By Bulldog Drummond
So now we know, Rob Holding will be out for the rest of the season with a ruptured cruciate ligament. What a tragedy for the young man, what a tragedy for the team. So now we have another English player out meaning that we will really have to be scouring the list of home grown talent to meet the current requirements, and that is without any thought of what we do if the regulations change post-Brexit.
As for the game tomorrow we have Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey both being counted as doubts but with Granit Xhaka coming back in. It is just possible that Laurent Koscielny could play – but I suspect he will only play a part of the game if that is so.
For Huddersfield Abdelhamid Sabiri has a broken collarbone, while they have two players suspended: Phil Billing and Steve Mounie.
This was a mid-week game at this time of year last season and we sauntered through 5-0 last season but they have been improving of late as the Wolverhampton result showed. Worryingly their manager has been talking up the need for them to be more brutal, often using phrases such as, “We have to fight with everything we have to keep the ball out of the net. This is the first thing you have to make 100% right if you like to get something out of a game against a team like Arsenal away.”P
We have the benefit not just of our “not consistent enough” run of 20 unbeaten, but also the knowledge that we are unbeaten in the last 10 games against Huddersfield, with eight wins and two draws.
So we are in the best form since November 2007, that is 11 years ago (yes I just checked it on my calculator). That time around we went 28 games in a row under Mr Wenger.
Oh yes and here is a good one from the BBC, we have won 16 of the last 17 PL games that have kicked off at 3pm. Not that we need that extra bit of fortune against a team like Huddersfield. It is focus and flare.
And this could be the day when we go in at half time in the lead!!! But if we do I don’t want us giving up on the second half goals – we are top of the charts for second half goals this season.
But they do keep scoring even when they lose, and that means if they get one first they are going to hang on to that lead with 11 men behind the ball, so I would prefer it if we could nick one early on and keep that lead, knocking in the last six in the final 15 minutes.
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