This morning we came up with our scientific prediction of the team:
Debuchy Holding Gabriel Gibbs
Elneny The Ox
Perez Akpom Willock
So what has been going on since?
The main story about Arsenal seems to be a re-run of last year, that Bellerin is about to leave. The alternative story getting much less space is the Reine Adelaide, who apparently all of us now call “The Jeff” (sorry, no one told me) is now ready to shine.
Chris has been praised (according to the press) by Wenger as a ‘very gifted natural player with natural strength and natural talent… he can have a go at people, can get past people in one-on-ones.’
“Wenger will now hope the academy graduate can follow in Alex Iwobi’s footsteps and make an impact in the first-team.”
And there is talk that Granit Xhaka could start although he’s not in our team.
But mostly it is about how Mestre of Barcelona is doing the usual perfidious stuff that that awful club has made its disgraceful trademark (apart from child trafficking).
“We’ve already seen him as a Cule [Barcelona follower],” he said. “He’s a great player, there’s no doubt about that. Wenger convinced him to move and promised him something which we couldn’t.” Bit dumb of Barce then, but when you are backed by a state based on slavery you can do that.
Mestre also related Bellerin’s situation to that of other La Masia products who left in search of regular football and then returned as established players in their own right. In the Indy he says…
“Look at the cases of Cesc, [Gerard] Pique, [Jordi] Alba and Denis Suarez … I hope the same thing will happen with [Sergi] Samper too.
“It’s positive that [these players] get minutes at other clubs. It is a dynamic which has always provided good results for players that carry the Barça DNA in their blood.”
As for today the press are full of the old story that Forest donated Arsenal their first shirts and that “Arsène Wenger surprised Nicklas Bendtner signed for Nottingham Forest”.
So where is Forest (apart from in Nottingham)?
It is the 12th anniversary of Clough’s death and in the 12th minute a tribute is planned for the man who led Forest – “the most unprogressive club in the country” as one of their own committee members described them – to promotion, a league title, two European Cups, and four League Cups.
And ultimately relegation.
The big praise is also coming from the media for Forest’s academy. “There cannot be many other clubs in England’s top two divisions, if any, with a better production line from youth level to first team.”
Not sure about that.
So what have they done of late? Here are there recent games.
- 17 September: Nottingham Forest 1 Norwich 2
- 14 September: Rotherham 2 Nottingham Forest 2
- 11 September Aston Villa 2 Nottingham Forest 2.
- 27 August: Nottingham Forest 3 Leeds 1.
- 23 August: Millwall 1 Nottingham Forest 2 (league cup)
- 20 August: Nottingham Forest 4, Wigan Athletic 3
- 16 August: Brentford 1 Nottingham Forest 0
- 12 August: Brighton 3 Nottingham Forest 0
- 9 August : Doncaster Rovers 1 Nottingham Forest 2 (League Cup)
- 6 August: Nottingham Forest 4 Burton A. 3
And from that we might conclude there could be a few goals around tonight. They have 14 goals in the last six, which is not at all bad.
- Forest v Arsenal and Bellerin “has Barça DNA in his blood.”
- Ref Review: Arsenal – Southampton; a perfect example of how the new instructions to refs affects the flow of the game.
- Nottingham Forest v Arsenal – the scientifically selected Arsenal line up.
The anniversary of the day
20 September 1913: First use of “Victoria Concordia Crescit” – Victory through Harmony – in the club’s programme. It was used by Henry Norris (although may have been suggested by George Allison) to symbolise the hard work and dedication that had taken Arsenal to Highbury, and was only later taken on as the club’s motto.