Post match: 3-1 v Olympiakos, with Arsenal’s new predator, Gervinho, scoring one and setting up Podolski. Sub Giroud provides for fellow sub Rambo to make a sloppy performance look better than it was. Talk about flattering scoreline! Missing Mertesacker, who’s out with a virus.
Pre-match: Jenkinson is wanted by Finland and to my surprise I’m hoping he’ll choose England instead. Let’s hope Roy calls him up. Just a month or so ago, I wasn’t sure he was good enough for Arsenal and now I’m thinking England! You’re as good as your last game or games in Carl’s case.
Wenger is right to point out the positives v Chelsea and say that ‘what was not good is easy to correct’. Bring Per back!
Arsenal are 10/11 to beat Olympiakos tonight, but it’s not going to be that easy. However, the Chelsea defeat may pump up our players and get them extra motivated. 2-0 I reckon to Arsenal.
Monday – a media circus turned out to see Jack Wilshere’s comeback game against WBA’s U21 side. We lost 1-0 but Jack looked tough enough to be ready for a first-team return, judging by the way he handled some sturdy physical challenges. He looked a bit ring rusty though, but you’d expect that given the amount of time he’s been out of action.
Right now, we sit in 8th, 2 points behind our next opponents West Ham, who beat bottom club QPR convincingly away from home 2-1. It’s going to be tough to beat the Hammers with Sam Allardyce in charge and like us, they’ve only lost once so far this season. I predict a draw.
Also above us at this stage are: top-of-the-table Chelsea, who won’t stay there long unless I’m very much mistaken; Everton, ditto; Man U, who are looking shaky; Man C, no surprises there; Spurs, boo hiss, but playing well; WBA, a surprise package so far but set to slip down the table I reckon; and the aforementioned Hammers.
I still say we’ll finish 3rd.