A little bit of confidence can always help you get that extra ounce of strength to overcome your rivals, and the Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin says that his team-mates are sure that this could be their season, and have thought that from before the season even started.
Unless Arsene Wenger has a brain freeze or Santi Cazorla joins the Arsenal injury list, the Spaniard will be directing proceedings for the Gunners against Manchester United today from his now customary role in the centre of midfield.
There you go Arsene Wenger, there is no need to waste your time making complex plans about how Arsenal should go about facing the current Premier League leaders at the Emirates tomorrow. The Gunners know how to create and score goals anyway, so as long as we can cope with the attacking threat from Manchester United, victory should be ours.
After an exhausting game against Leicester just three days ago, Arsene Wenger is certain to make some changes, although with five days to recover before facing Man United there may not be as many as usual, but all those that faced the Foxes may be suffering. Wenger agrees that tiredness could be a problem. “Some players had two tough games at Tottenham and at Leicester where they were a high level physically,” he said. “I will have to analyse that and make my decisions.”
Arsenal have had our fair share of tricky fixture schedules, even as recently as the last time we played in the Champions League. Then the Gunners were faced with a long round trip to Zagreb before the early Saturday kick off at Chelsea.
Hector Bellerin may only be 20 years old but he seems to already a permanent fixture in Arsenal’s starting line-up, despite only coming into the side in September of last year. When Francis Coquelin joined him in the New Year the club went on an excellent run of form to lift them back up to third, and Hector is extremely pleased with his rapid progress, but he admitted that it was not always an easy ride.
Arsenal fans will be crossing our fingers and hoping that our French midfielder Francis Coquelin will have recovered from the minor knee injury that kept him out of the Capital One cup game this week in time to return to the starting line up when Arsenal travel to face Leicester City on Saturday.
It does appear to be good news about the knee injury picked up by Francis Coquelin in the Arsenal game at Chelsea, with the early rumours suggesting that the midfielder could be out for a month proving to be wrong. But even though Coquelin should be back in action very soon, he will not be available for the Capital One cup game against Tottenham tomorrow.