By Bulldog Drummond
Arsène Wenger has revealed just about the most boring set of team news that there has ever been. Everyone who went away came back safe.
Flamini has a little bit of a knock on his ankle but “I will decide if I involve him or not over the weekend,” said Mr W. Apart from that I hope I can give 90 minutes to every player.
That means Arteta is fully fit, and presumably so is Rosicky, who was recklessly left out of the last article. (Tony is on hands and knees begging your forgiveness. Shall I offer it? No, thought not).
Welbeck has not completely recovered, he is not in full training as yet, and won’t be available for three weeks at least. Alexis is still looking after his mum, and Ooooospina is oooooverseas giving everyone who suggested that he was in Turkey, knowing winks. Whatever happened to spotting players at airports?
I see one joker wrote in and asked why Arsenal were deliberately playing weak teams in the Emirates cup. Not too sure about that. Here’s where they finished last season in France.
Eight points behind the leaders but still in a healthy second place.
So far this pre-season I have found them playing three games. The first was against FC Sion, and here is the full and unexpurgated commentary from the Sky Sports web site (check the link if you don’t believe me) You have to read it backwards to get the full flavour of the report.
Match ends, FC Sion 0, Lyon 0.
As for today, here’s a lovely comment from one site: “All eyes will be on Wenger’s selection at goalkeeper.” (ESPN).
Oh come on. He’s going to play Cech in one game and Martinez in the other. Oooooooooooospina is still oooooooooverseas. Or did I say that already?
From those who know a thing or three about such matters, the word is that Clement Grenier started on the bench against Milan, so should play for Lyon, along with Claudio Beauvue—recently signed from Guingamp.
Predicted Lyon XI (4-3-3): Anthony Lopes; Christophe Jallet, Henri Bedimo, Lindsay Rose, Samuel Umtiti; Maxime Gonalons, Clement Grenier, Jordan Ferri; Nabil Fekir, Claudio Beauvue, Alexandre Lacazette
Alexandre Lacazette was the top goalscorer in Ligue 1 which of course means that some pundits have him down as our new signing. This is on the basis that if one mentions everyone, then in the end one of the comments will possibly be right.
Anyway, I went a hunting to see how Lyon compare with Arsenal in terms of the basics and found this on whoscored.com
|Team||Shots/ goal||Discip Y/R||Possession percentage||% Pass Success||Aerials Won||Rating|
Trouble is, having found that I am not sure what it shows, although it is interesting that in terms of the overall performance on this analysis Man U are not that far off Lyon.
But enough of such things. What about our line up?
Well, before we get to that, just one extra bit of news from Jeorge Bird who seems to know everything, Crowley, Zelalem and Toral not involved with first-team, but Serge Gnabry and Krystian Bielik training with the first team. Are we losing touch with Zelalem?
Debuchy Gabriel Mertersacker Monreal
Coquelin Santi Cazorla
Oxlade-Chamberlain Akpom Walcott
No? No, probably not. I mean I found it hard enough to predict the line up in league games last season where there is a lot more information available.
Anyway, if you are going, have fun. If not, it is on BT. Now two years ago, BT ran an Emirates Cup show which largely consisted of ex footballers sneering at the competition, and showing their utter inability to add 2 + 1.
Untold launched one hell of a campaign against BT, when it looked like they were about to repeat the trick in 2014, after a series of pre-season anti-Arsenal adverts.
Whether it was our campaign and complaints or just coincidence, but almost overnight BT changed its tune and gave us a very positive coverage. Let’s hope they remember the lesson they learned then.
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Update: the original article referred to the programme today being on Sky – this was corrected at 12.05pm. And the line up had no goalkeeper. Fixed at 12.48. Apologies. Not quite back in the swing of things yet.