And it’s Wenger and out. One imagines they’ll scrape enough points together to finish above Burnley and not begin their Europa League journey just after the final WC whistle goes in Moscow but it’s lovely to see his reign end with a whimper, even though it’s a shame to see it end at all.
Our campaign too is close to just rolling over and giving up, our weary squad have just one more task, to gather enough points to ensure that at least one of Chelski or Liverpool finishes below us in the table.
That process recommences tomorrow when we take on West Brom at the Hawthorns at 3pm. We’ve been a bit unlucky with the Baggies in that we’ve never faced them when either Pulis or Pardew were in charge. Instead Megson’s men got a deserved draw at Wembley and tomorrow Darren Moore will be attempting to motivate his men to continue to attempt to bail water out of a sinking ship, a job he’s managed very ably so far.
Our win over Watford was merited (just about) but it was a pretty poor performance. There’s more than just a bit of zip missing at present. There’s no doubt that the fitness of Kane is part of the problem, not the solution currently. He’s not making the runs, winning and keeping possession nor shooting as regularly as we’re used to. It would be unlike Pochettino to leave him out and save him for a full-blooded thirty minutes post the hour mark so we shouldn’t expect it to happen, even though it must have crossed his mind surely?
Elsewhere, the team picks itself largely though with Dembele doubtful I suspect Wanyama will get a start alongside Dier, a pairing that doesn’t often work well though it has had its moments. Lucas must surely be under consideration.
A fit Rose would play instead of Davies but that’s a rare beast these days. Walker-Peters? Nope.
Given our recent laconic displays I suspect a draw is most likely from this game. 1-1 has been the traditional score of late.
The last thing we need is a loss and a Chelsea win what with the promise of a Benitez technical masterclass coming up next Wednesday so let’s hope the team have enough about them to keep it going for another couple of weeks before they all (apart from Davies & Moura probably) head off to Russia.
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