By: Brian Perceful
Well…it's almost here. The greatest time of the year is less than a week away! KICKOFF!!!! Sunday sees us take the field for the first time this season in the league against those Scousers. Once again we seem to be in flux and turmoil on the eve of kick off. Seems we've left a lot of business to be done. It is what it is though. Kickoff won't wait so we've gotta hit the ground running with what we've got.
We find ourselves completely bare at the back. Unless Koscielny is rushed back, which I can see happening, then it looks like a center back pairing of Chambers and new boy Rob Holding. Holding has looked really good in the preseason but let's be honest it'll be a bit unfair to him to get thrown to the wolves first match but its where we find ourselves. Barring some kind of unforeseen emergency signing by the weekend he may see his first league start. Fingers crossed on that end.
Up front we are short as well with Olivier Giroud on a post-Euro break. As of now we really don't have a first team striker so either Theo or Alexis will get the run out up top. My feelings for Theo are well documented so best of luck with that. He's by far the most maddening player I've ever witness playing the game. Going forward we have a lot of experience so I think we'll be alright. It's just ridiculously frustrating that we find ourselves in this spot again. Really no excuses if you ask me.
All frustration with transfers and what not aside footy is back. That's right! The mighty Arsenal is back and looking to challenge for the league and beyond. It's a clean slate. None of us know where we'll end up at the end of the summer. We can look around lustily as other teams around us throw around ass loads of cash. That's okay. I choose to focus everything I can on MY team…THE Arsenal!!! The greatest team the world has ever seen!
I'll be at the pub! How about you? We've got a really friendly kick off slot this weekend. Come out and help us pack George's Pub in Jenks and Skinny Slim's in OKC. Both are ready to host us. Drinks will be cold and plenty! Hopefully goals for us as well. If you haven't made it out yet this is a great time to kick things off! Sure we have every right to be pessimistic but you know what….screw that. This game gives me immense joy and I love sharing that with other Gooners in OK. Let's cheer on the Arsenal together…the way its meant to be!
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