Just a very quick post as drinking beer and getting ready to watch the match.
The atmosphere is a bit nervy but the team, supporters and everyone around the club have been given a huge lift with the news that Thomas Vermaelan is fit enough to regain a place in the starting line up. This should add some much needed solidity, organisation and leadership to the Arsenal defence.
Arsenal however are definately without club record scorer Thierry Henry (feels weird saying that) as he has failed to recover from a calf strain in time to replace Andrei Arshavin. However, the young and exciting winger, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been given a much deserved place in the starting XI which will provide another fast and explosive outlet on the flanks.
Wenger has spoken about a shift in the way Arsenal play now, relying on the pace of the two wingers. This will certainly help balance the game today as Manchester United will have to be wary of the pace Arsenal can break with.
The starting XI will be
Djourou Mertesacker Koscielny Vermaelen
Ramsey Song Rosicky
Walcott Van Persie The Ox
All the players will have to be at their best and most importantly concentrate for the entirety of the match, ensuring individual errors are kept at a minimum. They must work their arses off and if they cannot motivate themselves for such an important game then we may as well pack it in now.
Despite my doom and gloom yesterday, I am as always excited on another crucial match day and I hope the boys give it everything they can to close the gap to just two points for fourth place.
COME ON YOU GUNNERS!