Arsenal vs Montpellier Preview

Arsenal 5 – 2 Sp*rs: Papering over the cracks….

How can you not be happy after a 5-2 win against your biggest rivals…? Well, I for one am super happy… An amazing victory and bragging rights to the Arsenal. It was a nervy game from the build up to the end, credit where credit is due, and Sp*rs have a decent crop of players at the moment and they certainly showed it when they started the game. But thank God, Adebayor went mad, tried to maim Cazorla, and at 11 versus 10, we had it in us to come out eventual winners. But you have to admit, we did turn on the style, and perhaps it was the luck we needed.

Despite the maim attempt, Cazorla was certainly the man of the match along with Walcott, with the two players seemingly unplayable. Credit were credit is due, and winning the game was the important factor and we raised our game when it was needed. (Picture courtesy of Tottz82). My title says “papering over the cracks”, because I think we’re still a long way from getting into a position to challenge… the first 10 – 15 minutes showed us that we’re a little behind Sp*rs in terms of squad gelling. The midfield without Song doesn’t quite flow defensively yet…

Arsenal vs Montpellier Preview

Tomorrow we take on Montpellier at the Emirates and we really need to kick on and take our form into this game. After the draw against Schalke, it’s very important that we get the three points on the board. We have some good team news ahead of the game, with the news that Gervinho and Gibbs are both back in the squad; the manager saying:

From Saturday, we have [almost] the same squad. But one player who will miss Wednesday’s game is Walcott. It’s the injury he got during the game with his shoulder. We have to scan that today and see if there is no damage. He will be out for tomorrow but it should be short-term. We will miss Santos as well, who has an abdominal muscle strain. The two players coming in the squad are Gervinho and Gibbs. Gervinho had quite a bad ankle strain. Kieran Gibbs as well was out for a while.

Theo’s got a problem with his shoulder, which is a recurrence of his previous injury. Let’s hope it’s not serious. With the return of Oxlade, we can hopefully compensate for the loss of Theo – who is probably in the best form of his life…

My guess at the starting XI:

Szcznesy

Sagna – Koscielny – Vermaelen (c) – Gibbs

Arteta – Wilshere

Oxlade – Cazorla – Podolski

Giroud

There is a slight worry that we seem to play the same players every week, twice a week, surely they’ll start getting injured, one by one… maybe with the return of Gervinho and perhaps if we can get Coquelin involved a bit more, we can rotate a little. Of course, the most important thing is winning the game. For that reason, I doubt we will rotate tomorrow, but maybe against Villa on the weekend, we should try and shake it up a little. Having said that, we need to win that game too!

But one game at a time… and let’s start with the very important game tomorrow… come on you Gooners!

  • limet

    Henry is my all time favourite player in front of Brady, Bergkamp and
    Rocastle, but to suggest he comes back again in January is ridiculous.
    He cannot even last 20 minutes in the Premiership without puffing and
    blowing as evidenced last time round and if we need a striker Wenger, go
    and buy one. Oh, I forgot, Gazidis has told him he can’t spend any
    money-

  • limet

    Come 2nd and we’ll get Barcelona. Win the group and it’ll be Real Madrid if they finish 2nd.

    The
    usual fair draw by the goons at UEFA. Lets hope its as technologically
    advanced as last season when they invited the ex-Bayern Munich captain
    on stage to handpick one of three teams from a goldfish bowl where he
    gets to see each team dropped in, rolls his hand around for 3 seconds
    and lo and behold picks out the easiest draw for his team.

    Finish
    3rd however, and we have the real prospect of entering a competition
    that we have a chance of winning. 20 years on from our double cup
    season, I’d be more interested in winning the League and Europa Cup
    double than I would, getting pasted 4-1 in the Nou Camp or Bernabeu

  • Goof

    Can’t believe RDM got sacked after winning CL last season.
    Mark Highes hasn’t won a game at QPR and they spent nearly as much as Chelsea.
    Arsene hasn’t won anything for 7 years = highest paid manager ever.

  • George

    Henry was good last season, but I don’t think he’ll have the same effect this season. Do we need a striker? We have Giroud (on form), Podolski, Walcott, Chamakh and Gervinho… isn’t that enough?

    Surely we need a DM…. and a tricky winger?

  • George

    If we exit the CL, you definitely won’t see Walcott next season… CL is a cash cow, and we need to be in it.

  • George

    Shocking by Abramovich. Absolutely shocking.

  • worldofarsenal

    I’d say that Chelsea and Arsenal are worlds apart. Arsene is a completely different manager working for a completely different club. The costs involved in sacking players, managers, coaches etc every season is silly.

  • limet

    errm what world do you live in? The mighty chamaks and forehad are off to the glamorous african nations…..and whinger is being tight again by saying he wants to bring back Henry..what a joke..

  • limet

    Wegner should step aside with grace.I’ll be stunnened if he doesn’t.
    What does he hope to achieve under the present owners. Season by season
    his legacy is withering away. Eight years of glory and then stagnation
    with no end in sight to the drought. Does he really believe he can turn
    it around and seriously compete with the best?

  • limet

    What have we become then under the current regime? Throwing away four
    goal leads. Losing a final to a team that went on to get relegated. 8-2
    at Old Trafford. The first team ever to fail to have a single shot on
    goal in a Champions League match. Losing a captain a season. “Fourth
    place is like a trophy”. Bring on the humiliation of the Chavs then.
    After 7 years of total and utter abject failure, at this point I would
    be happy for us to sack a manager a season if we get some success along
    the way. Let’s be clear, we are far more a “laughing stock” than the
    Champions of Europe. The problem is that the Wenger apologists will use
    this as an example of proof that somehow a Club that accepts failure is
    ‘classier’ than a club that won’t. Let’s worry less about what others
    are up to and deal with our own humiliations which go on from week to
    week and season to season.

  • limet

    Them : 8 managers. 8 years.10 trophies.
    Us: 1 manager. 8 years. 0 trophies.
    I know what looks better to me.

  • worldofarsenal

    Add in how much they’ve spent versus us…

  • worldofarsenal

    Agree, today’s game is vital..!!