The Final Hurrah

May 13, 2018

So we come to the end of a momentous season. Superb at home, dreadful away, nearly-men in the Europa, and about to be manager-less.

But let’s not look back just yet, let’s focus on this afternoon, just as Mr Wenger will. Can we finish with a win?

I cannot remember the last time all 3 promoted teams stayed up, can you? (without the help of Google!). A tiny club like Huddersfield avoiding the drop is a remarkable achievement. Huddersfield is a rugby town, home to Harold Wilson, There has been a settlement there for over 4,000 years and yet not since the ’30’s have they had any footballing success. HTFC have not been in the top tier since the early ’70’s. Promotion was huge, staying up is even bigger.

Given they needed points from their last 3 games which were MU, Chavs and AFC the Terriers seemed doomed but they did better at OT and the Bridge than we did – much better. Can they three-peat?

Herbert Chapman. Before AW without question HTFC & AFC’s most influential and successful manager. You know the rest … blah, blah blah Arsene Wenger.

My Team:

Cech

Chambers    Mustafi    Monreal

M-N   Xhaka    Wilshire   Kolasinac

Mhki

PEA     Laca

Ozil injured (???) and the Big Bubble banned.  This could be the final game in the shirt for a few of our players  – Wilshire, Ospina and a couple more may be on their way out.

It is the time for change which is very exciting.

The focus will inevitably be upon Mr Wenger. I have written hundreds of posts and PM’s  – all of which have featured Arsene. I have enormous respect for him and wish him well. The reception he was given at Leicester was spine-tingling, we can expect the same this afternoon.

A win would be great for a number of reasons; a final hurrah for Arsene, a better end of season party for the players, removing the inevitable media focus upon not winning an away match in 2018, and sending BR into the summer break with a smile on his face.

Thank you to those who have read my pre-matches throughout the season, they are usually fun to write.

COYRRG

 

 

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Home Run to Continue?

November 29, 2017

Huddersfield Town F.C. was where Herbert Chapman won Div 1 twice before arriving at Arsenal. We owe them but the debt should be paid by allowing them a few minutes of parity before scoring a a hatful.

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One of GN5 mates

A hatful is possible but unlikely because, as H’field showed against City, they are a very good, well-organised team. Scoring is a problem, as far as I can see, they have scored only 3 goals away from home all season and all three were in the same game! But, they have beaten Man Utd so this is unlikely to be a walkover.

Much is made of Wagner (the manager not the composer), and he does seem to be more than just Jurgen Klopp’s best friend.

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Expect PTB and loads of possession, something we witness so often at The Emirates.

My Team (the one I expect to play, not the one I would pick)

Cech

Mustafi    Koscielny    Monreal

Bellerin    Ramsey   Xhaka   Kolasinac

Wilshire

Lacazette    Sanchez

If it were my choice we would play 4-3-3 with Welbeck starting and resting  Kolasinac. I don’t see the need for the extra defender when playing a side who are certain to defend in depth and play on the break.

What would be your chosen team?

We need these 3 points and to continue our wonderful home form (well results rather than form). With a hige game on the weekend we need to maitain confidence and drive.

So, welcome to the Emirates Huddersfield, it is excellent when such a small club proves money is not the only driver in football. I really hope you have the opportunity to play here next season and get beaten again 😀

COYRRG