Well, the good news is there’s one thing we can be assured of on Monday for the visit of the increasingly desperate Toffeemen; some defensive stability. The boss has revealed that Sol has come through Wednesday with no adverse reaction, and surely now It’s unfeasible he won’t start. Also back is Jens Lehmann, which means the defensive unit that served us so well in our 2003-4 wünder-season is back in place. Small mercies, thank heavens, etc.
Ignoring our away record for a second, we’ve had a tremendous start to our home season with three wins in three, (that’s the spirit), and we need to keep that going. Not so much to hang onto the coat tails of the Russians, but more to imbue a bit (more) belief into the lads. It’s been an odd start to the season – not playing badly, but two losses already.
Should be a cracker: Our opponents have two points to prove really – firstly, to prove last season’s 7-0 was an aberration, and secondly to get the 5-1 Romanian whipping out their system. Personally, I get the feeling they’ll settle for a draw, and their line-up might reflect that.
And finally a word about the brilliant logic of the recent no-smoking ban at Highbury. You can’t light up in your seat anymore – despite the presence of large quantities of fresh air, into which the smoke has a habit of escaping – but you can spark up in the confines of the East Lower concourse, which is, of course, underground, and has become a veritable fug of smoke at half-time. Brilliant, eh?