I can’t stand Monday games. You spend all day at work then you have a lull between finishing and getting to the game, as well as the journey home in the early hours. Anyway onto today’s preview against Liverpool. We go into tonight’s match having lost our opener against West Ham and look to start a long undefeated run at home.
Last season we were very strong at home and to challenge for the title you need to make your ground a fortress. Arsene Wenger has acknowledged this:
“If you want to have a successful season you want to be strong at home. Normally we are strong at home. This is an opportunity to show that. We missed our first game and we had to look at ourselves, and we responded very well. Now we need to come back to our usual strength that we have at home.”
I think we’ll pick the same team that beat Crystal Palace with the only potential change being Walcott for Giroud. Hopefully we can finally start firing on all cylinders and give some encouragement to the fans, as well as boost the players’ confidence. Maybe the threat of playing a team like Liverpool will give us the focus we need.
We’re in the stages of the season where teams are still finding their feet, as seen over the last 3 weeks, and there is no consistency yet. The only team, so far, who seems to be firing is Manchester City. Even though Liverpool have won both their games and United have won 2 drawn 1 they aren’t looking great, yet.
A win tonight will take us into the top 6 and other than that there’s not much else to ask more, apart from a positive goal difference.
Regarding transfer news, there is a lot of buzz around Karim Benzema, Grzegorz Krychowiak and Edinson Cavani still. Personally I think if we are going to sign any of them it would be the latter 2, even then it’s hopeful we’d get both. I know everyone wants Benzema and he is the dream but would you take him for £50m over potentially the other 2 at £60m?
Wenger has announced that he is ready to make a gamble in the transfer market if the correct players are available:
“There is always time to take a gamble and we are not against taking a gamble,’ said the manager. But what you want is to take a gamble in a market where the opportunity is there.
I believe this squad is ready to fight for the title and has a chance to do it given that we are continuing to develop as a team. That is the first thing. Internally we have the resources to do that and it is also important that we don’t have too many major injuries like last year.
I said before that I don’t know how good the other teams will be. Man City started especially in an impressive way but the season is long.”