By Bulldog Drummond
The good news is that for Koscielny everything is going to plan. The manager recently confirmed this saying, “First, the idea is to play with the Under 23s, but also I am looking at him and with his good performances and good feelings, he is close. Maybe Monday he can play with the under 23s.”
That would be good because things have not been going so well for the under 23s of late, perhaps because of the number of players moving up to be in the first team squad. After a 4-0 win over Liverpool and a 2-1 away victory at Leciester which the midland division of Untold went to watch, Arsenal then had two draws (goalless at home to Everton, 1-1 away to Swansea), and then on 3 November a 4-5 home defeat to Chelsea – the team under investigation for its dealings with juniors.
That left the under 23 league reading like this…
|2||Derby C U23||10||6||2||2||14||10||+4||20|
Meanwhile we are told Monreal is still not ok and is not in the squad. On the other hand the good news is the confirmation that both Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are up and ready to rock n roll, or whatever the correct phrase is these days.
That is not the case for Stephan Lichtsteiner with his hamstring problem and that is said to be something that will be assessed today.
Bournemouth are entering a series of fixtures in which they play three of the top five in the course of two weeks, so “steady as she goes” could well be their approach at this time. They might even fancy their chances of grabbing sixth or seventh position in the league come the end of the season, and so having a bash at the Europa League – although Burnley showed this year just how tough getting through the play offs can be.
But overall the general feeling in the media is that a 16 match unbeaten run counts for nothing because we have drawn a few games and we’re not in the top four. Arsenal in decline is the feeling.
Eddie Howe however, as always, is more measured and reasonable, and by and large seems to come across as a jolly decent bloke. For this game he said, “Arsenal have outstanding attacking players and a good look about their team, it will be a tough match. If one to 11 we are very good, then we can do well. It will be an interesting game to see which attack comes out on top and it will be a great battle for our defenders as well.”
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