by Bulldog Drummond
Any chance that we might be able to get a manager who has not been rubbished by the media BEFORE we get him is now gone. According to the scribblers our next manager is a failure before he gets out of the taxi.
So onto the teams…
Football Fan Cast go with
Bellerin Chambers Luiz Tierney
Pepe Aubameyang Martinelli
Squawka tell us that Dani Ceballos is out, Hector Bellerin is a doubt. They go for
Chambers, Mustafi, Luiz, Kolasinac;
Xhaka, Willock, Guendouzi, Ozil;
The 4-4-2 – takes one back to the old days.
Sportsmole wouldn’t reveal their secrets to me because I wouldn’t allow them into my computer in a way that looked very dodgy to me so we’ll pass them by and move on to…
The Stats Zone who have a slight variation…
Chambers, Mustafi, David Luiz, Tierney;
Saka, Ozil, Aubameyang;
Sky Sports, perhaps in a sulk at having more competition to compete with (although they don’t really compete) won’t tell us their idea of a team at all – at least not when I looked. And the Guardian’s preview, when I looked for that, was for the match last May.
But Red London do have their own vision of the team for tonight and here it is…
Maitland-Niles – Chambers – Holding – Tierney
Xhaka – Torreira – Willock
Pepe – Aubameyang – Martinelli
They obviously think Holding is fit again. Let’s hope that is right; I’d certainly agree that the best centre back pairing we have is Holding and Chambers, and indeed with Bellerin one side (but he is injured) and Tierney on the other.
Indeed Tierney must be wondering what on earth he has let himself in for. He knew that in Glasgow the Rangers fans hated him, and so might have expected animosity from Tottenham fans in London. But now he finds he and the rest of the team is getting it primarily from Arsenal fans.
So it goes.
Just Arsenal news don’t give us a full line up but do say….
“The Arsenal forward line up to face Brighton on Thursday night may not be what we expect.
I have a very sneaky feeling that Freddie Ljungberg will drop Alexandre Lacazette in favour of Gabriel Martinelli.”
Moving on RadioTimes.com says…
“The David Luiz-Shkodran Mustafi pairing against Norwich shockingly (…) didn’t bear fruit for Arsenal.
“Expect a defensive reshuffle ahead of the Brighton clash with Sokratis in line for a return and maybe a place for full-back Kieran Tierney.
“Regardless of the Gunners’ worries at the back, Pierre-Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette have enough firepower and form between them to drag Arsenal to a positive result once again.
“Prediction: Arsenal 2-1 Brighton.”
Meanwhile the Brighton and Hove Independent have the headline “This is why Amazon made Arsenal vs Brighton and Hove Albion kick-off at such an unusual time”
And then they don’t tell us.
Such is life.
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