In our quest for a third FA Cup trophy in a row, Arsenal have to eliminate Watford today at the Emirates, and we are hoping that the team is as clinical as they were against Hull City in midweek.
In central midfield we saw Elneny and Flamini holding the fort, and our new boy was impressive and regularly joined the attack and took an occasional long range shot. It seems that the Egyptian did enough to show Wenger he is good enough for the first team and with Coquelin returning from his one-match ban, Elneny is now expected to line up alongside the Frenchman this afternoon.
“He looks like he is ready to play,” Wenger said. “I consider every formula that is possible to give us a balance. At the moment I think Elneny in central midfield can cope.
“We have Flamini, we have Coquelin who can cope as well. They have shown [that] already. The formula can change as well if needed but that depends on the games. Every game will be different now.
“In our job, you want to perform in the next game and the next game is an important one because we have fought hard to get there and that is our purpose. After that we deal with the next one.
“If you have a good run, you sometimes absorb them without any problems. If you have a bad result, of course there is no time to digest sometimes and to get the belief back in the squad. We want to do that and what is very important is to be in there and have a chance to show how good you are.“
Although most JustArsenal readers think Elneny had a good game against Hull, I personally think that he will be even better with Coquelin as his partner, as he will have more freedom to go marauding upfield when we are attacking. He certainly doesn’t seem to be intimidated by the physical play in the Premiership and I think he could be very influential in the rest of our season if Wenger gives him a run in the side, and with Ramsey now out of the picture this could be his big chance. It’s about time his efforts were rewarded with a goal as well and I am hoping that will come today.
Onwards and Upwards!
—————–A LITTLE BONUS!——————
If anyone fancies a bit of Schadenfreude..
Here are the highlights of Lukaku destroying Chelsea and Diego Costa getting a red card….
Bye Bye Chelsea…..