Squeeky Brum time...

IT could be argued it’s a case of squeeky Brum time today as the Arsenal face a must-win trip to St Andrews ! But why should we be so trepidacious going into the game against Alex McLeish’s side?Two words. Tommy Vermalean. I think this game would have been tough enough with TV5 in our ranks but to come away with three points without his outstanding presence is going to be a task and half. So what does AW do in the absence of our Belgique enforcer?
The options would appear to be either drop Alex Song back into partner Sol Campbell or draft in Mikael Silvestre. The latter’s legs seem to be on the way out in my opinion but can he come in and do a job for the cause? Probably. Of course, that would mean a lack of youthful endeavour in central defence and you have to be concerned as to just how well these two venerable veterans will cope over 90 minutes against what is a decent City side.
The way to cope, of course, is to play our natural game and defend from the front. If we’ve got possession then there is little they can do to harm us. The onus is very much on our attacking players today and the message is clear: dominate from the off and take any perceived pressure off the backline. Today is all about taking our chances. I would love AW to start Theo Walcott today and get at ’em early. Let’s remember the gaffer will have any eye on a certain game against some mob from Catalonia on Wednesday but today’s game is just as important to our season given our position in the race for the Premier League title.
What odds Nik Bendtner has a stormer and scores against the club that he served during a loan period a few seasons back? And what of Eduardo’s return to the Birmingham battlefield and the memories of the assault – because it certainly wasn’t a tackle – he endured that fateful day?
Well, he will more than likely be on the bench and could it be written that with the game in deadlock and with the clock ticking down he comes off the bench and scores the winner.
My mate Mark, in the car with me as we travel to the Midlands as I write this, says this of that particular scenario: ‘I’ll be pissing on my belly if that happens.’ Spot on, Mark. Come on you Gunners!

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