In case you hadn’t noticed, there’s a game tonight, the small matter of Celtic coming to town, hopefully to leave with their tails between their legs as we swan on into the group stages of the Champions League.
If only it were that easy.
2-0 lead or no 2-0 lead, it would be beyond foolish to treat tonight’s game as a mere annoyance ahead of United on Saturday. Wenger knows it, too:
“It’s not job done, it’s job to do. That’s how I approach it. There’s a job to do and to finish”
And that’s absolutely right. If the tie was delicately poised, we could expect a cagey game, with Celtic trying to counter attack while we perhaps pick them off. But coming from a two goal deficit, they have nothing to lose and will come out of the blocks flying, hoping to catch us protecting ourselves for the weekend. To do so would be exceptionally risky.
There is no way we should go out tonight. But if Celtic are rewarded with an early goal, it would be us full of nerves from then on.
Of course, if we score an early goal, we probably could relax, and although tonight’s game is critical, allowing players to stay fresh for the weekend would be a bonus. I expect the defence to be at full strength, but perhaps the likes of Arshavin and Van Persie could be given a breather. Keep it tight and go from there.
For updates tonight, check out Twitter, and as for a prediction, I’m going to go with a 2-1 victory.
Come on you reds.