Comfortable Sunday and Comfortable match day Gooners. It’s a financial institution vacation right here within the UK so it’s a kind of bizarre Sunday’s that truly form of really feel like a Saturday, however they’re nonetheless a Sunday, so that you half really feel lazy and half really feel like you ought to be doing all of your Saturday chores. Besides they’re already achieved. Psychological.

Regardless of the ‘feels’ for the day, one factor is for positive that I wager most of us Gooners are feeling proper now, which is nerves as a result of immediately represents a large sport, a giant alternative, a large probability to select up three factors in opposition to an opponent that won’t be mendacity down.

West Ham may rotate. They may prioritise their sport on Thursday subsequent week and Moyes may usher in a complete new load of gamers who didn’t play on Wednesday. However even when he does that he’ll nonetheless be capable of choose a gaggle of gamers who’re skilled, able to beating us, plus they’ve the additional motivation of attempting to power the manager’s thoughts if he desires to vary it subsequent Thursday. These gamers taking part in immediately will completely be seeking to present the manager they deserve a begin within the Europa League semi closing and for that purpose I’ve quite a lot of nerves about immediately.

I used to be considering per week in the past about how this might be a shadow workforce by West Ham and I had hope, however then after I noticed the gamers that didn’t play on Thursday, I’ve realised that is going to be a more durable ask for Mikel Arteta’s aspect than I first thought:

  • Fabianski is their primary ‘keeper and didn’t play in midweek as a result of Areola is getting cup minutes
  • Cresswell performs on a regular basis and can in all probability begin – he’s type of like their Xhaka in that regard
  • Zouma may be combat having simply come again from damage
  • Like Cresswell, Soucek additionally performs in just about each sport in midfield
  • Mark Noble is an skilled head and can add that to the West Ham midfield, he’ll additionally wish to impress in entrance of a crowd that he might not be seeing a lot of as a West Ham participant because the season attracts to an in depth
  • They’ve obtained Fornals who additionally performs usually
  • Coufal didn’t begin in opposition to Frankfurt so I reckon he’ll play
  • The identical could be mentioned for Benrahma so I believe he’ll get sport time.

That’s eight first teamers that I reckon will play and instantly it doesn’t really feel like Moyes and his workforce shall be utterly rested. I may very well be flawed and he may completely rotate out everybody and play a bunch of children, however I doubt it, as a result of a win for them immediately places them on 55 factors and nonetheless in with an opportunity of overtaking Man United, the Scum and us for the High 4. It’s unlikely, however Europa League remains to be potential for them and so I’m not anticipating an finish of season wind down sport from the Hammers.

Which implies we have to be on it from the beginning. We have to present the type of depth that we’ve proven in large video games at house, however haven’t replicated as a lot away. The house followers shall be in buoyant temper regardless of the very fact they’ve simply misplaced their first leg in Europe at house and I feel they’ll begin loud, so Arteta’s males have to be proactive and on the entrance foot early on so we keep away from any points like West Ham gave us final season. That sport was a travesty within the first half and we had been far and wide. However an Odegaard impressed Arsenal clawed it again to 3-3 and we may have received it with a few possibilities on the finish I recall. We’d like extra of that second half and fewer of the primary half from final 12 months, as a result of West Ham have the gamers who can punish us.

Team sensible, if I used to be in Arteta’s sneakers, I’d be Ramsdale, Tomiyasu, White, Gabriel, Tavares, Elneny, Xhaka, Saka, Odegaard, Martinelli and Nketiah. Smith Rowe was quiet in opposition to United and in a sport like immediately with a giant pitch like we have now I really feel like a Martinelli to run at whoever performs at proper again for West Ham, appears like an honest sufficient plan to me. In fact I’d be simply as proud of Smith Rowe beginning and Martinelli from the bench to possibly have a run at drained West Ham legs within the second half. I feel there’s additionally been a bit of an excessive amount of chaos defensively and so I’d be giving Tomiyasu that begin ahead of Cedric as all of us just about know and discuss how Cedric and Tavares collectively simply doesn’t really feel like it really works.

Apart from these two tweaks I feel he has to stay with the identical workforce. Elneny and Xhaka have seemed extra strong, Nketiah is working the channels (and is wanting brisker than the laboured Lacazette) and Saka and Odegaard look like discovering their connections once more. So personally I don’t assume too many tweaks are wanted. However we do have to be higher defensively. We’ve seemed quite a bit much less strong within the final month or so and if we proceed to journey our luck and proceed with a few of these foolish mind fart moments that we’ve seen creep in to our sport, then we’ll get punished immediately. Fatigued or not, West Ham have high quality gamers and there’s a purpose they’re nonetheless up there preventing for the European locations.

However we have now to point out that we’re brisker, that we have now had per week to organize, that we’re prepared and that the additional time that we’ve been afforded over them pays dividends. There isn’t any excuse for a torpid efficiency from The Arsenal and I’m hoping to not see that immediately. Let’s management the soccer, work the areas, probe West Ham and see if they’ve been impacted mentally from their defeat on Thursday.

Up the Arsenal. Catch you all tomorrow with some extra ramblings.

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