestation of pundits vying to outbid each other in their forecasts of doom.
Like ants they have been crawling all over social media spewing rhetoric that gets ever more heated: Arsenal are one of the favourites for relegation; the clock is ticking for Arteta; Ramsdale is a waste of money; Odegaard is ‘bang average;’ our transfer activity has been terrible.
It’s time to call in Rent-o-Chill.
And so to today. Entertaining a strongly fancied team like Chelsea is the perfect scenario after the opening day disappointment.
Of course, seeing our injury-weakened team capitulate at Brentford was depressing, but to write off a season on the basis of a single result is a form of foolishness that any sensible supporter should know to ignore.
The same would be true if we’d beaten Brentford 5-0. No doubt people would have been praising Arteta and saying that Arsenal were outsider contenders for the title. That would have been equally foolish.
Team news remains mixed. By all accounts Odegaard is available to play and we can assume Ramsdale will be on the bench.
Ode showed enough talent with us last season to convince this observer at least that we have secured a real gem for what will turn out to be a bargain price. Yes, there’s some crossover with Smith Rowe, but they have already shown they can work well together (so it’s not an either/or situation) and, in any case, they have quite different styles of play.
As for Ramsdale, he has clearly been brought in to replace Leno in due course. I expect the move to happen in January when we sell the German and bring in a cheaper back-up or promote a goalie from the Hale End Academy.
Auba is potentially available after being Covid-pinged, but Partey and Gabriel are both still out with injury.
Worryingly, Willian is “being assessed,” but surely Arteta would not dare bring on the useless Brazilian bog-brush in front a real, actual crowd of supporters?
Torreira is back in the squad but I don’t expect him to feature as I imagine we’re still trying to move him on in this window.
Also, I would not rule out the possibility of another major transfer move as the window winds to a close at the end of the month, possibly a striker.
So let’s stop the moaning, get behind the manager and the team and enjoy a first home win of what promises to be an exciting campaign.
Chambers – White – Mari – Tierney
Xhaka – Lokonga
Pepe – Odegaard – Aubameyang
Come on You Gunners