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COMMUNITY SHIELD MATCH DAY BLOG – THE RESULT MATTERS! – Le Grove – The Arsenal Opinion Weblog


You realize I’m one for pro-Mikel propaganda – and I’d like to be creating some ‘it doesn’t matter’ content material this afternoon – but it surely does.

Arsenal has one final boogeyman hiding below the mattress and it’s sporting blue and white… we have to SLAY that beast at the moment.

Win, and the staff will realise they’ve what it takes in opposition to the literal finest within the recreation.

Lose, and we’ll spend the subsequent 8 weeks dreading the return episode.

Arsenal’s crop of younger gamers doubtless know they’re the 2nd finest staff within the nation, maybe on the earth. If we’re to make strikes on main trophies, they should no less than know they’re within the struggle.

Preseason has been fairly rocky for a lot of causes. Dropping to a colorless United aspect was painful, smashing an elite Barca staff felt very particular, drawing in opposition to Monaco was sobering. For a settled squad, all the pieces feels fairly unsettled, and that’s for good purpose. Our final Premier League season crashed as a result of we performed the identical beginning 11 each week and weren’t bodily sufficient when it mattered. To handle that, we’ve added tall boys, with beef, and slowly constructed out the remainder of the squad the place there have been weaknesses. To really unlock the potential of the brand new signings, we’re going to have to look at some drab moments.

The quickest approach to construct connections and momentum is to win – we’ve a better likelihood of beginning the season positively if we’ve the monumental enhance of beating Metropolis.

If we lose – who is aware of how the primary 4 video games of the season will go.

What do I anticipate at the moment?

Staff sheet is out in 20 minutes, so this might age poorly.

Declan Rice and Thomas Partey will likely be within the beginning 11. It’s an vital assertion to have your summer season signing from he gods within the beginning 11. It’s additionally symbolic to begin Partey after all of the rumours.

I’m pondering that possibly Kai Havertz begins as our 9, though all preseason indicators level to Eddie. Havertz is tall, quick, and awkward for BIG defenders. Eddie and Jesus have tended to get eaten alive by Metropolis – so possibly we strive one thing new?

Choosing the defence ought to be straightforward. Ben White at proper again, Tomi at left again, with Gabriel and Saliba. We’d like one thing settled and that’s as settled as we are able to supply. Clearly, our man Ramsdale goes to be between the sticks.

Arsenal had been leggy in opposition to Monaco, however I don’t anticipate to see that at the moment. We’ll hopefully be explosive out the blocks like we had been in opposition to Barcelona.

What Arteta will do tactically is anybody’s guess. Getting railed by way of the center is my essential fear after watching us preseason. My hope is we’ll be sharper at Wembley below the strain of a really thrilling recreation.

You should be medical in opposition to Manchester Metropolis, we haven’t been over the previous few seasons.

You’ll be able to’t make errors in opposition to their assault, we’ve.

You want a little bit of luck in these huge video games, it actually by no means comes.

I’m excited to see the place this squad is correct NOW.

This recreation is vital to the season, but it surely’s not the season.

My beginner guess is that we’re going to have a rocky begin this season, however we’ll pull it collectively and be the place we have to be by March.

If we smack up Metropolis, I might need to throw all that out the window.

Earlier than I exit – Flo Balogun is twerking for Inter Milan on his Instagram tales. Like, actually, who give a rat’s arse. He’s getting no love from Arsenal and Inter Milan is a VERY attractive prospect for a 21-year-old. My concern right here is we’re gifting Inter Milan a participant for £35m – and if the shoe was on the opposite foot and we had been chasing him, he’d be price £70m.

Add to that Matt Turner is outwardly exiting for £7m to a membership that spent £26m on Morgan Gibbs-White final season. That is after we moved on Auston Trusty for a pitiful £5m. I actually can’t for the lifetime of me perceive why the media hold operating ‘actually good enterprise’ headlines about these numbers. £5m is pitiful money for a Birmingham participant of the season – and £1m revenue on the USMNT staff keeper is admittedly depressing. We aren’t good at promoting. I believed it was a deadwood concern, however Chelsea has completed an unimaginable job this summer season. At this level, it looks like we’ve a rep for promoting low, and we are able to’t get out of that gap.

Nonetheless, it’s not my cash, so who cares so long as we are able to afford huge names ourselves!

Okay, get your Arsenal neon tiger shirt on and let’s roll!

Let me know the way YOU assume the Premier League goes to go this season.

See you within the feedback!

P.S. We’ve got a Patreon Discord going this season AND an FPL. If you wish to be part of, get it right here.

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