So, here we go again then, off to Eastlands to play against one of the richest clubs around and we are more than likely to be up against one of the most greedy players we have ever signed and sold on! After his midweek performance, Lardybayor is bound to start against us today but should he happen to score we won’t see the repetition of his Usain Bolt impersonation that we all witnessed last season in the same fixture!
Mancini, who has been City’s manager since last December has warned the 26-year-old against another over the top celebration, telling him it’s better to stay calm. He also believes when we play well we are probably the best team in the Premier League.
I think he is right on both accounts, Lardy needs to wind his neck in and we are the best when we have a full squad but we haven’t got that today.
The players missing are, Ramsey, Frimpong, Koscielny, Wilshere, RvP and Vermaelen. I don’t count Almunia as being a loss!
Today we must be at our best and give Lardy no reason to gloat!
One thing that Wenger has confirmed though about Lardy is that it was his choice to get rid of the player and he doesn’t give too much time to what he gets up to, not after that incident and not now either. Inevitably last year’s controversy came up at Wenger’s pre-match press conference but Adebayor has not been on the manager’s mind.
Frankly, we never spoke about that incident, I am sure we have forgotten that. We are all focused on putting in a good performance on Sunday. We have played so many games since that we don’t even care about that now. Yes Adebayor did show loyalty, because when you accept to sell a player you cannot accuse him of not being loyal. A manager tries to influence the club’s life but as well the life of the player and when you can help a player to have a successful career and a happy life, you think you do your job.
Yeah right, more like he peed Arsene off with his constant talk about Milan, so he sold him to the highest bidder. Lardy wasn’t loyal, he wanted more money and was prepared to move anywhere in order to get it and Arsene is fibbing, just to keep the peace ahead of todays game.
So, onto today match, todays battles on the pitch, here’s the team they took to Blackpool for their last game and but for a very late goal by Silva they would have come away with just a point.
Nigel de Jong
Roque Santa Cruz
Balotelli and Yaya Toure are bot fit and could play a part in this game but neither are expected to start so assuming the starting eleven will be the same as last weekend, where are the key battles.
Song & Cesc v de Jong & Barry
Walcott v Bridge
Milner v Clichy
Johnson v Sagna
Tevez v all our defence!!
The only one that really concerns me is Milner v Clichy, we all know he is not at his best today and if he gives Milner an inch we could pay dearly. Johnson seems to be able to ‘perform’ for his country but not for his club so Sagna should be able to stop everything he tries. Both full backs cannot afford to let them get their crosses in, especially if Lardy gets his big fat ugly head on the end of anything.
I’m not going to mention Fabianski, we all know he needs to be at the top of his game today, he needs to be Fabby today and not Flappy! Tevez is the man to stop, I don’t care which defender stops him and I don’t care how they stop him (within the rules of course) but he cannot be given anything. If he is, he will make us pay dearly.
Joe Hart has gone off the boil a bit, he’s beatable and today I’m convinced we will see that happen on more than one occasion but only if we turn up with the right attitude. Every player needs to raise the bar today and come away from this game with something to smile about.
Wenger keeps telling the fans that we are not far off something special, well today we need to see a glimpse of what that something special is.
Blackpool showed us all how to score two against them, I think we will show Blackpool how to score three…..
Have a good day all, hope the games a good one and we win of course!