It’s been quite a while since my last post, in that time we’ve played three, won two and drawn one. If there’s one thing that defines Arsenal at the moment its inconsistency. Against Palace we were by far the worse of the two teams and were lucky to get a point. That was on the Monday, fast forward to Friday and we played Villa off the park. The performances were so radically different it was almost impressive. Then on Tuesday we played Leeds off the park with a second string team and although it was “only” the League Cup it means we go into tomorrow with something very important. Momentum.
Momentum turns losses into draws and draws into wins. The team feel like their in sync and on a roll and that means they play with freedom and confidence. Tomorrow however looks to be an extremely tough test. After an indifferent start Leicester have strung a couple of wins together and seem to have found their form in front of goal. Our record at the King Power also isn’t the best despite winning there last season. If we’re to take anything from the game the players will need to be at their best to ensure that we carry this momentum into the busy winter period which over the next few weeks includes trips to Anfield and Old Trafford.
The news coming out of the camp is that a stomach bug has been doing the rounds, impacting Ben White and Pablo Mari who was completely unavailable on Tuesday. Keiran Tierney is fighting to be fit for tomorrow and although it hasn’t been confirmed I suspect it will come too soon for him which will likely mean a second Premier League start for Nuno Tavares who impressed me against Aston Villa. Tomorrow however I think it will be a much bigger ask. We certainly have enough quality to hurt them and take 3 points back to North London but our record away this year has been patchy. Now is a good time to put that right ahead of two massive away trips in the coming weeks.
That’s your lot for today, short and sweet. As always I’ll see some of you at Leicester.