Arsenal, in the Red trunks; Queens Park Rangers, in the blue. It’s Boxing Day people.
Away from the ‘distractions’ of chips and fries, the Premier League’s Christmas fest will now fully kick in and there will arguably be a better fixture we could wish for at the moment. A home, London derby, against the weakest of the teams from the capital. It will be festive frenzy, may be not so feisty.
But it won’t be easy.
Despite without a win from any one of their away games played, Harry Redknapp will come with a team high on confidence from last week’s comeback against West Brom. While the Gunners have had a habit of relinquishing leads, the Rs maneuvered a stunning Istanbul to lift them off the bottom of the League log. At 6th place, we cannot claim to be one of the top team’s at the moment and they will surely be fancying their chances against us.
There is no doubt who their main man will be. With 11 League goals, Charlie Austin has usurped Alexis Sanches in third place on the top scorers’ chart. The 25 year old is making a huge statement this season, repaying Redknapp’s faith in not going for a ‘proven’ striker since their promotion back to the top flight.
On our part, one man seems to be struggling to prove himself to the consciousness of all Arsenal fans. With just one goal in the Premier League at the Emirates, Danny Welbeck will soon be having it all to do if he does not prove himself as a dependable goal scorer, especially in front of the home fans.
Giroud, Alexis and Cazorla have been more involved in the success of our attacking end products in the last few games than any other and with an ailing defence and midfield, all eyes will be on them to lead us forward. QPR are not exactly a scoring team but we may need to outscore them to make sure of the three points.
Wenger is expected to rest youngster Calum Chambers, with Nacho Monreal set to resume his partnership with Per Mertesacker. The BFG will be looking to remedy his cowardice but it will still be tough against the Powers of Austin. Debuchy will have work to do containing the pace and trickery of Junior Hoilett. A choice will be made between retaining Oxlade-Chamberlain, after an uninspiring performance at Anfield, and bringing in Tomas Rosicky who’s just made a return from injury.
There is a chance to get closer to the top four today, with West Ham going to Chelsea and Southampton at Selhurst Park. Anything less than a win would be a massive let down, as a trip to the Boleyn Ground awaits after this.
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