The Gunners visit Brisbane Road: One more knockout punch please
Sundays are extremely hot in Owerri. Today’s Sun is no different.
As a team that’s still in the “quad”, the fixtures will be coming quickly from one competition to another.
AW the Alchemist and his triumphant heroes are taking a new transition from the splendour of Europe’s elite club competition to the only competition that was played by Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubbles. Fat ol’ Freddy was probably the captain of Bedrock FC.
The Gunners could actually trek to Brisbane Road from the Emirates. It’s just 5.7 miles. “Just”…..who I’m I kidding?
We will arrive in Leyton Orient’s home ground still basking from our Earth saving win against the BarcAliens.
AW the Alchemist has called for “focus”. It will be extremely embarrassing if our FA Cup adventure ends in the hands of Leyton Orient. Besides, “quad” sounds better than “treble”.
We have been quite complacent against clubs in “lower” leagues in cup football this season. Super Fab saved our Red and White arses with coolly slotted penalties against Leeds and Huddersfield Town. Ipswich fans went into Carling Spoon orgasm when that Tamas Prisker bloke scored the lone goal in that Carling Spoon semi.
I’m pretty sure that if the Ipswich fans had the opportunity to appeal to the FA to make the Carling Spoon semis a single tie, there would have been a million and one petitions.
Leyton Orient doesn’t have the history books on their side. Since AW the Alchemist took over at the helm of affairs in Arsenal FC in September ’96, he hasn’t lost to a “lower league” side in this competition. I don’t see it happening any time soon.
He had a few words to say to the media Vultures.
He says,”We always try to prepare properly, that gives you a guarantee to be at a certain level but, of course, it does not guarantee that you qualify.
“This is the charm of the game. To be successful in the end, you need to go through in these kinds of matches. It is a mental test of how much we want to win. If you want to win, you have to play well at Orient.
“We have had reports of their games and we watched them a little bit against MK Dons. They have a good left back and they have a striker who looks dangerous, Alex Revell. So you see we always look after our opponent.
“To be fair I have had no time [since Barcelona to find out about Orient]. We watched 30 minutes of the first half against MK Dons and I will watch the rest this afternoon.”
These words show the wisdom of AW the Alchemist. Just like Leonidas in 300, he still keeps his head level headed while his “children” have been reveling in the defeat of the enemy Aliens.
Despite being the tactician-in-chief of Arsenal FC, he took out little to study Leyton Orient to know that they have an evil left back and a “dangerous” striker. Now I’m scared….Oooou!
For the playing squad, I expect massive changes because some of our players are in dire need of rest. The game against Stoke comes up in just 3 days so it would be preferable to play “fresh” players.
For the playing squad, I expect our loyal “silent” goalie to start in goal. I hope he keeps a clean sheet though. I was quite disappointed that Huddersfield scored a goal in our turf. He still pulled up a magnificent save that rolled back the years in that game.
Eboue should continue at right back. I believe that Sagna should be rested for this tie. Gibbsy hasn’t still reconciled with his physio girlie so he’ll start ahead of Clichy tomorrow.
We all know that Djourou is fit again but I feel that Sebastien Squillaci will pair up with Koscielny. I hope Squillaci does better this time. His pairing with Kos100%tackle this season has been disastrous. Their best pairing came in the 1-1 draw against Sunderland. Their last pairing saw the older Frenchie see red.
In the holding midfield role, Abou Diaby will still be out due to suspension therefore Denilson will get another chance to show his stuff. His “stuff” involves short passing, short passing and……more short passing. I forgot to add that he’ll probably get a shot or two. He’ll probably be partnered by Abel Xavier Cisse Song.
Alex can actually be removed from “Abel Xavier”…Figures.
TR7 will probably wear the band and play behind the front three. We all know that he scored his first goal since the Big Bang against Croatia. I pray that he gets on the score sheet tomorrow. I’m sure that AW the Alchemist will run into the pitch to celebrate with him.
The attacking trio will be taken by the Wald Bezt Bendtner, Chamakh and AA23. Nasri, Walcott and rVp will be more than happy to enjoy the view from the dugout.
My expected line up should be
A victory against Leyton Orient will put us in the FA Cup quarter finals. The main threats to us in this competition are those Manchesterians….If there’s a word like that.
I hope that they get paired in the quarters.
The “false” pride of London were knocked out yesterday in their home turf against Everton. The final penalty kick was taken by Phil Devil.
While I was drinking beer to their demise, I checked my favourite social networking application to find another “anti-Chelsea” fan there. Our very own Wojciech Szczesny
“@53Szczesny53: The FA cup at its very best! Love watching penalties 🙂 C’mon Everton!!!”
“@53Szczesny53: Is it a bird? Is it an aeroplane? No, its just ashley throwing chelsea out of the fa cup :)”
It would have been really cool if we sat down side by side with cold bottles of Guinness in our hands while watching the game. At least, we were together on Twitter.
He even took out time to congratulate our youngling who’s out on loan at Norwich.
“@53Szczesny53: Well done @henri_lansbury for scoring again for Norwich. He’s a great player and will be very important for Arsenal when he comes back.
It’s good to see that our Gunners are one big family on Twitter and in reality.
As always, my tweets of the day
“@arseblog: £7.5m for Bebe – now that’s something that should be investigated by Interpol.”
“@WonderGunner: Roses are red, CHELSEA IS BLUE, My Grandma can take better spot kicks than you #Cashley”
@REDactionAFC: Cheers Cashley. Couldn’t happen to a nicer bloke! Haha
Poor ol’ Cashley Cuntly Cole. At least he was man enough not to shed tears although the next taunt from any player or fan alike would have warranted a big bucket being brought. My fondest memory of an “enemy” of Arsenal crying was seeing Cristiano Ronaldo cry like an overgrown baby when eventual Euro 04′ winners Greece ousted Portugal in the semis of that tourney.
I’m off to church to say a little prayer for Rosicky. I would really love to see AW the Alchemist run into the pitch.
Here’s to a better blog post tomorrow.