by Bulldog Drummond
There’s general agreement about the make up of the team tonight; we know Ospina is definitely in goal, and Welbeck plays in attack along with Mkhitaryan. Beyond that there is a fair amount of agreement from those taking guesses with a back four of Chambers, Mertesacker, Holding, Kolasinac regularly mentioned, and Iwobi, joining Mkhitaryan and Danny Welbeck up front.
Some have opted for Nketiah to start up front with Danny wide, but that seems a long shot. Most people have Maitland-Niles starting again as he did in Sweden, and pretty much everyone expects us to win.
After that on Sunday, the missing first team names return for the game against Manchester City, and we’ll be able to see exactly what impact on PGMO the opposition’s demands for a meeting about the unfairness of referee decisions has had. Which makes the point that at least we don’t have a PGMO referee tonight.
So that is the next four days. But after that what happens?
It appears at one level everyone is holding their collective breath, because whatever happens in the League Cup Final, barring a total cock-up tonight, we’ll still have two fronts to fight on: the Europa League to try and win yet another Cup, and trying to finish higher up the Premier League than we are now.
And the first match in that battle to get higher up the league is against… Manchester City at the Ems. Tickets for that match incidentally are still available, which also suggests a certain amount of waiting to see what happens in the League Cup Final.
But before that game, and assuming all goes well tonight we’ll also have the draw for the next round of the Europa. The current round is the last one in which there is any seeding, so we really could play any of the remaining teams, and as with the match last week in Sweden, it will be a case of playing a very strong selection of players throughout.
Apart from all that we are into wholesale transfer tales – the latest of which is that we are signing Rugani from Juventus to “sort out the defence”. At the same time we will have the predictions that everyone will be sold – the latest on his way out is Koscielny apparently.
Plus there might be a bit of an analysis as to exactly how well Alexis Sanchez has done at Manchester United.
Arsenal, as you will undoubtedly recall, were heavily criticised for failing to tie Alexis into a long term deal before the start of this season, and there was much talk (day after day after day in fact) about Alexis going on a free in the summer. The occasional note on Untold that given that he was already 29, by the time any new contract was into its third year he would probably look very over paid was not taken up by anyone as far as I know.
Now Man United are not averse to such deals as we saw with Van Persie who was given an extended contract and indeed did very well for Man U to help Ferguson win his final championship. After that however he left the club was a mismatched squad and with an ageing centre forward on a very high salary.
So that’s how the future maps out. And to keep us going here is some more tittle tattle
1: Pogba offered to top clubs –
2: Jack Wilshere ‘will leave Arsenal’ this summer –
3: Wenger hoping for Wilshere & Welbeck deals – G
4: Arsenal ‘eyeing summer swoop for £25m Juventus star Daniele Rugani’ Daily Mirror
5: “Under-fire Granit Xhaka not to blame for defensive mishaps”
So the tittle tattle continues, and whatever happens on Sunday, we’ll be needing to win as many games as we can.
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