Speaking of Mustafi Mr Wenger said, “He’s reading the game well, strong in the challenge, and he likes to talk as well, so that’s an important quality in that part of the pitch. On both sides of him, we have Koscielny and Monreal who are quick, so that looks well-balanced.
“Communication is very, very important. In the organisation, it’s very important that you talk early, and sometimes you have to be very vocal because the crowd is shouting.”
Elsewhere, Jack is available, but I suspect he will only play once a week, Ozil is fit again, and the Xhaka / Ramsey control centre in the middle of the pitch really seems to be getting its act together and Ramsey has been improving all the time, in my view. I fancy another goal from him this evening.
This could be the moment when we see the dream attacking line up with Ozil and Alexis feeding Lacazette in the middle, with Bellerin and Kolasinac as the wing backs.
So, here we go with
Koscielny Mustafi Monreal
Ozil Lacazette Alexis
Making sandcastles on the beach, we will have some or more or less of
Ospina, Holding, Mertesacker, Elneny, Wilshere, Walcott, Iwobi, Giroud
Now you will have noticed if paying attention that this is indeed eight, so maybe Jack might be left to rest to have him completely ready for the flight to the long-off lands of Europa. (And when we come to think Europa, let us not forget that Arsenal’s total of 75 points last season was the most for a team finishing fifth ever in the Premier League era.
Staying with the statistics department, they have been at it with their abacuses (or is that abacii?) and point out that we have won seven PL games in succession at home, which is approaching the rather find nine game run from December 2014 to April 2015.
And it seems that if Lacazette not only starts but also scores he would be the first Arsenal man to score in his three opening league games since the always enthusiastic Brian Marwood in September 1988.
Plus we know that Alexis has started 99 Premier League matches. Gilberto Silva is the only man from South America to have played 100 or more games in the PL for Arsenal.
Here’s a few more…
We have scored at least three goals in the last three home matches, so a continuation of that sequence would be particularly welcome, not least because we have conceded nil in five of the last six home games against the wobbleyous – who have won only one of their last 11 away games in the PL.
So that is more or less it. We’re off to meet up at the pub as usual in London before venturing forth into the game. Hopefully we’ll have no more of this “match delayed” malarky, and will all make it safely back to continue the debate tomorrow.