Good win against Stoke but real test will be Man City by KM
It’s always a delight when Arsenal beat Stoke City. The years of Pulis have really marked this club. How was Arnautovic not punished in any way for what he did? I’m worried about Debuchy. This could be season over for him. We don’t have a replacement right back.
But seriously? If you push a person like that and dislocate his shoulder (ON PURPOSE) he’ll sue you. This is unprofessional and shameful really. We now need a right back. It’s bad news, because City will cause us trouble on the wings.
We’ll have a chance in the game. A slim one, but a chance. We don’t suffer the same mental problem against City that we do against United. The champions either blow away teams or slump. Sunderland scored two, and Burnley managed to draw from 2-0 down at the Etihaad.
We’ll be hoping on Sanchez as ever to produce. I think Pellegrini will give Fernando or Fernandinho a personal task with him. Giroud looked awful against Stoke. We still need a top quality striker. Our threat forward will come from Santi and Sanchez on the counter. Ozil and Theo looked like people who’ve been out for a while and we probably won’t risk them.
City have troubles with their striker injuries, but Aguero will be back in the squad. I think he will show the difference in preparation after injury at Man City and Arsenal. We’re certainly underdogs and City will be eager to be in sight of Chelsea for their direct match after our game.
One positive in our squad is Coquelin. The guy has looked solid. He has his mind on protecting the back 4 and we’ve benefited from his performances. Still I would go for players like Sissokho and Schneiderlin. We haven’t had a powerhouse in midfield for a while. A Matic-type of player is one we badly need.
Another positive was Ospina, instead of Szczesny. The young Pole has been poor for quite a long time and the publicity around him didn’t help him too much. We need a world class keeper. I’m still baffled we let Valdes slip to United for free. Wenger hates the January window so don’t get your hopes up for any signings before deadline day.
That’s me done, have a super week!