Arsenal vs Stoke: Clinical Finishing and Team Backing

After the boring international break, which has never made sense to 3 games into the new season, we are back with the nitty gritty stuff. Today we play Stoke in a game that I would normally feel confident about but currently I am not too sure.

So far this season we have been creating chances for fun but we are just not finishing them. In my last post I spoke about this very issue, we seem to take our chances as if we know we will get another one. We need to take our chances as if we won’t get another one.

Stoke have made some very good signings lately and are starting to play better football rather than their long ball rough house antics, although they are still fairly physical but that’s part of the game. The fans need a pick me up as do the players and the only way for this to happen is with a good performance and a positive result.

Fans love players that try hard and put in a shift, it gives encouragement and starts chants which in turn lifts the players’ spirits and this leads to better performances, in theory.

Even though Giroud is in poor form, and his head is all over the place, I still expect him to start. He is a good focal point for our team and we lose a lot of impetus when he isn’t on the pitch as a target man. Wenger has been speaking about wanting goals from other players in the squad but we still need to be clinical in those moments.

“We will have to spread the goals through the squad. I think Giroud, Walcott and Alexis can get around 20 goals without any problem. Sometimes you have to trust your players and play them. I would rather have Ramsey 15, Ozil 15, Cazorla 10. Otherwise, if you have only one player who scores, when he is injured you don’t know who will score.”

The rest of the team picks itself.

Cech, Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Ramsey, Coquelin, Chamberlain, Alexis, Cazorla and Giroud.

Let’s have a confidence boosting performance and 3 points please.