by Bulldog Drummond
“Why is Arsenal’s match against Vitoria being played on a Wednesday?” screams the Sun, which is rather alarming if one believes they are talking about the match at Arsenal stadium this evening. But in fact they were not but rather about a debate concerning when the second match against Vitoria will be played.
It is something to do with local rivals playing on the same night, but given that the piece was in the Sun I think we’ll leave that one until we get there.
The key clue to the team that we will put out is the team that played against Sheffield United which was…
Chambers, Sokratis, Luiz, Kolasinac,
Pepe, Willock, Saka,
Presumably none of those guys will play, but instead the beach will be promoted… And just to remind you those playing with the sandcastles were… Tierney, Ceballos, Lacazette, Torreira, Holding, Martinez, Martinelli.
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There should not be any problems with this game, but if there are then the manager really is going to be in trouble given the media coverage of the last few days. One might even think that Mr Wenger was still in charge.
In fact it is one of those games where the boss can’t win either way. A 6-0 thumping will be considered par for the course against an unknown team (forgetting that they are doing rather well in the league in Portugal) and anything less will be considered a failure. A draw would be seen as a hanging offence.
On the other hand, if as expected Arsenal win both the home and away games against then that will be qualification assured and quite likely top spot too, depending on how the two games between Eintracht Frankfurt and Standard Liege turn out. Either way if Arsenal have not secured top position by the end of the next two games a draw in either of the remaining two would still give that spot to them.
Always assuming that there are no problems with the Portuguese team in either of the forthcoming matches.
90 mins gives us a line up of
Bellerīn, Mustafi, Holding, Tierney;
Torreira, Willock, Ceballos;
thus leaving Lacazette to make a sub appearance (meaning Martinelli can go on the wing again, which as we noted before is his favourite position.)
The Daily Mirror however is running the news that “Arsenal outcast Mesut Ozil was seen in discussions with Unai Emery at Arsenal training on Wednesday as he looks to earn a recall ahead of their clash with Vitoria in the Europa League on Thursday.”
Red London takes the hint and gives us
Bellerin – Holding – Mustafi – Tierney
Ceballos – Torreira – Willock
Martinelli – Lacazette – Ozil
HITC, teazing us as ever had the headline yesterday “Report: £200k-a-week Arsenal man missed training today, won’t play tomorrow”. The man, crudely described by his salary, is Aubameyang, and I thought we all already knew that.
Interestingly Arsenal.com says that the match is sold out which is a little unusual for a Europa game against a smaller side.