by Bulldog Drummond
Last season Sheffield United had these home defeats in the league
|04 Aug 2018||Sheffield United v Swansea City||L||1-2||Championship|
|01 Dec 2018||Sheffield United v Leeds United||L||0-1||Championship|
|14 Dec 2018||Sheffield United v WBA||L||1-2||Championship|
|30 Mar 2019||Sheffield United v Bristol City||L||2-3||Championship|
This season the defeats in the first eight games in the league have been
|24 Aug 2019||Sheffield United v Leicester City||L||1-2||Premier League|
|14 Sep 2019||Sheffield United v Southampton||L||0-1||Premier League|
|28 Sep 2019||Sheffield United v Liverpool||L||0-1||Premier League|
According to Physioroom Arsenal is one of five clubs with two senior players injured. No club has fewer. At the top of the injury list before the weekend’s matches we had Norwich with an amazing 13 players out, Manchester United with 10 men down and Chelsea with 8.
Our two men down are mostly agreed to be Reiss Nelson and Alex Lacazette – with both, according to physio room having no chance of playing. Football London are adamant that Smith Rowe who missed the last game after getting concussion is fit and ready to play. They also have Laca down as a possible player despite the physioroom prognostication. Other sites expect him on the beach.
Louise Taylor in the Guardian is dead certain Arsenal are going to get caught out, saying,
“Only a rare mistake on the part of Dean Henderson, United’s goalkeeper, gifted the league leaders a 1-0 victory and George Baldock, Chris Wilder’s right wing-back, gained immense confidence. “It was a really assured showing from us. We went toe to toe with arguably one of the best teams in the world,” he said. “I love playing at Bramall Lane – the fans are different class. There’s such a connection with the manager and the captain and it feels like we all have one aim to achieve things together; it’s brilliant to play in that atmosphere.”
Having a fans connection with the manager is not something that I have witnessed at Arsenal since around 2006.
The statszone web site has come up with a lineup that reads
Chambers, Sokratis, David Luiz, Kolasinac;
Pepe, Dani Ceballos, Saka;
Although they also feel that Dani Ceballos might be injured.
The wacky football london site goes for
Chambers, Luiz, Sokratis, Tierney;
Xhaka, Guendouzi, Ceballos;
Pepe, Aubameyang, Saka
But here’s the thing: we are playing monday (obviously) and then again on Thursday. So we need to balance the two squads – and of course there is a game in six days time thereafter.
However, the Thursday game is against the team in our Europa group who have lost both their matches thus far, while we have beaten each of their opponents. So we might take it that Vitoria Guimaraes is not going to be too much of a proposition for us.
So we could well put out the strongest team that we have tonight, not leaving anyone behind who would be used to bolster Thursday’s side at Arsenal Stadium. But there may also be the thought of needing one or two first teamers to support the youngsters in Thursday’s game.
This could lead to the raising of some eyebrows when certain players are omitted from Monday’s match or simply left on the beach. If that is the case I suspect they will then have a solidifying place for the Europa game.
And the great benefit of having a soft Europa game after two very solid wins is that we can give the youngsters further chance to develop and show their talents hopefully in front of a decent crowd later in the week.
Here’s the league table before this game
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