Good morning all.
As we put together for our journey to Villa Park on Saturday, figuring out that Mikel Arteta faces a touchline ban for daring to be completely satisfied together with his crew’s late purpose, Saturday’s opponent moved as much as third within the desk after a 1-0 win over Man Metropolis final evening. Their report at dwelling could be very spectacular, however have a look at how they dominated this match statistically:
22 pictures towards Metropolis’s 2?! I can not keep in mind ever seeing them enable so many purpose makes an attempt within the Guardiola period. Whereas it would point out that each one shouldn’t be effectively with that crew, it’s extra proof that Saturday goes to be a really, very robust recreation for us. Unai Emery’s story will come into its personal. The truth that they’ve now gained fourteen consecutive video games at dwelling tells you ways good they’re at Villa Park, however I feel information like which can be there to be damaged in order that can be our problem.
If Metropolis appear like they’re struggling a bit, I would not dare predict this can be a downfall for them. We have been there, performed that and worn that t-shirt earlier than, after which within the second half of the season they flip right into a ruthless soccer terminator and simply carry on working to win the title. Man Metropolis’s chef has to vary his menu after Christmas, giving the gamers countless reserves of power or one thing.
But you have a look at the desk and it appears unusual. Not a lot that Villa are above Metropolis, however that Man Utd are solely three factors behind their native rivals. If there’s one factor that exhibits how unusual soccer is, it is that. You suppose you already know the sport, then you definitely see it and understand it is all only a bunch of random crap. I had the nice misfortune of watching United’s recreation towards Chelsea final evening, and to say it was terrible could be a disservice to that phrase. United had been horrible, if Scott McTominay is your finest participant by a ways then one thing is improper. As for Chelsea, what a motley assortment of dimwits and idiots they’ve assembled at extraordinary expense.
I stored a detailed eye on Mykhaylo Mudryk. Whereas I feel Arsenal’s recruitment has improved immensely below Mikel Arteta and Edu, I discover myself questioning their want to spend a lot cash on this man. Maybe with higher teaching and instruction he would have had a special time in North London, however proper now he appears like a bullet we dodged in a giant, massive method. Not least as a result of I am satisfied from watching him play that after about three months Arteta would have determined he is too silly to proceed, and we might all be complaining that Edu cannot promote him as a result of he is frozen is.
Anyway, let’s hope for extra nonsense tonight. If Everton and West Ham might ship an enormous dose of it to their opponents tonight it might be each very satisfying and really humorous, so fingers crossed for that.
Fingers are additionally crossed for Takehiro Tomiyasu, who will miss the approaching weeks by way of damage after scans confirmed a calf damage that can hold him out. It is a disgrace as a result of he performed so effectively, and when you considered the crew you wish to see at away video games at Villa Park and Anfield, he was very confused. We’ll have to attend and see whether or not it is dangerous sufficient to maintain him out of the Asian Cup, however both method, I am certain Mikel Arteta has given his January absence a number of thought.
We now really feel a bit mild on the again, with solely 5 everlasting defenders in 4 positions and with a number of video games. There’s the C-word that scares me once I give it some thought, and we’re not precisely filled with depth in central midfield both. It does make you marvel what they is perhaps occupied with the upcoming switch window, however once more we’ll simply have to attend and see what, if something, will occur.
Okay, I will depart it there for this morning. I am going to take a look at the Premier League desk and scratch my head a bit, however not less than our place is smart to me. See you tomorrow.