By Bulldog Drummond
Article corrected at 6.40pm; the original line ups got mixed in editing and one team got placed inside another. Sorry.
So here is where we have got to. Two fixtures over the weekend and then its downhill all the way, at least according to those with emotional contagion. I think that phrase has to be Untold’s new symbol. Untold Arsenal, exposing emotional contagion, where ever it may be found. I quite like that.
What we have is this
Friday August 19: Viking FK v Arsenal. 7.30pm UK time. Live in the UK on ITV4 (although it is not listed in Radio Times).
Sunday 7 August: Manchester Airport v Arsenal. 6pm UK time.
As for Viking, they’re an established Norwegian club who are currently 7th in the Tippeligaen halfway through the season.
In 2002/3 they played Chelsea and beat them in the Uefa Cup. Ah, happy days.
I doubt that anyone is going to start both games, but those not starting in one will start in the other. So the question is how can we put two line ups together out of the players available.
And the other question is, do we put out all the best players in the game against Man City leaving the more junior players for the Viking game.
Wilshere has not travelled, nor have the late returnees. Gabriel has overcome his tonsillitis so I am told by those who know such stuff.
So this is pretty much guesswork here, but assuming the first team is being kept back for Sunday…
Today we may or may not have…
Debuchy Bielik Holding Gibbs
Willock Iwobi Adelaide
For the visit to the Airport
Bellerin Gabriel Chambers Monreal
Xhaka Santi Caz
Campbell, Oxlade Chamberlain, Walcott
This leaves the players with the squad but not starting in either game
The team for each match can of course be subs in the other game if this separation into two groups is what this is all about. Mr Wenger said, “We still have some problems to sort out – to defend better, our offensive game was quite interesting in matches. For us it’s very important to focus and improve the quality of our game.”
As for Viking, Kjell Jonevret signed as the club’s new manager on 19 June 2012. Jonevret has previously had a spell at Viking as a player during his playing career, from 1988 to 1990
Here’s the Norwegian League Table
I must say I quite fancy supporting a team called Odd, currently second in the league. Their proper name is Odds Ballklubb, but seemingly everyone calls them Odd. Some interesting Norwegian chants would be welcome.
But back to reality, Viking appear to be the lowest scorers in the league save for the bottom club IK Start who seem not to have lived up to their name. Scored 18 let in 19.
Unlike the Premier League, Tippeligaen, the Norwegian League, sells more players than it buys. Most players who transferred into the league for the current season came from the second level of Norwegian football, confusingly called the First Division (28.5%). 23.5% changed teams in the league, 9% have arrived from Sweden and 7% from Iceland.
Those leaving the league included 27% to go to the First Division, 12% transferred to Sweden and a joint 8% went to Iceland and Denmark respectively.
As for crowds in Norway, here’s the rundown thanks for European Football Statistics.
|Club||Average||Games||Change over last year||Highest|
|1||Rosenborg 1917 BK||18.368||7||1,8%||21.298|
|3||Viking FK Stavanger||9.349||7||-9,0%||11.321|
|4||Vålerenga IF Fotball||8.704||6||-13,8%||15.146|
|13||FK Bodø 1916 Glimt||3.567||7||12,0%||7.513|
|14||Stabæk IF Fotball||3.521||6||-9,3%||4.151|
|15||Sarpsborg 08 FF||3.422||6||-11,6%||3.540|
The ground capacity is shown as 16,500.
And that is about all I know. Sorry not to have more but if you know stuff, please do help me out here.