After Emery’s honeymoon period as Wenger’s replacement, when we saw Arsenal go on an amazing 22-game unbeaten run, things have now gone swiftly downhill, especially away from home. After our first unlucky away defeat at Chelsea we went six games without a loss on the road, but now we are in the opposite position of not having any wins at all in our last six.
I can never understand the pessimism of Arsenal fans, they are eternal and believe we will lose every game, and even when we win it is not good enough. We lost yesterday at Manchester City and suddenly we are rubbish and the manager knows absolutely nothing about playing football. Come on. Get a grip.
Unai Emery appears to have opted to alter his formation for the big game today, with five defenders named in the line-up.
I could be wrong looking at the team-sheet, as Sead Kolasinac could well be fielded in a more advanced role, with Monreal at left-back in a back four, but this screams of a back five, with two holding midfielders.
There may be very few people on the planet that give Arsenal a chance in hell of beating Manchester City this afternoon (including me I’m afraid), but the reason why we love football is because of its unpredictability and any team in the Premier League could beat another one on the right day…
Arsenal travel to Man City today with very few punters giving the Gunners any chance at all of coming away with anything from the game. But City have not been quite so invincible this season and may well be suffering from nerves as they find themselves five points behind Liverpool at the top of the table, not to mention the amazing defeat to Newcastle last week.
Arsenal have not had a very good record against Man City recently and most Gooners will be looking at this evening’s game with trepidation, but Unai Emery is trying to keep our players confident ahead of the trip to the Etihad. The one thing that Emery has been seriously lacking for his tactical formation is a winger, especially since Danny Welbeck suffered his season-ending injury, and there is now a very good chance we could see Denis Suarez take that position today.
Okay everyone it is time for our resident Just Arsenal tipster, Dan Smith, to tell us the Premier League results for the upcoming weekend, but to start with I’ll give you a little update on Mr Admin’s personal traveling status. Today I am in Palawan in the Phillipines and have been to the UNESCO-rated Subterraneum river. Amazing! The weather is much better thankyou (I hear you have snow in UK…) but where I am only has electric 12 hours a day and dont even ask about internet! I am hotspotting but only available for another half hour! I am travelling to the capital tomorrow so hopefully internet will improve—-
Arsenal boss Unai Emery has had to field a makeshift defence amidst his injury crisis, with Nacho Monreal shifted into the centre.
Mohamed Elneny was another who could have potentially found himself dropped back into the centre-back role, but he has found himself given a starting role in midfield, possibly to give his side extra protection.