A golden opportunity…another miss for us?

Looking back at the last 3 seasons, we have always faltered when a golden opportunity was presented to us to (i) keep our distances with rivals in the race to the Top 4, (ii) to catch up our rivals in the race to the Top 4, (iii) or to position ourselves favourably in the Top 4.

Can we finally be breaking our duck today? Tottenham lost to Southampton and Man Utd drew…

We are playing the Wolves tonight away…not an easy game but neither an impossible task to beat them. We have to be solid as they break quickly and are also quite good in the air and set pieces. This is a game where our CBs and double-pivot will be tested as well as our full-backs…

We gotta play a strong line-up, be solid and win as well as finish the game with 11 players on the pitch:-P

Predicted line-up: Ramsdale – Soares/Tomy, White, Gabs, Tierney – Partey, Xhaka – Saka, Ode, ESR – Laca

Preferred line-up: Ramsdale – Tomy, White, Gabs, Tierney – Partey, Xhaka – Saka, ESR, Martinelli – Laca

At this stage, Partey-Xhaka is the most effective double pivot we have, which is annoying to admit. Lokonga seems to still be a bit light defensively and El Neny may not have recovered fully…

Laca will start as our captain…Let us see…Anyways…let us hope for a win. I think we can do it if we play 11 vs 11…

I have a good feeling about Pepe, Nketiah and ESR today…I think they could get involved and be decisive!



36 Responses to A golden opportunity…another miss for us?

  1. allezkev says:

    There is little or no room left for us to cock-up now as we enter the 17 cup ties period, every point frittered away at this time of the campaign would feel like a kick in the trophy room, so no more indulgent red card scenarios, keep XI on the pitch, hold your nerve, don’t offer the officials any opportunity for a stitch up and don’t lose – at the very least.

  2. RC78 says:

    Actual line-up: Ramsdale – Soares, White, Gabs, Tierney – Partey, Xhaka – Saka, Ode, Martinelli – Laca

  3. RC78 says:

    Wolbes: – Sa – Coady, Kilman, Saiss – Semedo, Neves, Dendoncker, Marcal – Trincao, Jimenez, Podence.

  4. RC78 says:

    4231 vs 343 set-up…It ll be down to Saka, Ode and Matinelli to create the overload offensively and to keep Semedo and Marcal out of the game as much as possible. This is a game for Ode or ESR to score…

  5. RC78 says:

    Sky Sports’ Adam Bate at Molineux:

    “It is bitterly cold here in Wolverhampton this evening but for both of these teams there is opportunity in the air after Manchester United and Tottenham failed to win this week.

    “Wolves can overtake Arsenal and jump to sixth with a win. The Gunners can overtake Manchester United and move into fifth – one point behind West Ham with two games in hand. Who will seize this chance?”

  6. RC78 says:

    Seems it is going to be a monologue on the blog tonight
    Seems like our loyal bloggers’ presence is just a long lost sight
    Seems like we may have a chance to beat the Wolves tonight
    And keep a the Top four in close sight…

    I will stop my poetry as nobody is here to enjoy it,
    Shame coz it is not too bad to be called shit
    Apologies for the last word of the previous verse
    But this was the only one that made sense at this time in my universe

    Enjoy the game everyone – see you at half time, hopefully! 😛

  7. RC78 says:

    Gabriel with a goal, Partey with a yellow card and poor defending on set pieces by both teams…

  8. RC78 says:

    We re not looking too solid defensively but quite good in transition

  9. RC78 says:

    Partey is really struggling…bettwe change him at half time

  10. RC78 says:

    Saka is on and off…Soares not great but Tierney-Martinelli working well

  11. RC78 says:

    There is space for a second goal before half time

  12. RC78 says:

    1-0 at half time. Nothing to be ashamed of – we have another gear in us but Cedric, White and Partey are a bit worrying defensively.

  13. seedeee says:

    Bit worried about both Partey and Xhaka on yellows…

  14. RC78 says:


  15. RC78 says:

    ESR on for Ode

  16. RC78 says:

    Red card…Martinelli

  17. RC78 says:

    Another game finishing 10 men…unbelievable…20 mins remaining

    4 or 5 games in a row now getting a man sent off…it s crazy

  18. fred1266 says:

    Arsenal the only side who can get 2 yellow in the same passage of play

  19. RC78 says:

    And Laca misses a golden chance 😦

  20. fred1266 says:

    Nice save ramsdale

  21. fred1266 says:

    Seems we always getting red when playing Wolves think Luiz got one some time ago

  22. RC78 says:

    We need Nketiah or Tavares in for Laca. Just someone with pace up front

  23. RC78 says:

    We re playing too deed. We will concede for sure.

  24. Sue says:

    I liked your poetry, RC 😜

    Can’t believe we’re down to 10 again!! MA really needs to sort this out, it’s pathetic! We’re really trying our hardest to screw up finishing in the top 4!!

  25. seedeee says:

    Wow do we make it hard for ourselves!

  26. RC78 says:

    We dug in but we hold to win…bloody hell…can’t believe it…A scrappy goal to win a scrappy game but we showed resilience in the end…

    Gabriel as the MoTM!

  27. RC78 says:

    Ramsdale, Holding, White, Gabriel, Tierney played well
    Partey-Xhaka played better in the second half
    Saka had a good game, Ode a quieter one and Martinelli a good one until he got sent off
    Laca worked hard but missed a glorious chance and Cedric was OK

  28. RC78 says:

    Now for Martinelli – very bizarre way to get sent off but he should know better too…He has done a few of these fouls this year and has been carded for them…Anyways..He is learning and he is passionate.

  29. RC78 says:

    Martinelli will be missing next game but we could play Pepe, Tavares as well as ESR on the wings so we should be ok…

  30. fatgingergooner says:

    I reckon we’d be a decent side if we had 11 players.

  31. LB says:

    Golden opportunity taken I would say. The back line is getting stronger and stronger.

    I don’t think a view from the stands would hurt Gabbi too much; in fact, a bit of objectivity could help.

  32. LB says:

    You really come up with some crazy ideas Slim……eleven men, impossible.

  33. pbarany says:

    The game wasn’t as entertaining as RC78’s lyrics, but all well that ends well.
    I’m not worried about Martinelli’s suspension either. Pepe will do his best to keep him out of the squad.

  34. RC78 says:

    The club should go all in for Mbappe 😛 What a player…The real heir to T. Henry…He needs to come to Arsenal now…:-P Come on Edu

  35. LB says:

    Mbappe? Now that’s what I call thinking big.

  36. fred1266 says:

    martinelli out is it pepe time

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