Strange Premiership weekend this one – only two Saturday games, and only one at 3pm, so the real action starts today.
And it’s an early start for us, with a home game against the dangerous Sunderland. Anyone who thinks this one will be a canter is sorely mistaken – Keane will be up for this, and will infuse his side with the same fight.
But that isn’t to say they are a fighting team – Sunderland play some decent football, and with Kenwyne Jones they have a forward with real ability.
A win today would mean a perfect section of the season before another tiresome international break. Speaking of the internationals, I won’t even give credence to Blatter’s idea that all domestic teams should have six home nation players in their side. He is desperate to cripple the quality of club football, that man. How such a muppet can be the head of the world of football is beyond me.
But back to the football, and with all the injuries clearing up, we have the potential of a fully fit squad after the break, if we pick up no injuries on international duty. That’s not something we say too often, and would stand us in good stead for the crunch games against Liverpool and United looming on the horizon.
But first, we have to beat Sunderland, to return to the top of league, after United nipped ahead of us with a 4-0 whipping of Wigan. The second half of that match was almost embarrassing for the away side. Time to reclaim the top.
The anti-Usmanov feeling will also be interesting to witness. If you are planning to show your feelings, good on you.
Have fun, Gooners.