Hooray! The international break is over. And what a particularly boring interlull it was too – dredging the very depths of pointless tedium.
During the international breaks I tend to ignore football and get on with life as best I can …
Something Old – I popped down to the Railway in Winchester to catch Wilko Johnson live – anyone who reads this blog regularly will know that I was a big Dr Feelgood fan.
Something New – up to the Enterprise at Camden to watch The Moons in a broom cupboard above the bar – great tunes, great vibe, great night!
Something Borrowed – had a go on my brother’s brand spankers carbon racing bike – very nice – makes mine feel like a Penny Farthing (note to self – save harder)
Something Blue – Yeeessssss!!!!! Football’s back – Birmingham City are in town for a spot of Wengerball in N5.
I look forward to the Birmingham game (always assuming that they haven’t been so careless as to lose their top flight status!?) for a couple of very good reasons; a) we tend to reap maximum points at home and b) one of my best mates happens to be a season ticket holder at the Blues and always makes the trip down to the Big Smoke. So it’s a good opportunity for a bit of friendly disagreement over a few pints and then decamp to the ground to watch the Brummies chasing shadows for an hour and a half!
I don’t expect the pattern to be altered that much on Saturday! I’m expecting us to perform properly and give Birmingham a right chasing. We were abject against the Albion – and although we had a lot of possession at the Bus Stop we ended up with the usual return – zip. Chelsea know how to beat us – and if we don’t take our chances – they do. The Chelsea result is not disastrous by any means but we desperately need an improvement on Saturday and a minimum of maximum points (does that make sense?!)
I don’t think any of our balsa framed players were damaged during the week and there is talk of a partial vacuum in the treatment room – save of course for JW who was in there having splinters removed from his arse. So, no further injuries and, shock horror, injured players recovering – whatever next?! According to reports even Almiunia is fit (for f@#k all?) giving Wenger a bit of a keeper dilemma. Not in my book – Fabianski must start – I’m to be converted but he did okay in Europe and also against the Chavs so he must surely get the nod. Gibbs is available and Sagna is injured so a back four of Eboue, Squillaci, Koscielny and Clichy/Gibbs ought to cope. I’d pick Gibbs ahead of Clichy every day of the week – not because I don’t rate Clichy – just because I reckon Gibbs is better.
Midfield – who knows? Wilshere for sure, Nasri and maybe Diaby. Up front I’d go with Rosicky, Arshavin and Chamakh. If Bendtner is as ready as he says then it may be a chance to give Chamakh a breather? I reckon Cesc, Theo and Bendtner will be on the bench and should figure at some stage if things go to plan.
And what of Birmingham? I don’t know and, to be honest, I don’t really care. That’s not any form of misplaced arrogance – it’s just that if we play like we can then we should beat them comfortably at THOF – end of story.
So I’m looking forward to Saturday – I’m gonna sink a few pints, argue with an old mate and watch the Arse get back on track with a thumping win! What better way to bring the curtain down on another dreary international break?