I got to admit I am a bit scared ahead of our game against Mancity. City are in irrepressible form and we are in tatters. Hardly the ideal preparation for the game against the title favorites but we can do nothing about it and just hope that Hart gets his foot stuck in the Earth, Kompany headbutts Demichelis for allowing Giroud to outpace him and we will walk the ball into the net. Then again I ain’t sure, we may pass to Hart looking for a one- two. Our wretched luck with injuries means we have no players returning and the closest to a return is Monreal. City dismantled their mediocre neighbours and will be looking to extend their winning run. The odds are stacked up against Arsenal and City are the massive favorites.
Any lingering title hopes we had were extinguished on Tuesday night when the ball rolled into the net off Flamini and we are looking nervously behind our shoulders. The squad is stretched to the limit and the players are completely drained of confidence. Kallstrom’s performance was the silver lining in that dark Swansea cloud, while he can’t carry the team all by himself, he may be the spark that ignites our engine for one final run. Vermaelen was shaky against Swansea and he must cut out his mistakes or we may be sliced apart. I suspect Kallstrom will start the game and I am more than okay with that, when he came on against Swansea he looked sharp, played some crisp passes, and was a physical presence in the centre of the pitch. I wouldn’t mind a 0-0 at half time without getting Liverpoolised or Chelseaified. Lets keep it tight, stay compact. City’s attacking approach will inevitably open up the game for us and we may have a chance or two and pray we don’t concede a goal from a 40 yardToure screamer that ricochetes off the ref into Mertesacker’s shin, deflects onto Flamini’s toes before touching Gibbs laces and squirming into the net via Szczesny’s legs.
Manuel Pellegrini’s men are hitting form and with only the league to concentrate, it would be a shock if City don’t win the title this season. They had no problems in their last league game against United where they hardly broke a sweat,although it has to said nobody breaks a sweat other than United fans at Old Trafford these days. Toure has been sensational this season. The Ivorian has time and again bailed City from danger and he along with Fernandinho form a powerful partnership in the middle. In the reverse fixture Arsenal were destroyed on the left, Wilshere and Monreal had a nightmarish game and whoever starts on the left must track back and check the marauding runs of Zabaleta. Cazorla or Podolski neither have got that tactical discipline and it will be interesting to see how Arsenal approach the game.
MAN TO WATCH
Arsenal: Lukas Podolski
The German has been handed a start against City and will be looking to build upon his impressive second half performance against Swansea in midweek that saw him score and provide a stunning assist for Giroud in the space of 60 seconds. Starting on the left, he will be looking to get at Zabaleta and find some space to shoot. He’s got a lethal left boot and has the ability to edge it for the Gunners.
Manchester City: Yaya Toure
Is there a better midfielder in the league right now(excluding our very own Ramsey of course)goals, tackles and assists, the man is the complete package. He is such a physical presence and it is impossible to stop him once he embarks on one of his trademark drives from deep. He has become something of a free-kick specialist this season and Arsenal better watch out.
It doesn’t look good does it, everything points to a straightforward away win. The beauty of the league is that it throws some unexpected results now and then, so why not an Arsenalization of City? COYG