West Brom Preview

Sorry for the delay and welcome back to the blog, a blog run by a fan, for the fans!

Today we preview our trip to the Hawthorns, a game that gives the opportunity to, potentially, extend our lead at the top. That doesn’t sound bad now does it, especially given what happened on the opening day.                                                                                                                                                                                           The game has been given a little more of an edge now after what happened on Saturday, with the baggies clinching a shock victory at Old Trafford, though now it seems it would have been more of a shock if a David Moyes team actually won a game. But, after a poor start and with the bit now well and truly between their teeth, I feel that we may just have a game on our hands tomorrow.

Despite this however, if we are to mount a serious title challenge this season (Which I think we are more than capable of doing), then this is exactly the type of game we have to be winning; a cold, wintery game in the east midlands. And, bar a disaster like a red card, I feel that we have more than enough to win this game. Not just in skill, that much is obvious, but the new found resiliency and defensive mentality of the team that has acted as the backbone in our change of form.                                                                                       Mathieu Flamini has added the steel that we have needed for years, and as well as his goals, Aaron Ramsey has also made the most tackles in the Premier League this season. This new midfield combination has been the heartbeat of this side, and the return of Mikel Arteta has only added to this.

Here’s how I think we will line up today:

Szczesny

Jenkinson Mertersacker Koscielny Gibbs

Arteta Flamini

Wilshere Ozil Ramsey

Giroud

After his performance against Napoli, I think that Arteta will come straight back into the team, freeing up Ramsey from his defensive responsibilities and allowing him to attack more. Despite his week in the media this week, I also feel that Wilshere will come in Rosicky, who only returned from injury on Tuesday, and Jenkinson to come in for the injured Sagna. Furthermore, week by week, our bench seems to be looking stronger, a bench that was able to keep Jack Wilshere off the pitch for the majority of the game on Tuesday.

My only fear for this team is that there is a distinct lack of pace. Whilst the skill and technical ability of the starting eleven in undisputed, that killer bit of pace is missing, with only young Gnabry offering it from the bench.  

My prediction:

1-2 Arsenal

With both teams in form, I think we’re in for a really tough game. With ‘Le Sulk’ and Amalfitano on the wings and the former Sunderland lad up front (Who’s name I cannot spell), their attacking threat is obvious. However, as already mentioned, these are games you have to win, and win it we will.

Giroud and Ozil to score,

COME ON YOU GOONERS!!

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