So finally we get to return to the Emirates to support the team and it is likely to be a very nervy game for fans and the players. We go into the game under a massive cloud of negativity after last weeks game and the knee jerk reaction fans calling for Arteta to go.
We have improved the squad further with much needed competition for Leno in goal and signing Odergaard permanently. This has bought some feel good vibes to me, but as always there are just some who are not happy still.
We go into this game knowing a result for us will give much needed confidence and a platform to build on for the season ahead. We are still without Gabriel (knee), Partey (ankle) and Nketiah (ankle). Lacazette and Runarsson are two of four positive COVID tests with Aubameyang and Willian doubtful after recovering from their illnesses.
If Aubameyang is not fit enough we should see Balugun or Martinelli up front. Saka is still slightly short of full fitness but I expect he will be ready to start today after his performance when he came on at Brentford. Odergaard is missing whilst his Visa is confirmed, so think that the team with be largely the same as last week personnel wise however I am thinking a change of shape with three at the back.
I am thinking that an extra central defender will be important as we look to guard against the threat of Lukaku.
What we are certain of is a game and the players need a positive atmosphere to play in to give us the best chance of performing well and getting something from game. Let’s get behind the team and support them all the way.
I am predicting a 2-2 draw today. I think we need to be realistic with things and accept where we are and when Chelsea are currently. There are no quick fixes to this and we have to trust Mikel and the players to find the solutions to the problems we face.
Anyway, enjoy the game, enjoy the experience back at The Emirates and sing up for the Arsenal.
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