Arsenal may have gone 22 games without losing, but with the current competition in the Premier League, that has still only left us in 5th position, even if it is only by a whisker.
Arsenal take the trip down to the South Coast to face Southampton tomorrow, and on paper it should be a very easy game to extend our unbeaten run as the Saints have not won a game since the 1st of September, while the last time we lost was back in August. This is the sort of game that I would bet my house on Arsenal that would double my money, although I am also partial to visiting Casinomir to check out some live casino sites!
(12.30) Man City 2-1 Everton
All eyes are on City to see how they respond to a defeat. As good as they are, it’s not easy when weekly you are told how great you are and then suddenly things go against you. How did we respond when our ‘Untouchable’ sequence came to an end? They also have the pressure of all expectation being on them, knowing Liverpool seem to be the media’s darlings. Considering all of the above, Everton are not an ideal choice to be heading to the Etihad.
So here we are with our last Europa League Group game, and we are sure to be making many changes.
So here is the team I predicted earlier…
Jenkinson Sokratis Koss Monreal
Elneny Guendouzi Maitland-Niles
And here is Emery’s confirmed team…
So tonight’s game may mean nothing in the grand scheme of things, but it will give the main Arsenal players the chance to have a rest from our gruelling fixture list, and also to give some of our youngsters a chance to impress Unai Emery in a real matchday atmosphere. And of course it gives Laurent Koscielny and Nacho Monreal a chance to gain a little bit more fitness as well.
We may have an easy game tomorrow night against Qarabag when we will see some of Arsenal’s youngsters on display, but we then begin the gruelling Christmas schedule on Sunday when we travel down to Southampton, where we have a poor record against the Saints. I am sure Emery will have the team fresh and ready, although we do seem to be lacking a few defenders! If we don’t lose it should mean we have gone four full months without losing a game!
It has been over six months since the Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny last appeared in a competitive match for us, but after a frustrating summer spent watching France win the World Cup without him, and then watching the rise of our new back line, he is now ready to come back as our leader.
Arsenal are in the middle of a gruelling run of fixtures at the moment, but our best players can have some respite on Thursday when we can play a completely rotated team against Qarabag in the Europa League. We have already qualified from the Group and a draw will guarantee we finish top but we really need to rest some players – as fatigue, injuries and suspensions are starting to make an impact on the squad.