By Bulldog Drummond
We have a certain lack of certainty today over such issues as
a) will the game be played at all
b) who will play in the Arsenal team.
Yesterday we had a brief look at the regulations that Uefa were using to impose a move of the match from the normal venue to the nominated second venue, and rather surprisingly there seems to be no clarification thus far as to whether the match will go ahead at all.
All we do seem to know for sure is who is in the squad. The list appears to be…
Cech, Elneny, Mkhitaryan, Ramsey, Lichsteiner, Maitland-Niles, Holding, Jenkinson, Martinez, Guendouzi, Gilmour, Iliev, Medley, Nketiah, Osei Tutu, Smith Rowe, Thompson, Willock, John Jules, Saka.
For the first match at Arsenal Stadium we had
Lichsteiner Sokratis Holding Monreal
Welbeck Mkhitaryan Iwobi
Which is now obviously going to change.
We don’t have Kolasinac, nor Pleguezuelo, Mustafi, Sokratis, Holding etc etc
Elneny could play at centre-back, a role that he has played in before. Up front we seem to have placed Eddie as the key player with Smith Rowe, Ramsey and MKhitaryan behind him. Which then gives us this sort of line up
Lichtsteiner, Holding, Elneny, Jenkinson,
Ramsey, Mkhitaryan, Smith Rowe,
But then again, there is no certainty there is going to be a game at all.
However not everyone agrees – and they don’t just see a different team on the pitch they have other people on the plane as well. Here is the Express’ team published on line today at 0632…
Lichsteiner Pleguezuelo Holding Jenkinson
Smith Rowe Ramsey Iwobi
So here’s a thought. Maybe there are two planes carrying Arsenal players. Maybe there is a third venue. Maybe they are going to play at both venues at once. Maybe I’ve got the wrong squad details. Maybe there is no crisis. Maybe the Express has got it all wrong.
No that last one couldn’t be right.
Who knows? But let us save a moment to think of the players who are actually in the squad who don’t even get on the bench. It’s a long way to go for something that isn’t happening. I mean I only have to walk across the room and put the TV on. They’ve had to get into the plane, sit still, walk across the tarmac, get into the coach and drive to the hotel, then get up again, and quite possibly come home.
And what about the poor TV stations. What are they going to show if the game doesn’t go ahead?
It’s tough to know. It is a tough old world. Maybe the game won’t be played at all.
Writing match previews isn’t supposed to be like this.