Friday, September 14, 2012

Arsenal v Southampton Preview

By William McMenemy.

So finally, normal service resumes with the return of league football this weekend. The season really kicks off over the next two weeks with games against City and Chelsea coming up plus a trip to France and a Carling Cup tie. All very exciting.

Tomorrow, we play Southampton. They’ve given scares to the two teams who finished miles ahead of anyone else last season and that needs to be taken into account. Jenkinson and Gibbs will have their work cut out with Rickie Lambert, who likes to peel off to the back post and jump for headers with the full-backs instead of the two in the middle. His goal against Yanighhhhhhted was text book in that approach.

What about our issues then. Diaby and Walcott will have fitness tests but the former is expected to miss out while the latter should be ok. Other than that, no worries.

The big talking point is what to do in midfield. A lot are sceptical to introducing Ramsey to our current midfield. Personally, I would. Last season he was tasked with trying to break down defences and it didn’t quite come off. When he broke through for the team back in early 2010, he was playing alongside Alex Song in what was very much Arteta’s role from last season. I think having a cool head in Arteta alongside him, Ramsey should do ok.

He needs to step it up though, Cazorla has instantly become the number 1 hole player and he’s got Diaby and Wilshere to compete with further back. Not to mention the rejuvenated Rosicky to come back from injury as well. Ramsey really has fell down the pecking order.

The other ‘issue’ is Giroud. Personally, I think it’s a load of nonsense. To get on the back of a player just roughly 200 minutes into his Arsenal career is a joke and a clear indication of the ‘now now now’ mentality of the modern day fan. Not only is he adapting to us but we are adapting to him. He’s a different kind of player to what we’ve had before, yes even different to Chamakh. It will take time but it in my honest opinion will come good.

So onwards and upwards. Until next time, WM.


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