No one quite knows what team we are putting out today, but there is talk of opportunities for Alex Iwobi, maybe Glen Kamara, also maybe Krystian Bielik and Ben Sheaf although I suspect that is left likely. And a much bigger role for Joel Campbell.
So the injury news (the same as at the weekend) doesn’t really count for much but one snippet of statistic that emerged from the pre-match chit-chat is that Giroud is second only to Sergio Aguero for the most Premier League goals scored over the past three seasons.
Now who would believe that after all the rampant negativity from the aaa about Giroud. Funny thing, if they had had their way, the second most productive goalscorer would have been thrown in a ditch and replaced by someone who wasn’t quite as good.
So what of the Tuesday?
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Sunday are unbeaten in their last eight games.
The last game between the teams was a Arsenal 3 Sheff W 3 at Highbury. We’ve played them five times in the League Cup and won the lot. But they haven’t lost a league cup game since August 2008.
What we do know is that Campbell will play. Speaking of that Mr W said, “I like Joel Campbell very much for two reasons. One is that he has outstanding individual quality, but he is also a team player. He works very hard for the team.”
We also know that Wenger Petr Cech will be in goal, because David Ospina is still injured, and clearly the manager doesn’t think the sub keeper Matt Macey is ready for the big time yet. Emiliano Martinez has been on loan at Wednesday and is now playing for Rotherham, although he seems to have vanished from the club’s web site for some reason.
Other men expected to play include Arsenal Calum Chambers, Kieran Gibbs and Mathieu Flamini. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain ought to play as well. Mertersacker could come in and play alongside Gabriel, to give Koscielny a break.
So far of course October has been quite jolly…
- October 4 vs Manchester United (H) 3-0
- October 17 vs Watford (A) 0-3
- October 20 vs Bayern Munich (H) 2-0
- October 24 vs Everton (H) 2-1
As for goals, we have scored 1999 goals since 12 October 1996 under Mr Wenger. Our first tonight ought to be a moment for celebration. Here’s the list of landmark goals
- 1) Ian Wright v Blackburn October 12 1996
- 50) Tony Adams v Leicester City (April 12, 1997)
- 100) Marc Overmars v Leeds United (January 10, 1998)
- 500) Thierry Henry v Watford (January 5, 2002)
- 1,000) Jose Antonio Reyes v Manchester City (May 4, 2006)
And in all that time the top scorers have been…
- 1) Thierry Henry – 228 goals
- 2) Robin van Persie – 132
- 3) Dennis Bergkamp – 102
- 4) Robert Pires – 84
- 5) Theo Walcott – 80
There’s another landmark too – Alex Iwobi will be the 200th player to play for Mr Wenger at Arsenal – so I guess it would square things up neatly if he scored the first of several tonight.
Interestingly he was recommended for this job by Jose Mourinho as they studied together for their UEFA Pro Licence and was at university with Mourinho’s assistant Rui Faria.
Let’s see what transpires.
Two more anniversaries
- 27 October 1948: Roger Davidson born. He won reserve team honours with Arsenal but only made one league appearance for the club. He later was part of Fulham’s 1971 promotion winning team.
- 27 October 1951 Arsenal 4 Fulham 3 – the first of three hat tricks in consecutive home games for Doug Lishman. Those three games involved 22 goals and were watched by a total crowd of 161,400.