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Goodison Park this evening. It only seems like yesterday that we were battling with the Toffees for fourth place last season. They gave us a good run for our money and I see them as a real threat again this season as well. Last weekend when we were slogging it out to get a result against a Pulis free Palace, they were just about getting a draw at newly promoted Leicester, conceding two goals in the process. They are beatable but Lukaku will be an ongoing problem for our defence and I have doubts about us keeping a clean sheet.
Mertesacker will hopefully be back in the team next to Kos and with Arteta injured I would like to see Wenger putting Chambers into the DM role. From what I’ve seen of him so far at CB he has shown that a move slightly forward into mid-field would not be a strain on him. He has shown a very mature footballing brain in his first few games. He is confident and quick into the tackle, he is good on the ball and he moves forward and passes with intelligence. Up front I would really like Wenger to change things around and go for a pacy, attacking front line of Sanchez, Oxlade and Campbell.
For me, after his last two performances, I’d want Giroud dropped to the bench. Why people are saying he isn’t match fit I’ve got no idea. He was at the World Cup and has been back in training and participating in pre-season. I see no reason for the excuses but perhaps it’s a mental thing, on Tuesday night in Turkey he appeared to have no energy and hardly made any movement off the ball. He was puffing and panting like a 40 fag a day man, and the French do like their fags! It makes me wonder what he was doing on his two-week holiday to make him so unfit. Another who needs benching is Carzorla, in the last two games he has failed miserably on the left wing, it just isn’t his place and he has been woefully inadequate, continually moving into the middle and congesting the central mid-field. Sanchez (Alexis) has shown he has the energy and the motivation, moving about the pitch with ease but his final pass has been left wanting on a few occasions, I hope it’s just him adapting to the team and how we play.
Everton will be playing a much more open and free-flowing game compared to Palace last week. This will give some of our players, Ramsey and Ozil for instance, more room for creativity. And with Sanchez, Oxlade and Campbell up front, the chances of a quick break will always be a threat. Furthermore, they will be without Barkley, who would normally be trying to boss the midfield.
Along with Lukaku, Everton have Naismith up front as well. He scored last weekend and could be a threat but against Leicester they conceded on two occasions when in the lead, so they are vulnerable. I don’t see a repeat of last seasons result, I would go for a draw, 1-1 or 2-2. Out of our last 15 league and cup games with Everton, last season was our only defeat. Out of the last four games, three have been a draw. Everton don’t have a strong defence and can easily concede, whereas we have a strong defence and therefore should try to capitalise on their weakness with pace up front, but without the gung-ho start which saw us crucified in April. My team selection is below, but I don’t really see Wenger going for this. It is my selection but my naivety with regards to tactics and team selection is renowned throughout the bloggosphere so get ready for Wenger to pick something totally different. I just enjoyed playing with the team selection widget thingy-me-bob.
Bench: Martinez, Bellerin, Flamini, Rosicky, Wilshere, Giroud, Podolski.
I would see Campbell and Sanchez exchanging the central role during the match and Sanchez and Oxlade swapping on the wings. With Debuchy and Monreal making runs along the wings the attacking format could be explosive on the break. However, in our last encounter at Goodison Park, our opponents took advantage down our left flank and Monreal was often left exposed. If Santi plays on the left-wing today then that weakness will not be covered. If Lukaku is deployed down our left side then we could be punished once again, this is why I’d like to see the Ox or Sanchez out on the left-wing.
There you go, my first match preview to show the whole Arsenal world what a muppet I am when it comes to tactics and football in general. It’s the team I would pick if I were manager, so perhaps it’s a good thing that I’m not and just sitting in my armchair, playing fantasy manager and drinking a glass of wine. I can leave the headaches of team selection and tactics to Arsène Wenger because he knows best. I just hope we don’t get Toffee’d.
Enjoy the match wherever you are watching it in the universe. COYG’s.
Right, time for a glass of wine and some spicy chorizo……. hope you enjoyed your visit. Until tomorrow when there will be my normal Sunday supplement.
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