The news being chewed on in the public domain of course is the Uefa champions league draws that were made yesterday with Arsenal being in Group B alongside Montpellier (a return to the familiar for Olivier), Olympiacos (3rd time in 4 seasons) and Schalke 04. Most people though are focusing more on the so-called “Group of Death”, Group D, which has the winners of the Spanish, English, German and Dutch leagues. If you ask me, I do not give a rat ‘s ass who does or does not qualify (though would not say no to a man citeh flop).
Looking at it, one would expect the Arsenal to scale through this group without much hassle as this is one time lady luck has smiled on us in a long,champions-league-draws while. Winning the first four games should be of priority as this would assure qualification for the next round and allow Le Boss to rest players during the punishing and hectic december EPL schedules. However, knowing Arsenal’s penchant for making the easy seem difficult, I would not be surprised to see us qualify just by the scruff of our necks or on the last matchday.
Talking about last days,the transfer window closes today at 11pm (can’t wait, tired of being linked to every tom, dick and harry) with the club having bought a Macedonian teen goalie, alleged to be in talks with Chelsea for a load deal for Essien, having signed Cheikh Tiote and still saddled with deadweights. TGSTEL is still here (wondering where the expected avalanche of offers for such great talent are hiding) but rumours have it a deal is about to be struck with Juventus with the player and club alleged to have agreed terms; Chamakh is still chilling out (probably with a shisha pipe) though he is said to be on his merry way to Malaga on loan; PCY, Squillaci, *le sigh*, I hope this players get a move on and free up space for those the gaffer intends using to make this season one to be fondly remembered and looked back on.
Looking forward, sunday at 13:30 would see the team file out against Liverpool at Anfield with no new injuries to any player (yes,Diaby inclusive) and comebacks expected to be made by Koscielny and probably by Sczesny. Much as it is good to have him back, the availabilty of Laurent does raise the question of if the Per-Verm combo should be tampered with or left just so (if asked,I would say “well,that’s the boss’ job”). The long-term injuries shortened considerably with Sagna and Wilshere being touted to start training with the team by next month.
Two draws and two clean sheets in two games though positive would not win us the league. I expect the boys to come out firing( we are not called the Arsenal for nothing) and win this one. Would go so far as to say Olivier is going to open his EPL goal account.
Well,that would be all for now; food beckons. Till I come your way again, namaste and remember, Arsene knows.