Afobe set to depart, back in for Cabaye & Germany again!Morning all,
I’ll start with the gossip pages:
Benike Afobe has now returned to full fitness and as we are no longer in the league cup, he’s rumoured to be heading off out on loan. Good, he needs to be playing now and prove whether or not he really has what it takes to challenge for a place in the first team.
The Daily Express report that both us and Liverpool are set to test Newcastle again for Yohan Cabaye in January.
Arsene Wenger has been spilling the beans on how he and his players prepare for night’s like tonight:
Usually we have our last training session here in London the morning the day before the game, and then travel in the afternoon.Lazy devils, a nice lay-in tomorrow morning, lunch and then an afternoon, another snooze before having tea and stickies! Life is tough at the top eh?
Then you have a press conference when you arrive in the city where you play. The next morning you get the players up at around 10am, and we have a pre-match meeting where we talk to the players about the opposition, and what we need to do. Then we have lunch, followed by an afternoon sleep and then tea.
After all of that, they players and manager have a get together to discuss the game plan and then off they go to the stadium where tonight, I hope they get a good job done before heading home as soon as they can after the final whistle.
With Dortmund, Napoli and ourselves all on six points, both sides will be out to take all three points tonight. Napoli are at home to Marseille and I wouldn’t bet against them earning maximum points so the pressure is on.
The weekend saw both us at Dortmund win with ease, the German side played on Friday evening and battered Stuttgart 6-1 and you don’t need me to tell you how things went for us a day later.
So confidence will be high in both teams…
Dortmund are a very good side as we all know and they are managed by a very tactical manager. Arsene Wenger has to at least match him in that department tonight and if it’s heading for a draw, don’t get caught out like we did at home.
Yes we need a win, but more importantly, we cannot afford to lose.
This group of players have been to Germany before and they beat the current Champions League winners on their own turf so they are no strangers to the task ahead.
It’s a huge task as we know, but it’s not unachievable by a long way. We didn’t play our best football during the home fixture against Dortmund and let’s not forget we gifted them their opening goal. If we can raise our game to the kind of standard we witnessed against Napoli and again against Liverpool to name just two, Dortmund will be in for a bit of a shock.
Our away performances have been getting stronger and stronger over the last few months and tonight is a good chance to extend that great run. Also, we are unbeaten in our last four away trips to Germany.
Respect Dortmund of course but don’t fear them!
If Arsene Wenger and his players want these three points bad enough, they’ll come home with them…..
That’s your lot……