By Bulldog Drummond
Now here is something very new. It is not directly relevant to the team for tonight’s game, so if you want that just scroll down a bit, but it is relevant to the topic of what blogs and websites are up to (which is something Untold likes to keep an eye on).
As you may know, it is possible to make a complaint to Google if another website steals your original material and simply puts it up as its own (normally in order to draw in traffic to boost ratings, or in order to capture readers with some naughty bit of software that will bugger up [to use the technical term] their computer.)
It seems uefa.com has been getting active in this department and has reported four sites to Google for nicking its original content, and Google has obliged by taking the pieces down from its listing. The sites reported to Google were fullmatchsports.co, footyheroes.com, hdmatches.com and www.footballgh.org
Now I haven’t got into any of this by looking at these sites, (not least for fear of what might be lurking in the darkness) but it is an interesting little development, which might eventually have an impact on the way that websites cut and paste transfer rumours word for word without always properly citing the original source.
However, in the meanwhile, the non-infringing websites have been doing their usual predictions for the game this evening. Squwaka for example come up with
Bellerín, Mari, Luiz, Saka;
Pépé, Özil, Aubameyang;
And here’s one I have never picked up before – Forbes – the home of the world’s rich list, predicting the Arsenal team! Mind you I suppose there are quite a few footballers on the world’s rich list, so maybe it makes sense.
They give us a slight variation on the personnel, along with a variation in the way the line up works…
Sokratis, Mustafi, Luiz, Saka;
Xhaka, Ceballos, Ozil;
Aubameyang, Lacazette, Pepe
The Standard has not given us a team selection but they have given a scoreline prediction of 3-1. Soccertimes don’t give us a team, but they are quite excited about the possibility of Eddie scoring (which logically means he’ll be on the pitch at some stage of the match, unless Uefa have changed the rules and didn’t tell me).
Football Expert goes with another variation which really does give a completely different look to the team and includes the continuing rehabilitation of Guendouzi…
Bellerin, Sokratis, Luiz, Saka
Aubameyang, Willock, Martinelli
And that more or less covers the range of predictions.
The next match after this one is Portsmouth away, and that is going to need a mixture of solid resilience and experience and excited young players given their chance, I would guess, so that too could be affecting which players are chosen for this match.
We shall be there, as usual, and with a bit of luck, shall return home in the early hours, rather happy with the way things turned out.
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