Tonight we can look forward to a fantastic football game between two technically brilliant sides. It is bound to be a similarly tense encounter when compared to the first however I feel the level of the two teams, particularly us, will be much higher.
It is therefore difficult to predict the outcome of the match but it is evident that this is a very important game for the season. A victory tonight could continue to the set the tone of our revitalisation. This is another tough game for us so it is imperative we continue the fine form we have shown in recent weeks.
Much of the build up has surrounded two issues. The future of Arsene Wenger and the future of Mario Gotze. Despite the full transcript of the interview now being widely available, I read mine courtesy of Arseblog, there still seems to be an inclination in the media to question Wenger’s future. Ridiculous I know, but unfortunately that is the world we live in.
The second issue which hopefully will have an unsettling effect on the other team is the future of Gotze. He has been strongly linked with us recently who in reality settles it. We will not be signing him. It is very sad because I think he is absolute world class and could make the world of difference at the club, not just his ability but the impact it will have on the rest of the squad and most importantly Van Persie. Would signal a great sign of intent if we did get him but it seems that every major player we have been linked to, we never sign.
The team news is such that we haven’t got much to complain about. We will not be able to call on Rosicky for tonight’s game due to a thigh strain but Abou Diaby is back in the squad. I cannot imagine that the latter will play any part but it is nice to have him back nonetheless. Aside from that news, we are as we were for our trip to Carrow Road at the weekend.
I expect much the same line up from what Wenger has said. To be honest there is not an awful lot to report on apart from the great insight into the opponents tactics today. They are not, I repeat NOT going to team up on RVP.
"We won't have four men on Robin… The easiest way is that he doesn't get good balls and we have measures for that. It would be fatal to focus only on Van Persie. We have to take care of Theo Walcott and Aaron Ramsey - you get punished if you let them go. Song too. We have to focus on what we do - that will mean Arsenal cannot play their game. That is how we would like it."
Jurgen Klopp is clearly far superior to the vast majority of the British press, he even notes we have other players who play the game. Revolutionary thinker.
Either way I hope for a win whoever scores but cannot see Van Persie not scoring. Come on Arsenal.
Have a good one!