We rode our luck against Leicester. The next game will be the reality check. by Konstantin Mitov
Alright, Arsenal won 2 league games in a row! Hurray, it’s been ages since that happened. The cup game finished a draw in regular time, but in extra time we nicked it, so you could say we won 2 and a half games in a row! Let’s be real here, we won against Middlesbrough and Leicester, not the best of oppositions in the league.
We didn’t create too much and we were rewarded with a lucky goal, because someone dared to shoot at their goal. Alexis dared in the first half and he hit the bar! I backed the Chilean to score the first goal, but lucky I only used the bookies money so I didn’t mind losing out so much. If you fancy a free bet get the very best around at latestfreebet.com. But at least Sanchez was brave enough to shoot. Is Wenger instructing them to pass the ball into the net? When you shoot, you give yourself a chance!
I’m happy for Monreal though, because he is one of the few players who tries hard every game and the new formation is giving him more in terms of his offensive side of play. On the other side we took a gamble and rested the Ox for Spurs and the gamble of rotation didn’t fail us, but we didn’t create much chances either.
The new formation seems to have given us some defensive stability, but if you want real judgement, here are Tottenham and United with Mourinho in a row to prove something has changed. And I fear, we might just bottle it again.
How many times have you gotten excited about Arsenal, just to crash your dreams to the ground? I was excited about Bayern and look how that ended. Our season has been bad, and the FA cup final (not won yet) will not cover this. If we are to salvage any pride, we gotta beat Tottenham and there a few minor reasons, why we should try hard to do it.
One is that the top 4 is slightly possible if we win every game (I don’t believe it though), but apart from that it could ruin their little title charge and if you are an Arsenal player and you don’t get up for that, you may as well pack your bags. Also, there’s this head raising from Spurs fans thinking they are bigger.
Here’s a chance to remind them that just because we have a bad season, doesn’t mean they have moved away from being London’s third team behind and us and Chelsea. So if we go there and we don’t play with desire I’d be really disappointed. That said I’d try not to watch the game, because on current form and the season overall, they are better than us and they tend to fire up for this game.
For the line up, I’d unleash the Ox and Welbeck and sack Ozil. The German looked dead against Leicester and we need fighters for that game and putting Mesut would be like waiting for the perfect girl to arrive at your doorstep. On theory it might happen and she might’ve given a few hints here and there, but in truth it’s highly unlikely.
We have to sack the possession for that game and hit them on the break. If we try to dominate, they will hit us and it will hurt. I think we’ll stick with the new formation, but hopefully we’ll drop Ramsey who of late has been awful or just his usual self. I don’t know what happened to Elneny and why he doesn’t play, but If he’s fit I’d put him in.
I’d keep Holding, Kos and Gabriel as the back three since they’ve showed some sort of stability. The Ox, Alexis and Welbeck will be key in this game. We could throw in Giroud for set pieces as against Leicester we had quite a lot, but didn’t really make much of them.
In the end, there are lots of reasons to go there and try to give their old stadium a sending off that will remind them who’s the boss in North London. In reality though our performances have been poor of late, nothing can hide this and I don’t think we’ll turn up with the level of focus and intensity needed to win this game. A draw is not good enough. We’ve hardly ever needed that result more.