If Arsene Wenger was not signed by the Arsenal regime to take over as manager of the club in the middle of the 90’s, there can be no argument who is the best ever manager of Arsenal Football Club. Since Wenger took over the role, he has of course propelled us to another level both on the field and off the field. However, Arsenal today owe its standing in the world due to the innovative ideas of Herbert Chapman.
Chapman was the one who got the council to rename the tube station to Arsenal. He was the one who instructed lightings to be erected at Highbury to enable night matches to be played. There are so many other revolutionary ideas that Chapman has brought not only to Arsenal but to the world of football. Coincidentally, he was the manager of Huddersfield before moving to Arsenal. That team is the one who we must beat tonight to progress to the Fifth Round of the FA Cup.
I will not act like I know a lot about the opposition. I know only 2 things with respect to that club in the current climate. That their current manager is Lee Clark, ex-Newcastle midfielder and our young striker, Benik Afobe is on loan this season with them. That will be the entire knowledge that I have on the existing side. Hopefully that knowledge won’t increase after tonight simply because that means that Arsenal will win handsomely. If we struggle, I’m sure to pick up a further couple of names who denied us.
As we learned yesterday, there will be a few returnees to face the League One side. With the visit of Everton just 48 hours away, Wenger has no choice but to rotate his squad. Massive changes are expected and with respect with the opponent, even with those changes, we should be winning this one. Here’s who I think will play;
Which would mean only 2 players were retained from the one that helped us qualified for the final of the Carling Cup. Of course, the likes of Alex Song, Samir Nasri and Theo Walcott could be involved since they collectively they only played 12 minutes of the semifinal second leg. However, I would very much prefer for these few to be on the bench and only be call upon when absolutely needed.
Another possible change would be Ignasi Miquel for Laurent Koscielny. I know it will be a massive game for the young Spaniard if chosen. However, a home tie against a side 2 division lower would be a very good début match for him. Together with Johan Djourou, Koscielny has played a lot of consecutive games. Between the both, the French centreback is far fitter and looks the likelier to play.
I guess there is nothing else to be added to this. Regardless of who Wenger puts in to play, I would be very disappointed to see a replay, let alone us not winning the game. A good win with a couple of goals in the bag would do justice to a man that we should celebrate today, Herbert Chapman, a man that is well ahead of his time.