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Attentions quickly turn to the FA cup this afternoon, maybe a breather from the Premier League might be a good idea after that quite frankly crazy game at Bournemouth a few days ago. Like most new years resolutions, it did’t take me long to break mine did it? I wanted to express my thoughts on that game but couldn’t find the needed time to do so. It’s probably for the best though as I am not quite sure how my jumbled up brain would have translated that into words

Given that both Coquelin and Ramsey did not start the game on Sunday, it would be safe to suggest that they are likely to start but that brings about plenty of questions. Would Arsene rest Xhaka so he could fit Ramsey, Coquelin and Iwobi in the midfield? I doubt it, especially as Xhaka was so pivotal to our performance on Sunday. I can’t see Arsene moving Iwobi from number 10, even if he is a more natural fit on the flank than Aaron Ramsey is. Not to mention the Coq/Ramsey struggles as a two man midfield base

So the predictions for Oliver Giroud to start once more makes some sort of sense, even if I wasn’t convinced before kick off in our last match. There were complaints that we did not play wide attackers in that game but when you look at where both Gibbs and Bellerin played, they spent far more time running at their opposite numbers than defending, so we could witness more of the same today but this time they will have more to think about the other way as Palace have a number of quick counter attacking players such as Zaha and Townsend

Regardless of how this match finishes up, it has all the ingredients to be an entertaining and attacking game of football. Fingers crossed we can bounce back from the midweek defeat and I hope City struggle without their missing players. A victory at Manchester City would be just the tonic but let’s make no mistake, missing players or not, Manchester City away is a very tough game no matter which 11 they field

Aaron Ramsey made his first central midfield start against PSG and it looked as if he really reigned in his desire to play in the final third. He was snapping into tackles, made more passes than any other Arsenal player, made more ball recoveries than any of his teammates etc. Meanwhile Xhaka has impressed in his last two starts for Arsenal, improving on his defensive contributions and still showing his excellent passing range. That diagonal pass for Alexis eh? Woof!

I have a feeling that we may have to battle our way to victory rather than turn on the style if we are to beat Paris St German on Wednesday night. If we are to manage that feat, that would be fine. It is something previous Arsenal sides have lacked in the past, once the heavy legs kick in and you have to rely on more than technical quality we have not always found the answer but today we are not playing our best yet we prove to be difficult to beat, fight until the very end and pick up results when we have off days

Yet this weekend holds an entirely different prospect: Jose Mourinho. The Portuguese manager has almost taken on cartoon-esque status when it comes to his rivalry with Wenger. He’s the Wile Coyote to our Roadrunner, the Bluto to our Popeye, the Dick Dastardly to our Wacky Races, with emphasis on the Dick. Perhaps that is being unkind or at least disparaging in my comparison because at least Wile, Bluto and Dick all have some form of likability – an inherent hopelessness or ineptitude that casts them in a somewhat favourable light

  • 15 Sep 2015
    So let me stop reminiscing of days gone by and let me focus on our Welsh wonder. Let me start off by saying that I think it is quite obvious that Aaron Ramsey is better in central midfield. His partnership with Mesut Özil, his running from deep and his underrated ball winning ability makes him a ...Read more