So the Scottish Gunners will still be under the command of Her Majesty… phew!
That means PM David Cameron will have one heavy load off his back and will surely be expecting a fabulous weekend to celebrate the great escape. How we would wish that his boyhood team in Birmingham will give him the perfect party to toast when they welcome the team who play very close to Number 10 in London.
Going by the form in which Aston Villa currently rave in, it is not mission impossible for them to fancy their chances against the Gunners when both teams face off at Villa Park in one of Saturday’s 3 o’clock kick-offs.
The club, on Wednesday, chose to offer more motivation to their Scottish gaffer, Paul Lambert, with an improved contract. We cannot confirm how much that deal affected the result of the Referendum poll, but guaranteed is the enormous boost in confidence with which Aston Villa will approach their games henceforward. With their only defeat thus far coming in their League Cup tie with the Os, Arsenal will face the second placed team on the log, just two points behind the leaders. They have the meanest defence in the League having only shipped one goal in the four games played, in contrast to 6 for Arsenal.
Going by the above, it will be another tricky away tie, but one which is A MUST WIN for the embattled Gunners. Exactly how do we leave the Park without being undone by the Villains?
- Keep It Simple
For all the love we have for the passing game played the Arsenal Way, it does appear sometimes that we tend to go search for a hammer to press a pin into paper. One-touch football is good but overplaying it at times could lead to losing it, and with Gabriel Agbonlahor showing that one can stay speedy with age, we wouldn’t want to be caught on the break again.
- Keep It Flowing
There are fewer frustrating sights to see on the pitch than a player holding onto the ball while the others stay glued to their ‘defaults’. As much as Ozil has been slated for not imposing himself on teams, he has had to contend with static players who would rather take a sideways pass than make a diagonal run to draw out a defender. The kind of football we play is totally fashioned on quick transitions and that will not happen if players do not rover round the field.
- Keep Calm… and Pass to Ozil
It is a widely debated that the German seer should be played in his favorite role, in the hole behind the striker. As much as that is an issue, it does appear at times that he has not always received much of the ball when in advanced positions. He has never been an all-action machine in the caliber of Alexis Sanchez and should not be expected to chase down balls. What Ozil can do – and does perfectly – is switch on when the opposition switch off. Arsenal have a player who has a keen vision to know when the eye of a needle is big enough to plug, and if we do not use him, he must not be blamed.
- Keep the Faith
We have managed to go behind in 3 of the 4 games we have played in the League this season but have managed to still stay undefeated. A ‘Begovic’ could go past Szeczney and into the top corner, the Referee could send Gibbs off for a Delph foul on Chamberlain – It could go horribly wrong within the first few seconds. Whatever happens, heads must not go down. A comeback can always be achieved, and though we’d rather we hit them for six, a 2 – 1 from behind will be taken with all joy.
“Just get it done!”
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