Arsenal round out the very productive month of September with a trip over the border to Welsh Wales to take on Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday. As it’s my birthday I firmly hope that we can take a few liberties of our own to come away with another three points that will see us cement our place at the summit of the Premier league. I would expect that the Stoke side will take the field as according to AW they are all well rested. Wonder if Big Per and Serge are listening to that????
On that note I must correct myself when I said that AW made ten changes from the Stoke side that faced the Baggies. It was in fact nine changes as I totally overlooked young Serge! Grovelling apologies to our young German! More grovelling apologies to another young German follow as I can’t spell Eisfeld either!! I should have paid attention in my German class! In fact I should have attended my German class!
On the injury front AW stated that Rosicky would not be available for Saturday’s trip but should be in the squad for the home Champs League opener against Napoli on Tuesday. More good news followed when Santi revealed, in a tweet session with Arsenal fans, in which he revealed that he hoped to be available for the Premier League clash away at the Baggies Sunday week, 6th Oct. Indeed the good news kept flowing as it’s been revealed the Theo, after his minor abdominal surgery, should be available for the Norwich match, 19th Oct, after the next boring interlull.
Ok not good news that our current all time leading scorer is out but this obviously means that he misses the two England matches, which is no bad thing as he recovers, and should be fit and raring to go. Who takes his place until then could well end up a bit of a conundrum as Serge did ok against Stoke but was largely ineffective in midweek and looked knackered long before his penalty miss. Ryo, who was equally ineffective and looks like he needs a large shot of confidence, could be rotated with Serge leaving Rosicky to take the place for the Napoli match.
All speculation of course, Santi, if he does return on Sunday week, will cover the left side and I hope AW doesn’t shove Wiz or Rambo out on the wing! As for the match itself well that is a bit of a conundrum in itself. Since Swansea’s return to the top flight back in 2011 Arsenal won the home fixture 1-0 and lost the away one 3-2! Last year it was a debacle of Villaesque proportions as Swansea won at the Emirates 0-2, oh Jenks and that second killer goal! Yet we went to the Liberty in the Cup drawing 2-2 and winning the replay 1-0, then returned to the Liberty in the Prem and won that 0-2. So as for predictions anything goes!
Swansea sit ninth some five points behind us and had a pretty indifferent start to this year’s campaign. Defeats in their opening two Prem fixtures, home to ManU 1-4 and away at the Spuds, 1-0, left the Welsh side languishing down the bottom of the league. They have somewhat turned that around with 0-2 away wins at the Baggies and Palace sandwiched between a creditable 2-2 home draw with the Scousers. They are also in Europe having one the Capital One Cup, or whatever it was named last year, and have turned in some remarkable performances thus far, walloping Valencia in their own park 0-3 last time out.
But they’ve also had some horror shows as on Wednesday in this year’s Capital One Cup Championship side Birmingham City dumped the holders out winning 3-1 at St Andrews. Well if Arsenal keep up their momentum I don’t see why we could not come away with all three points which will set up my celebrations quite nicely thank you very muchly. Then we can all start all over again when Rafa the gaffa brings his Napoli side to town and Gonzalo realises that he signed for the wrong team!! Well we can all hope!
Come on you gooners!