Me and technology don’t really go together so when I accidentally click on something behind the scenes which breaks HH, I don’t know how to fix it. Thankfully, a QPR supporting technical genius I know, does. If the season stopped right now, we’d both be very happy.
Anyway, since I managed to crash HH, Gabriel has signed a new long term contract and he’s chuffed to bits:
I’m very happy to sign this new contract with Arsenal, because it’s such a big club, It’s my dream and today is the best day of my life. I’m so happy to extend my contract here. Every game the supporters are pushing the team in the stadium. It’s why I’m so happy to stay here. Arsenal is my home. In the future, I want to win games for Arsenal, I want to win trophies with Arsenal and stay here for a long time because it’s my home.
Good man. I hope he’s the first of many Arsenal players who commit to the club for a long time. Sounds pompous but why wouldn’t young players want to commit to the club right now?
Also, Arsenal battered PSV Eindhoven in every department bar the scoreline on Thursday. Granit Xhaka was the hero with a swing of his right foot. Gabriel Jesus, Eddie Nketiah, Bukayo Saka and Xhaka himself had had opportunities to score, as did Gabriel Martinelli late on in the game but as it turned out, one was enough. I thought PSV lacked imagination. Van Nistlerooy’s tactics were boring and defensive. Two exciting young wingers in the team yet apart from on a small number of occasions, it was hard to believe they are PSV’s leading goal scorers. I’m sure though, in a weeks time, PSV will play a very different game, or at least try to.
We’re just a point away from securing top spot having won all our Europa fixtures and we couldn’t have asked for anything more. Apart from goals, I’m sure we all want more of them. It’d be great if we can get that point in Holland next Thursday but even if we don’t, we’ll have another opportunity the following week when bottom of the group Zurich come to The Emirates. There’s always a chance Bodo/Glimt will beat PSV on the final group fixture day too because as Arsenal found out, playing on an artificial pitch is not easy.
Anyway, it’s back to the Premier League today for Arsenal and a trip to the south coast to play Southampton this lunchtime. Back in April of this year, Southampton couldn’t buy a win, Chelsea has just thumped them 6-0 and we rocked up in desperate need of three points. We bossed the game with 70% possession and twenty odd shots on goal. Fraser Forster, all 6’ 7” of him, was in fine form. We lost but to this day, I don’t know how. Well, I do, we couldn’t score.
Cedric Soares, Sambi Lokonga and Eddie Nketiah started the fixture back in April but unless Arsenal have suffered a glut of injuries since Thursday, it’s unlikely we’ll see any of them starting eleven today.
Southampton are in a very similar position to what they were last season, probably most seasons really. Win some, draw some and lose some. Ralph Hasenhuttl has been under pressure and he’s been booed by his own fans. I’m sure their midweek win over local rivals Bournemouth won’t have made much of a difference. Perhaps it’s not about results though but the way they play because with no disrespect meant, Southampton have always been a mid table club at best. Other than 2005-2012 when they were playing in the Championship.
Enough about them, Arsenal are still top of the league and on a good run, but having already played six fixtures this month, players must be getting knackered, and there’s still three more games to go including today’s. I’m exhausted just thinking about it.
During his press conference, Mikel Arteta was asked if Arsenal have a score to settle with Southampton after what happen back in April?
Well, obviously there was an experience that was painful with the way the game turned out and the consequences of it. We know where the danger is with their team.
I’ve not watched any Southampton fixtures this season so I’ve no idea how they play but I’d imagine it’s little different to seasons before under Ralph, just with a few different players. If we have the majority of possession as we did six months ago, I think we’re better equipped to take a number of the chances we create. We’re certainly better equipped to nullify any strengths Southampton have too.
With Liverpool losing at Nottingham Forest, yes, I’m still smiling and Utd and Chelsea playing out a boring draw, we have an opportunity to put a bit more space between them and us.
See you in the comments.