The boys are back in London and are ready to go out on the pitch again. The warm weather training in UAE a couple of days ago seems to have done the team a world of good because there seems to be a good mood around the Emirates and we'll be needing a lot of that kind of positive energy in our home game against Newcastle United.
The game tomorrow kickstarts a run of "kind" fixtures that are all very winnable; it's all about application, intent and drive to achieving our goal. Speaking of the game, there is some good news coming from the Physios as it was confirmed that Kolasinac is back in for contention. The left back situation at Arsenal took a toll for the worst against Burnley when our makeshift option, Bukayo Sako limped off the pitch. Having Kola back is a real boost for the team going forward.
The feel-good factor hasn't really transmitted to me though. I'm still very skeptical about the upcoming matches because in recent years, "winnable" situations like these turn out to be season-ending moments. I'll be on the edge of my seat from start to finish of the game.
Our next opponents are no pushovers, as they currently sit 12th in the league and are equal in points with us. Getting victory will be a very difficult task and I expect a compact and defensive team that will try to hit us on the break. They're mathematically 9 points away from "safety", so taking one point at the Emirates will surely be a good result for them.
We've really struggled in creating clear cut chances this season and that is evident in our awful goal difference that's currently at -2. If the boys play to their strengths, we ought to come out of this game with 3 points and hopefully get 2 or 3 goals but with Arsenal, you never know. Until we meet again, up the Arsenal