Genuinely, is anyone really that bothered that Arsenal are playing tonight?
We are already guaranteed to go through top of group in the Europa League. We are playing a bunch of Bulgarian (or somewhere in Eastern Europe) farmers who will probably do a shift on a building site in London today- or they would if they had CSCS.
Whilst BATA Borislav do have something to play for – 1 point splits the three awful teams in our group, from an Arsenal point of view, it is a meaningless game.
Occasionally when we play these sort of dead rubbers, the excitement is that we will get to see a few of the youngster who we have been hearing about. But we have been playing the likes of Ainsley Naitland-Miles and Reiss Nelson throughout the group stages. So there is little excitement surrounding these players.
Arsene Wenger could pull a rabbit out of the hat and play a complete XI of youth players, but the reality is the likes of Per Mertesacker, Mathieu Debuchy, Mo Elneny, Jack Wilshere and Olivier Giroud will start.
The game is expected to be the lowest ever attendance at the Emirates. I would be surprised if there are more than 40,000 people at the game. 30,000 would be my nearer estimate.
I myself am not going. Liam Gallagher is playing at Ally Pally Thursday night and I am going to that.
No one wants my ticket. Not even for free.
It is the type of game where you have to think the club need to do something about the ticketing. Even though mine is just £15.0 so price is not the problem, the demand is not there. Maybe the club give season ticket holders the option to donate and those tickets can go to the clubs foundation partners, such as the Willow Foundation, or to local schools.
My hope is that Arsenal do put on a performance, score 5 or 6 goals, make it worthwhile for the fans who have got themselves out of their warm abode. Do not do a repeat of Red Star Belgrade. A dull 0-0 in the freezing cold.
Personally, I m buzzing for LG.