“A want win not a must win” for Arsenal is how Arsene Wenger described this afternoon’s home fixture against Manchester City while for them nothing but a win will do if they want to keep alive their hopes of a first league title for forty-eight years. A Gunners win would move us back up to third place two points clear of Spurs, who could only draw at The Stadium of light, in yesterday’s midday kick-off.
“ A want win not a must win” may be Le Professeur’s opinion, it certainly isn’t mine though. With Newcastle’s 2 - 0 win over Swansea moving them up to fifty-six points and Chelsea’s win over Wigan lifting them into fifth place, also on fifty-six points, there’s no room for us to drop points at this stage if we want to finish in third place.
Much has been written recently about the disarray in the City dressing room, Aguero suffering a “silly” foot injury, over-paid players complaining of over-playing and being tired, Balotelli arguing and fighting with his own team-mates and Manager Mancini seemingly feeling the pressure. All of this, allied to a poor away record, indicates that this could be an ideal time to play the Manchester Oilers.
On the other hand, City do have some outstanding players such as Aguero, Tevez, Hart and both the Toure brothers, one other player who must be mentioned is the mercenary Na£ri, who if he plays will be accorded the warmest of warm welcomes back to The Emirates, I don’t think!
There have been no new injuries reported so the starting line-up should see only minor tactical changes with Oxlade-Chamberlain coming in for Ramsey who, in my opinion, had a poor game against QPR.
Sagna Koscielny Vermaelen Gibbs
Arteta Song Rosicky
Walcott van Persie Oxlade-Chamberlain
It would be an enormous boost if RvP could find his scoring boots (or head) again after a spell of three games without a goal, it’s not quite a drought yet but the longer it goes on the more the confidence drains away.
Once again the Arsenal Faithful must be on their game just as much as the team itself. They have provided some amazing support recently, long may it continue.
C’mon The Rip-Roaring Gunners!
Is it a “want win” or a “must win”