Boing Boing Baggies! Arsenal head to the Hawthorns

Arsenal head to the Hawthorns with a skip in the step. The results have been positive recently and more than that, the performances have given us much to enjoy in the last three matches. Us Gooner’s have had enough of kamikaze defending and gifting goals to opposition at times when we should be killing games off. It had to stop if we were to finish this season well and I hope the team continues in this miserly vein.

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On the injury front we are looking good, Jack and Theo are set to return next week, with only the unfortunate Diaby and Ryo Miyaichi on the long-term injury list. The squad has had a weeks rest and Nacho has successfully recovered from the injury he sustained trying to stop Readings only goal. This prompts an interesting dilemma for Arsene as this is the first time he will have both Nacho and Gibbo fit and available for selection, but there is no reason why Gibbs couldn’t play in front of Nacho. He has the pace and the ability to go at players.

 

I do expect us to line up something like this however;

24
Fabianski
17
Nacho Monreal
6
Koscielny
4
BFG
3
Sagna
8
Arteta
16
Ramsey
27
Gervinho
19
Cazorla
7
Rosicky
12
Giroud

The Baggies are benefiting from the form of the excellent Lukaku, who is on loan from Chelsea and looks to be the clone of Drogba. Fast, powerful and with an eye for goal he will cause a problem for our centre-backs tomorrow. We will have to be drilled, disciplined and ready. Let’s not forget of course that West Brom had a cracking start to the season and whilst they have tapered off a bit recently they are very dangerous and we cannot take this game lightly. Every point we win now will count and with the indifferent form of Chelski and Tottenham we can really make a great opportunity for ourselves by winning this weekend.

Looking at our opposition for the top four, both Chelski and Spurs played last night and had tough games. Spurs suffered an injury to their talismanic, pacy gibbon-esque Bale and that could threaten to derail their season with injuries already racking up in their forward line they are left with just Adebayor as an out and out striker. Everton will provide a tough test and could well get a result at the Lane. Chelski are so inconsistent at the moment I couldn’t guess what side might show up this weekend, I am hoping for Sunderland to nick at least a point, perhaps three following their managerial changes.

Forget everyone else though, we have to look at ourselves. Come on you Gooner’s, lets have it. It’s back on!

WG

 

3 thoughts on “Boing Boing Baggies! Arsenal head to the Hawthorns”

  1. Hi WG,

    Good Post again! 🙂

    I too think Lukaku is the bees knees, and in 2 or 3 years will be a hell of a player.

    Not at all sure about the WBA game because every time we have been in a position to get back against our competitors we seem to come up short.

    Of course, I hope I am wrong, but I just could not bear to think of the gloom if we only draw — or worse yet, lose — and see Spurs and Chelsea move away from us again.

    I am being a bit of a Job’s comforter here, but after a while you do get a sense of deja vu.

    I looked in on WG over a couple of weeks or so in mid-March, and there you weren’t! 😀
    Glad you are back in action, again.

  2. Very good pre-match Wiggy.

    I think you’re right with the team selection, but I expect Rosicky to start more central, with Santi out wide (but with freedom to roam).

    As you rightly say, the renewed defensive discipline is what has put us back on track. This is no easy game, but if we can pick up where we left off against reading (in terms of effort, concentration and quickness of pass-and-move) we should be able to edge it.

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