Just when Arsenal fans start wondering if there is a worse set of officials than the ones in charge of the City fixture, the FA go and appoint Mike Dean and his motley crew for the Chelsea game..
Seriously, we couldn’t have a worse man in control of the game. I use the term control quite loosely of course as Dean has seldom been in control of any game he has officiated, especially when they have involved Arsenal.
Never fear though, we have won a few games with him in control. There was the FA Cup Final back in 2004 against Southampton, the FA Community Shield against Manchester United in the same year and of course the last two fixtures he has officiated for us so maybe he’s on the turn….
Nah, probably just a blip…..
Never mind, give him nothing to penalise us for and we’ll be safe and pray Sian Massey is one of the two running the line as she doesn’t care who she upsets it seems, if it’s there to be given, she’ll give it…..
It’s a big game, one which may just play a huge part in the outcome of this seasons league campaign for both sides and it has to be officiated fairly. Jose is already having a moan about us getting a good rest ahead of the game as his side travel to Sunderland for a CO Cup fixture tonight. Well I just hope AW/Arsenal players fall for his mind games again…
Another big match which doesn’t take place until February, is the Champions League fixture against Bayern Munich.Whoever we drew was going to be a biggie and they don’t get much bigger than the current Champions League holders and our boys can’t wait.
Lukas Podolski tweeted:
What a draw again! We’re facing Bayern once more.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain told the official site:
We managed to get a good result away at Bayern last season so that brings back good memories. If you’re going to do well in the competition, you’ve got to beat the best teams.
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is just one of a few Bayern employees who were not so keen to see Arsenal FC come out of the pot:
They’re the toughest opponents we could have had. They’ll be totally up for it after what happened last year. Both matches will be very intense.
Last season when Bayern knocked us out of the CL, we as a football team were in an absolute mess. We’d been knocked out of both domestic cups by clubs in the lower leagues and our league form was very hit and miss. ‘Mind the gap’ was being spouted by the neighbours fans at every given opportuinty as they say above us in the league table. It wasn’t good at all…
Bayern strolled into London, battered us and I mean battered us in our own back yard…
Arsene Wenger was forced into action. He dropped Szczesny for Fabianski and captain Vermaelen joined him on the bench…
We travelled to Germany and won and whatever Bayern tried that night, they couldn’t breach our defence or our goal and it was the start of something so so much better.
We all know what followed and with it, the chopsey ones in North London had to zip it as their hopes to play in the big competition faded fast….
Our defence is even stronger now, our attacking play on it’s day is more lethal than it was a year ago and we still have Oxlade-Chamberlain and Podolski to return.
And of course we still have the January transfer window to come…..
Talking of which, The Daily Star report that we are one of a number of clubs hoping to sign Greek international striker Kostas Mitroglou in January…
On that note, that’s your lot for another day…..