|29 Oct 1969||Sporting Lisboa v Arsenal||D||0-0||Fairs Cup|
|26 Nov 1969||Arsenal v Sporting Lisboa||W||3-0||Fairs Cup|
So we went through 3-0 on the adding up rule.
Here’s what the Express website makes of it. “Arsenal have now notched up 10 consecutive victories across all competitions but their squad depth will be severely tested with a tricky away trip against Sporting.
“Emery has several injury issues to contend with as four first-team stars are doubtful and a further three players definitely sidelined, while his side are also back in action on Sunday against Crystal Palace.”
So that takes us up to seven injuries, although the subsequent note includes “Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Carl Jenkinson” as “long-term absentees”. Hmmm.
But we do have a squad, and although Untold always seems to be at loggerheads with some commentators, I go with the view that Elneny is a good solid player who can play well as defensive midfield and always gives everything for the game. Matteo Guendouzi we all know about and I’m never worried with him being in the team.
True the use of the phrase “wafer-thin” to describe our squad, which was the norm from 2012 onwards, is not seen so often, but that era of using that phrase always made me think, “hell, if we can come 2nd, 3rd and 4th with a wafer thin squad, just think of what we could do with a real team.”
So, who might we see tonight? I would imagine Danny Welbeck is due for a game, and it would be great to see some more Emile Smith-Rowe. But if not tonight then we do have the league cup game next Wednesday (we shall be there of course) so I guess he will play then.
Looking further afield, I am told that Mr Emery has only lost one group stage game in the Europa ever – although I am not sure what that game was. The figures presented however show him winning 11 and drawing eight.
And here’s a jolly snipped from the BBC: “six different players have scored for Arsenal in the Europa League this season, more than any other side – Aubameyang, Ozil, Matteo Guendouzi, Emile Smith-Rowe, Sokratis and Danny Welbeck.”
Now I wonder what the word “different” is doing in that sentence. What would it mean if “different” were not there? Absolutely the same. And the opposite: “Six identical players have scored…” Ah we are back in the world of identical twins. Our very best wishes to Mrs Ramsey. Tony has identical twins in his family so he knows all about it.
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