By Bulldog Drummond
So, contrary to popular belief, we do have some players. Ramsey came on against Hull somewhere around the 25th minute of playing time (the 63rd-minute of time including stoppages). Arteta was on the bench. Theo Walcott, played for the under 21s with Gnabry and Diaby.
And we know that young Emiliano Martinez, (22 as every paper delights in reporting – along with the fact that he is 6 feet 4 inches tall, although with most missing the fact that he cost under £1m) will play. His previous games were.
- Arsenal 6 Coventry 1
- Reading 5 Arsenal 7
But here’s a snippet I found tucked away in one journal. When Arsenal bid for him, the young man thought the bid came from Arsenal de Sarandí, locally known as El Arse
Which might well give us…
Lukas Podolski and Theo Walcott could be on the bench plus Flamini, Rosicky, Oxlade Chamberlain, Coquelin, Campbell and probably Ryan Huddart.
Anderlecht and Arsenal have played with each other twice in European competition – in the final of the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 1969-70. We lost 3-1 in the first leg and won 3-0 in the second at Highbury. It was the first Arsenal trophy for 85,000 years. Well the first for 17 years at least, but it seemed like 85,000. It makes the nine years between winning the cup last season, and the previous trophy look like, sort of, just half the wait. Which by and large it was.
Here’s another stat: Anderlecht have not won in a European competition since they beat Zenit St. Petersburg in November 2012. That is a run of seven defeats and three draws since then.
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