Top of the morning to you and welcome to the midweek!
It’s Wednesday and that means the weekend will be here soon. I want the week to end personally, not because it’s been a bad week, but there’s something i’m looking forward to next week and I can hardly wait…kinda like the summer transfer window.
So we face Liverpool tonight in a game that starts a set of difficult games that includes Stoke away, Chelsea at home and then Southampton– all difficult games, but there we are.
According to Physioroom.com Liverpool are second on the table in terms of injuries with a whooping 11 players out. Newcastle are the only team with more (12) and Arsenal are somewhere in midtable with 6, which isn’t bad when you look at the circumstances. So an injury ravaged Liverpool welcome an in-form Arsenal and this is a game you really feel we could win and take advantage of the situation. It’s so bad that Liverpool have had to loan Caulker from Southampton to try and cover up and have recalled almost every loanee they have out there.
There has been speculation that maybe it’s Jurgen Klopp’s training methods. I dunno. I know there was talk about how much harder the Liverpool players work since his arrival. It’s been a compliment, it could just as easily turn to a stick to beat Klopp with. It’s fair to say that his has been a bit of a mixed bag. He has won some big games like Chelsea and City, but has faltered in others like Newcastle and West Ham and you can say that maybe the Heavy Metal isn’t working so well in England.
I am a metal fan
And no not like that, but I also know that you can’t listen to heavy metal all the time…you’ll get a headache and maybe that’s what’s going on with Liverpool at the moment.
In terms of team news, everyone that was available against Sunderland should be available and we also have the return of Mesut Ӧzil, Flamini, Mertesacker, Ramsey and everyone else that missed the game against Sunderland or didn’t start it. The boss has said it’s a little too soon for Alexis but he should be okay for Stoke so that’s exciting.
Beyond that, nothing much else. The boss had some nice things to say about Joel Campbell. He says:
‘I refused to let him go because I saw something in him that gives you belief, because of his attitude,’ said Wenger. ‘It is true he had players in front of him, and you think: Can you block a player like that?
‘But he was four times out on loan. You think: Do I let him go out on loan again? I explained the situation to him and said: “Let’s have a go and see where we stand in January”. It’s a bit similar to Coquelin.’
quotes via dailymail.com
I said I have u-turned on him on Monday and now consider him a proper Arsenal player. I’m glad I was wrong and I hope he continues on this trajectory and does even better.
So fingers crossed we get a good result at Anfield. If we can muster a decent return on points in our next four league games then our title challenge will look even more possible and ever so excitement and it would also be a big boost to the players especially as the end of that run of games coincides with the return periods of a couple of important players, so it’s all looking pretty good, but lets see.