What a weird start to the season this has been and not just for Arsenal. In fact I think we’ve been quite consistent as in good in defence, struggling somewhat in attack. Around us though, Leeds, Everton and Villa started strong but are going through a dip in form. Who’d have thought Utd would have beaten Everton yesterday? Not me. Southampton though are the current in form side and that lot down the road aren’t doing so badly either. I hope that doesn’t last long. I’m not even going to mention Reading.
Aston Villa are a strange team. On their day, they can beat anyone as their 7-2 defeat of Liverpool showed but they can have bad days too although they generally seem to be at Villa Park.
Arsenal were poor in their last home league fixture against Leicester. Chances came but as seems to be the theme this season so far, we can defend but we can’t score. The second string are scoring for fun in the Europa League but our big guns up front are seriously fluffing their lines. Against Leicester we bossed possession, we often have but when the chances come, they go again.
As Mikel Arteta said after the game:
I’m really disappointed. We had it in our hands in the first half and I don’t know how the hell the goal was disallowed.
He was referring to the goal Lacazette scored but was ruled offside.
It’s hard to take poor decisions but they are playing a huge part of the game right now and not just for Arsenal. We’re at home and we need to our game on Aston Villa. Don’t let them settle as we didn’t Man Utd. Don’t be fooled by Grealish and his sly antics. If he can go over he will and I wouldn’t bet on Martin Atkinson not buying into his theatrics.
Mari, Chambers and Martinelli remain injured but the rest are fit and ready for selection. I hope we see Partey and Elneny in the centre of midfield again today with Holding, Gabriel, Tierney and Bellerin in front of Leno. As for the rest, again the midweek fixture will have an impact on who starts. Surely Pepe can manage another game, or will Mikel be bold and play Nelson if he’s fit? What about Willock? Nah, my guess is it’ll be Willian, Lacazette and Aubameyang with our little maestro in their somewhere running the show.
One thing I think we can be sure of is that Villa won’t park their number 42 bus in front of Martinez in a way Leicester did so hopefully an open game will favour us. We’ve got to start scoring goals soon surely and as I said yesterday, there’s no better day than when our old keeper is in goal.
See you in the comments guys.