‘1nildown2oneup’ is renown for its positivity but even goonerdave was struggling back from the bar with his glass half empty on Saturday night!
I was worried but not as worried as our under pressure manager, pictured above with the weight of the better half of North London, a large percentage of India, the Far East, Kenya and the mighty Nigeria, heavy on his shoulders. I feel for him I really do, so I was shocked to hear from a contact at the Emirates Press Office, that Monsieur Wenger had received a rather sinister and threatening warning from an anonymous group of disgruntled supporters. The Metropolitan Police’s finest are investigating the source of the threat, but a copy of the offensive letter has been leaked to this reporter. The cowardly perpetrators have constructed a criminal ransom style note using newspaper and magazine clippings to hide their identities but the message to ‘Le Boss’ is loud and clear………………
This particular observer, whilst not condoning this aggressive approach does have some sympathy with the sentiment. Having seen Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s impact against Norwich, and the maturity of the display I too believe he should start next weekend. I also feel his positive effect on our attacking play was amplified when the last substitution from Wenger moved us to a fluid 442. His rampaging down the right matched by Gervinho’s on the left was reminiscent of the fast breaking Ljunberg and Pires of the golden early Wenger era, (well almost!)
Given that the results for Spurs and Newscastle have put our Champions League destiny back in our own hands I do feel we should go to the Hawthorns next weekend with a formation to win the game emphatically and win it early on. For this writer, and judging by my quick poll on twitter, many of you, calls for 442, but it also means we need to assess our current fit and available personnel, and pick on form and not reputation.
That however will be the subject of my next piece, in which I assess the potential tactics and individuals for a 442, to finish the season in style and with an eye to next season. A next season in which our heroes will be turning out like this:
I am not going to dwell on the blue/black additions to the kit but more the individuals on parade the main promotional shot. Marketing departments are no fools and they know which individuals sell shirts of course. The use of Oxlade-Chamberlain and Wilshere again is an indicator to next season in my opinion. Our future, our destiny and that of of country will be closely entwined with the futures of these 2 young men.
Until next time thanks for reading
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