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Cologne v Arsenal II; teams and other snippets. The vision from Cyprus.

By Tony Attwood

Well, here I am in Cyprus, just getting ready for the first dance of the holiday, having had the opening meal with the assembled gathering of dancers, and a greater consumption of alcohol than I would ever normally have before dancing.  Falling over could be one of the new dance steps that I now introduce to my routine.  But the weather is gorgeous – or at least wonderful compared to England at this time of year.

So before I toddle off to dance, what news of Arsenal?

Obviously several of the normal sources of information are not available to me what with me being at a distance of some 4500km from the action, but I hear from sources (and who knows how reliable they are) that Theo Walcott might not be part of the show as he recovers from illness.   Anyone closer to the action than me might be able to give some insight into this.

The story is that he did not train at London Colney on Wednesday morning.  However it seems Olivier Giroud has recovered from his thigh injury and David Ospina plus  Danny Welbeck are available.  Since the triumvirate forward line that knocked the tiny totts into a cocked hat should presumably play in this weekend’s game, the I guess Danny will get a place in the starting line up in the Europa, perhaps on the wing with Giroud in the middle.

I was writing recently, in my usual incoherent way, on home and away results.  Here are Arsenal’s game away from the Ems this season…

Date Match Result Score Competition
06 Aug 2017 Arsenal v Chelsea (Wembley) W 1-1 (4-1) FA Community Shield
19 Aug 2017 Stoke City v Arsenal L 1-0 Premier League
27 Aug 2017 Liverpool v Arsenal L 4-0 Premier League
17 Sep 2017 Chelsea v Arsenal D 0-0 Premier League
28 Sep 2017 FC BATE Borisov v Arsenal W 2-4 UEFA Europa League
14 Oct 2017 Watford v Arsenal L 2-1 Premier League
19 Oct 2017 Crvena Zvezda v Arsenal W 0-1 UEFA Europa League
22 Oct 2017 Everton v Arsenal W 2-5 Premier League
05 Nov 2017 Manchester City v Arsenal L 3-1 Premier League

I make that a grand total of

  • Wins: 4
  • Defeats: 4
  • Draws: 1

Not the best set of results we could imagine, but nevertheless not too bad.

We would expect Reiss Nelson and Ainsley Maitland-Niles to play, but will Eddie Nketiah get a start?   Again we expect Joe Willock to start, but will Jack be there, or will he be held back for the weekend game in the old industrial north?

As for the home side, Cologne will be without Simon Zoller who picked up a thigh injury in the weekend’s defeat by Mainz.

A bit more analysis of the table that I published in the first of these previews: if Red Star Belgrade win away to the tractor boys of Bate Borisov Cologne would also need to win to keep alive their hopes of making the knockout stages.  So I don’t think we can count on the opposition as just rolling over.

Interestingly, in a desperate attempt to show that this could be a very tricky game for Arsenal the media is pointing out that Cologne did beat Arsenal last time the two met in Germany, 1-0, in….  the Fairs Cup in 1971.  Oh yes and they have won four of their eight home meetings with English opposition.

Here’s another lovely won, they beat the Very Tiny Totts 8-0 in the Intertoto Cup in July 1995.

But we should not take that as a positive omen since Arsenal have lost their last three away games against German opposition.  So not really much point in Arsenal even bothering to travel.

In fact we have won just four of the 17 away games against German opponents in all European competition.  It really does seem hopeless.  Besides if we won, that would make Arsenal the first English team to win away at five different German opponents in all European competition.  And that would never do.  Liverpool could do it, or Man U, but not Arsenal.  Not allowed!

So Arsenal no chance then.

Oh, and you know all this stuff about the number of touches players make in matches and how significant that is, well Olivier Giroud (35) and Theo Walcott (32) are the two players to have made the most touches in the opposition box in the Europa League this season.

So there we are.  In Cyprus it was a lovely warm day, and the night is young.  I shall go and explore what’s on offer.

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7 comments to Cologne v Arsenal II; teams and other snippets. The vision from Cyprus.

  • Gord

    Non-gorgeous weather in England at this time of year?

    As soon as October ended, we’ve nominally been -10C in the day and -20C at night. And over 3 snowfalls, we have 2 feet or more of snow, but that has settled a little since falling. Earlier today we had of freezing rain (threat continues for a while yet).

    I think England weather might be a little better than that. 🙂

    But that is the difference between northern prairies in Canada, and England.

  • Gord

    What do we know from Wednesday Champions League?

    Brendan Rogers (ex Liverpool!!!!!) is now certain he is not the best British manager.

    Wonderful! We can cross him off the BS list that medja idjuts are still working on, as to who might succeed Wenger.

    It’s nice to see ManUre loose.

    And, I’m hoping for another Arsenal-II victory.

    COYG!

  • Samuel Akinsola Adebosin

    Yes, Le Prof has indicated in his presser yesterday that he’ll start more of the experience Gunners than the youth ones in our away EL Cup match away to FC Klon.

    I think I’ll agree with Le Prof in this regard as he might have sensed Klon could decide to play a World Cup final match against Arsenal in this EL Cup match so as to give their fans a good result to smile and cheer about and be happy away from the disappointment to their Bundesliga campaign this season.

    My 3-4-2-1 starts and 7 man bench for the match.

    Starts:
    Ospina
    Debuchy ElNeny Holding
    Nelson Wilshere Coquelin Niles
    Welbeck Iwobi
    Giroud.

    Bench:
    Macey Mert’ Osei-Tutu Sheaf Willock Dasilva Akpom

  • para

    Hope we play well and build confidence especially for the “new” youth coming through to get them well settled in the 1st team.
    Would love them to be pushing hard at the regulars to make them step up another notch.

  • Brickfields Gunners

    Good luck Arsenal ll . Up the Gunners !

  • Alexanderhenry

    I hope wilshire gets a start tonight.

    Also, this a good assessment of wenger and arsenal post David dein by Amy lawrence :

    https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/nov/21/sven-mislintat-arsenal-borussia-dortmund-scout-revive-fortunes

  • markyb

    A load of garbage quoted by a piece of garbage.

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