By Bulldog Drummond
Some bookies have decided to take a new twist on the issue of Arsenal’s team changes and are talking up the possibility of a huge clear out by Arsenal, and offering all sorts of odds on everyone getting out of the club at once. Well, not quite everyone but they seem pretty sure that Chuba Akpom is going, so is Olivier Giroud, Danny Welbeck, Mohamed Elneny, and Mat Debuchy.
I’m not sure that this sort of punt is really realistic but if you do want some more realistic football betting tips you should have a look at that link.
Elsewhere Jeorge Bird who knows a thing or three about Arsenal’s training ground activities has reported that Ramsey and Monreal are both in full training while Nelson, Nketiah and Macey trained with the first-team.
Mr Wenger was less certain. “We might have Ramsey back in the squad – he has a test today. After that, we have the uncertainty over Nacho Monreal who came off during the game against Crystal Palace. Hopefully he will be available. He has a test this morning as well.”
Elsewhere there is a bit of a struggle going on to get much more news and information, except that the Daily Star tells us most dramatically that
“Arsenal New-Boy Henrikh Mkhitaryan Smacks Team-Mate In Head During First Training Session.”
Well I never. You could try the official Premier League site if you want something a little more earth bound.
And there is more shock horror news coverage for Henrikh (which is easier to write than the surname) because not a second after the man has been given the number 7 shirt than we are told he will have another shirt as well thus becoming Two Shirts Mkhitaryan.
Of course that comment will mean nothing unless you watched Monty Python and a certain Mr Jackson who contemplated building a second shed, but it is all true apparently. And all this is because Alexis wore 7 playing against Cologne, Mk must wear a different number if he appears in the rest of the campaign. Children would cry and goodwives would be weeping in the high street with confusion if two men wore 7 in the same season.
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And besides Tomas Rosicky might turn up and ask for it back.
Meanwhile you will have heard that Arsenal under 23s beat Bayern 5-2 in the under 23s cup to win the group and go through to the knock out stages even though not all games have been played. Here is the table for our group:
FC Bayern München
The team for that game was
Hugo Keto, Jordi Osei-Tutu (one goal), Julio Pleguezuelo, Ben Sheaf, Rob Holding, Konstantinos Mavropanos, Emile Smith-Rowe (one goal), Josh Da Silva, Vlad Dragomir (one goal), Joe Willock, Jeff Reine-Adelaide: (two goals).
I can’t imagine any of those players being involved in the game tonight having just played! But good to see Le Jeff continuing his rehab.
But enough of this, what of the team for tonight I hear you cry, and here is a line up that may or may not have some resemblance to the team that appears…
Mustafi Kos Monreal
Bellerin Xhaka Wilshere Maitland-Niles
Ozil Lacazette Iwobi
Lurking on the beach that would leave a selection from Ramsey, Nelson, Nketiah, Mertesacker, Kolasinac, Macey, Chambers, Debuchy, Elneny, Welbeck, all depending of course on who is fit and who is not. The good thing is there is enough strength on the beach that if any of the selected team can’t make it we’ve got a few good men in there ready to step up, even with injuries and an under 23 game last night.
PS: That’s it from the team for today. Sadly Walter can’t help us out with a review tonight, but M1 traffic allowing we’ll be back from the game in the early hours of tomorrow, and ready to tell it like it might be all over again tomorrow.
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