By Bulldog Drummond
Of course not everyone has got the message that this is a moment to play down the regular negativity about Arsenal, as Gunners Town leads with, “The Man who promised a plan has no plan – Emery must GO without actually thinking very much about the fact that after a campaign of a similar sort against Wenger we got Emery. So campaign against Emery and get someone else who will probably not meet the requirements of the blogger and do it again and again and again forever.
Physioroom now give us just three injured players: Lacazette for whom there is no update on his ankle injury, Mavrapanos who has recovered from injury and is now building up his match fitness, and Smith Rowe who has a face injury and who is ruled out while he is being assessed.
Elsehwere it seems there are lots of rumours about Tottenham players letting their contract run down – which is odd, as I thought we had clearly been told that only Arsenal players do that due to the gross incompetence of the people who run Arsenal. Anyway, Eriksen, Alderweireld and Vertonghen all have contracts that end this season while Dier, Rose, Wanyama and Skipp have contrtacts that end the season after.
So onto the team ramblings…
“Charlie Nicholas would start teenager Bukayo Saka at Old Trafford” says TalkSport, and maybe he will, but the media generally forget that starting a youngster too many time too early can bring about a lack of confidence which can knock a player back years. Doesn’t always happen, but when it does it then brings about a hurl of abuse from the self-same people who were promoting the player in the first place.
There is disagreement in the media over whether AMN has served his one match ban in the league cup or is banned for this game. The Express think he is clear for the Man U match and say he is “favourite to start at right-back following his suspension but Calum Chambers is also in contention…
“Sokratis Papastathopoulos and David Luiz are likely to line up in central defence but Shkodran Mustafi is another option while Rob Holding made his first appearance since December on Tuesday.”
They go with…
Maitland Niles Sokratis Luiz Tierney
Pepe Caballos Saka
Just Arsenal have gone all honest on us and said that “it’s all guesswork at this stage”, which is refreshing even if it doesn’t give me something to write about.
The Sports Bank give us
Maitland Niles Sokratis Luiz Kolasinac
Guendouzi Xhaka Torreira
Incidentally Bellerin has now played a full game for the under 23s, and so could be back either for the Europa game or the game against Bournemouth.
Matches against Man U have not been our most properous hunting ground, the last ten looking like this…
|17 May 2015||Manchester United v Arsenal||D||1-1||Premier League|
|04 Oct 2015||Arsenal v Manchester United||W||3-0||Premier League|
|28 Feb 2016||Manchester United v Arsenal||L||3-2||Premier League|
|19 Nov 2016||Manchester United v Arsenal||D||1-1||Premier League|
|07 May 2017||Arsenal v Manchester United||W||2-0||Premier League|
|02 Dec 2017||Arsenal v Manchester United||L||1-3||Premier League|
|29 Apr 2018||Manchester United v Arsenal||L||2-1||Premier League|
|05 Dec 2018||Manchester United v Arsenal||D||2-2||Premier League|
|25 Jan 2019||Arsenal v Manchester United||L||1-3||FA Cup|
|10 Mar 2019||Arsenal v Manchester United||W||2-0||Premier League|
Only three wins in the last ten, four defeats, three draws. And not a single away win. In fact the last time we won there was 2015 in the FA Cup (1-2) while in the league was 2006, 0-1.
So it certainly is about time we turned that run around. The team that day for the last league win was
William Gallas, Johann Djourou, Emmanuel Eboué, Kolo Touré
Cesc Fàbregas, Gilberto Silva,
Aleksandr Hleb, Freddie Ljungberg, Tomas Rosicky,
Who would have thought it. Winning away at Man U with Gallas, Djourour, Eboue and Hleb in the team.
The Evening Standard give us
Chambers, Sokratis, David Luiz, Tierney;
Xhaka, Guendouzi, Willock;
The results of the weekend have seen us slip down the league. We really could do with a win…
|4||West Ham United||7||3||3||1||10||9||1||12|
- Last season the table after 3 games was headline news. But probably not this season
- 117 players tipped as coming to Arsenal before the window closes
- Why Arsenal recruited a new defence first, then a new attack
- After two games we can start to make one or two judgements
- Winning the opening two league games is not that common for Arsenal