So here we go again, our third game in six days. The past two have been a beautiful mix of everything pleasing and frustrating about this current crop of players, even though in retrospect, a draw at Turf Moor isn’t really a damning result.
Onto today’s match, a match in which many Arsenal fans have been looking forward to since the fixtures were released in June. That’s right, the ugly, singing Orange Man is back in Islington. Here at Vital Arsenal, we have been praying this egotistical liar would still have a job at Hull come December 19th. Don’t get me wrong, having an ego isn’t a bad thing. In fact, I am myself an egotistical narcissist, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. However, I don’t go off making up outlandish, over the top lies about people mutating into llamas and coming onto a football pitch in CLOTHESSSS! Black zip-up hoodies are the from the devil. I can’t express my true feelings for Phil ‘Orangy’ Brown, so I’ll just say he won’t be receiving a Christmas card from me next week.
Most of Arsene’s pre-match quotes are devoted to current financial status of modern-day football, and since that kind of stuff bores me, I’ve picked up some quotes from a man I’ve always liked and respected, Martin O’Neill.
‘It’s interesting Arsene Wenger made the point that in what should have been a full Premier League programme some teams didn’t play in midweek.
‘I understand where he is coming from because some teams are getting an advantage. Stoke City didn’t play this week and it stands to reason they would be fresher than us. I can understand what’s been said (by Wenger). ‘It should have been a full programme but it clashed with the Europa League.
‘The Premier League should have had a look at that. Are those added few days’ rest worth an extra few per cent? Absolutely, without question.
Arsenal Team News:
One in, one out. Cesc has been ruled out for 8-10 days with a hamstring injury that is ‘not as bad as previously feared’. It’s a shame he can’t play. I know he would have wanted to give Hull a good kick up the rear. Denilson, however, is back and will make up the midfield trio with Song and Diaby. Other than that, it should be pretty much the same team as midweek. Silvestre will once again start, as our top three left backs are still out. Will Fabianski finally take over for the walking wounded? We’ll have to wait and see.
Predicted Starting XI: Fabianski, Sagna, Gallas, Vermaelen, Silvestre, Song, Diaby, Denilson, Nasri, Walcott, Arshavin
Player to watch: Abou Diaby
Abou had one of his finest away games in an Arsenal shirt at Burnley. Without Cesc, he’ll need to be sharp once again.
Phil Brown FC Team News:
Jimmy Bullard is out. I’m kind of glad he is out because he’s a pretty likable guy. It’s a shame he has to play for this orange bloke. Daniel Cousin and Ian Ashbee are also out.
Player to watch: Geovanni
We all know what he can do. Last year, he scored a goal worthy of winning any game. Though, if we would have closed him down, I don’t think it would have found the net. Let’s try to do that this time around
Steve Bennett is the head official for this one.
We were beaten by the better team on the day last October. Couple that with the drama after the FA cup victory and you will get an Arsenal team that is hungry for blood. As I said earlier, it’s a shame Cesc can’t play because he would rip this Hull team to shreds. I hope he’ll have a word with the team in the dressing room before the match.
I’ll probably end up with egg on my face tomorrow night for this, but I predict we will win big. I think this prediction comes from the fact I want to beat them so badly.
If we can will quite comfortably, the smug, mischievous smile on Arsene’s face when he goes across to shake Brown’s hand will be the best Christmas present I could ever ask for.
27/12 (Sun) — Aston Villa (h) — Premier League
30/12 (Wed) — Portsmouth (a) — Premier League
3/1 (Sun) — West Ham (a) — FA Cup
The match is on ESPN in England, and FSC in the States. Have a good weekend everyone. Remember to put your hoods up!