The headline is a bet of a test. See who on social media actually takes the time to read the blog and who comments without reading.
We know Arsenal will not put out a full strength team. Mohamed Elneny is still in Africa.
It will actually be enjoyable to watch those on social media and the good and great of her majesties written press (and spoken) rant and rave today. It will all be so predictable.
When the team is announced, we will see all those bitter fools say “but they could not put a team out at the weekend”.
And whilst they do have a point, the issue is the fact they are only talking about Arsenal.
On Tuesday, Burnley’s Premier League match with Watford was postponed as Burnley “only had 10 fit players”. The news was released with barely a murmur.
There was no hours on end debate on TalkSport. No discussion on Sky Sports News. No one going through their Premier League A & B lists, counting them up, and saying “why can they not play their U23s.
It is only The Arsenal that seems to be on the end of that sort of criticism.
So onto tonight.
Martin Odegaard, who missed the first leg after a positive Covid-19 test, is set to be available after isolating, while the likes of Kieran Tierney, Calum Chambers, Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Magalhaes are expected to be fit.
Granit Xhaka is still suspended whilst Cedric Soares is out injured. Elneny and Thomas Partey are still on international duty (the Ghanaian might be back for the weekend) whilst Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is back at the club but undergoing heart tests.
Emile Smith Smith Rowe and Takehiro Tomiyasu have still not returned to training, whilst Bernd Leno is expected to keep his cup-place ahead of Aaron Ramsdale.
The knives will be out today, with everyone ignoring the fact that we are only playing because Liverpool successfully got the original tie postponed due to 13-billion-to-1 false positives.
Let’s make it noisy, make is us against the world, and earn a trip to Wembley.
May Arteta at least have Partey available on the bench at least …..
ramsdale played the first leg, so maybe leno keeping his cup place isnt right? i doubt partey will be back in time sadly. tough game ahead for sure.
thanks for this post