It’s been confirmed that Arsenal will be without the services of Hector Bellerin and Alexis Sanchez, two of our main starters this season. Bellerin looks like he’s out for a few weeks with an ankle injury, while Alexis apparently has a hamstring problem – meaning he won’t be back any time soon.
Arsenal have been playing well recently but stuttered against Tottenham at home last weekend, where we put in a somewhat subdued performance. No we have injuries to two of our most important players – so is this the start of our collapse?
There is always a time in the season, usually around November where we drop points and lose ground in the title race. Our first game back after the International break is at Old Trafford which could prove to be our season defining game.
Win and there’s confidence that we can actually challenge this season – but a defeat would mean the same old story and the belief that the best we can achieve is a Top 4 position once again.
It’s a game I am really worried about for several reasons. Firstly, it’s Old Trafford. Apart from the FA Cup game a couple of season ago, we haven’t won there in ages. And generally speaking, when we have lost there it seems to have sucked all the life out of us, affected our performances in the games following on from that match. Secondly, it’s Jose Mourinho. We all know what a sneaky cunt he is and tactically, he’ll have us sussed out. He also has a knack of shitting on your parade and we all know what he did to Liverpool with Chelsea, that season where the Merseysiders were favourites for the title.
The Manchester United game is one where I would love a win so so much but reluctantly accept that if we leave with a draw then it would be a miracle.