Well, this is embarrassing. For the first time this season, I will be posting a match preview, before I post the match review of the previous game.
It has been extremely hectic for me the past week, to keep up with the blog, considering my project manager has been hounding me to get a particular project up and running. I have had to work 10 hour shifts, and I return home like some ruffed up and exhausted soldier, after a weary battle.
Add to that, the frustrating life of being a software developer, with little or no incentive to work. There’s barely a social life, and at the moment it is only watching the games with the lads, whenever I am in Bangalore.
Anyways, I am not going to bore you. The match reviews should be up soon. And we have a game to look forward to today.
The Bayern game bought out a lot of emotions from me. Sheer ecstasy at Giroud’s early goal, some abusing at Ramsey’s wayward passing, a bit of wowing at Koscielny’s tackling, a few heart-stopping moments when Fabianski appeared on the screen, cringing at Gervinho’s introduction, ballisticness at Koscielny’s goal, ranting at Bayern’s loser attitude, and of course ‘down-to-the-knees-face-in-hand’ at the final whistle.
Like against Milan last year, the team made us dream the impossible dream, albeit for a small time. At the end of the day, however, we were knocked out on the technicality, termed as “The Away Goals Rule”.
It was a massive performance from the team, slagged off at every opportunity, for their under performances over the course of the season. But, now it’s time to carry this result forward, and aim for whatever is left this season, finishing in the top 4, above Sp*rs, for Christ’s sake.
There will be some rotation for sure. Jack Wilshere, Lukas Podolski and Bacary Sagna are out. Also, Kieran Gibbs is likely to be rested, having played in a high intensity encounter, just after returning from injury. That means a start for Nacho Monreal.
Apart from that, Arsene Wenger may reinstate Belgian Thomas Vermaelen and Wojciech Szczesny back into the squad, after some baseless rumours in midweek that the pair will be offloaded at the end of the season. In midfield, Abou Diaby…do I need say more.
Swansea have injury worries of their own, with Chico Flores and Kemy Augustien ruled out. Neil Taylor is still recovering, while Leon Britton and Wayne Routledge are included in the squad.
Here is how I expect the teams to lineup.
Swansea are on the high, after their cup winning exploits this season, and surely will be brimming with confidence. Arsenal have now deployed a very high defensive line, and it may be exposed ruthlessly, unless it is tightened up.
Michu, Routledge, de Guzman are the kind of players who can really pick a pass. Arsenal will however have to stick to their own game and constantly press a Swans team, that likes to pass.
Thanks to Liverpool, the gap is now down to 4 points, and with 10 games to go, anything is possible. About time the team bucks up and makes those games count!
Jai Arsenal 🙂
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