Date: 24th August 2007 at 11:10am
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An interesting match this weekend, no doubt.

It’s a head to head i’ve been intrigued about seeing for quite a while – our very own Lord Wenger versus Sexy Svennis, the much maligned former England manager now in the hotseat at Manchester City, who has, by all accounts, got them off to a flyer.

I think everyone plays these kind of things out in their head – who would come out on top between so-and-so and whatsisface, and what would it be like if they ever were to met.

And despite what Sven had to endure during his time as England manager, there is no doubting he is a manager of some pedigree, having spent some number of years coaching in Italy at the highest level – he is certainly nobody’s mug, and I think that the way he has got City off to a flyer is indicative of that, though there are a number of factors possibly contributory to this – the increased surge of optimism at City with the new investment, the new players, the high profile manager – this must feel like one of the most exciting seasons to be a City fan in years.

Of course, everyone thinks we will run all over Man City, that they will come to play attacking football, and that we will be too much for them. I do not think it will be as straightforward as that -as mentioned before, Sven coached in Italy for a number of years, and I think he will come to The Grove with a very clear idea of what he wants to do, and i have a hunch it will be to keep it tight, offer us little in the way of chances and try to get us on the chin with a sucker punch, all in the classic Italian style. Especially seeing as this is a very new team learning to play together, they will surely need to keep things steady and secure before trying to play too much of an expansive game, much in the way a certain Mr Mourinho did when he first took over the reins at Chelski, and was charged with the task of getting several new players to instantly achieve results. I can see Sven going about the start of his tenure at City the same way.

I think this weekend’s encounter will be an intriguing affair, not necessarily an open affair, but a possible game of cat and mouse. I am of the opinion that we will win, but it might not be as easy as some folk might think…

 

20 Replies to “The Professor and the Swede”

  • As long as Almunia hasn’t caught that Mad Jens’ Disease (gifted goals) and with Ade and Berto back in the lineup, the Gunners should be City’s toughest competition so far this young season – we’ll definitely give them more of a game than ManU! I’m looking forward to this one almost as much as September 15.

  • Sven’s a decent manager, the flack he gets for his time with England is out of order. I mean, Schumacher wouldn’t have won any Grand Prix’s in a Vauxhall Astra, ya dig?

  • i can see this game like the one last year at the emirates. i think we will win this one but this game will not be easy at all. i can see city at least fighting for a uefa cup spot this year

  • Its gonna be tough but I tthink we can snatch it. Good to have both Ade and Bert back, getting ever closer to the full squad.

  • Totally agree with you LD. In fact I’d go as far as saying that I actually like the way that Sven comes across too. I find him quite amusing to be honest, and he has a pretty good managerial track record too. Which is why I’ll be quite sad to have to go and wipe away his tears after Arsenal storm to a 3-1 victory. I’m really gonna put my neck on the line here and say that we are actually going to score the first goal tomorrow. That’s right folks, first goal at the Emirates. Now that’s faith for you eh!

  • Can’t believe I’m going to say this, but I would love to see your game againdt Citeh end up a draw

  • Well they aren’t just going to roll over are they? I think it will be all-out action rather than a game of chess – they will be more combative than conservative that’s for sure! they are confident and they don’t need to go bnack into their shells, so it’s hard work for us but 3 points too I think!

  • Likewise…I’d also love to see your game end in a draw TopSpud1. More points lost for you and ManU. A draw would still be flattering for Arsenal against City.

  • time to come clean – t’was me who wrote this, not Rocky – so if you thought it a *****e pointless piece don’t balme him 🙂 few eething troubles submittting this article, for some reason it came up under Mr Mustchin’s name…»»Arsene Knows««

  • yeah the writing style didnt seem like him at all i thought something was off…word placement punctuation and the style of..blablah im bullpooping ofcourse. lets hope richards doesnt put in the performance he did against manu or we are toast

  • I reckon City’s been impressive, so I think it will be tough for us. Can’t gift any goals here, that’s for sure. 2-1 to us, and a 1-1 draw for the spuds. That’s what I’ll be praying for at bedtime tonite

  • I recon it’ll be a tight game with Sven employing all the boring tactical crap he learnt in his time at Lazio. I would say Elano will be taken out of the Hleb role he’s been playing and move back into a more typical central midfield role to crowd Cesc with Bianchi playing as a lone target man. If Gilberto starts for us we should win, but if he doesnt Elano will be a problem without a direct marker. 2-1 or 3-2 to the gunners.

  • Louisa dear, is that link in French? if so..I can´t read it…you see I don´t speak frog…sorry.

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