What better tonic for the blunt-shooting Gunners than a Milk Cup outing, I ask? We canâ€™t score for toffee, so letâ€™s try to score against them, I say.
At stake is a place in the quarter-finals, but letâ€™s make no bones about it – and those of us who endured the league game against them at the Haemorrhoids will agree – this wonâ€™t be easy.
That said, putting out a youthful side is the right approach if you ask me. Wenger has said that Fabregas is knackered, and on Sundayâ€™s showing, heâ€™s not the only one who could do with a midweek off, especially with Lâ€™pool on Sunday. Weâ€™ve got bags of talent waiting in the wings, and they need match practise. Whoever invented the Milk Cup probably didnâ€™t have this in mind, but itâ€™s the best possible platform for wannabe first-team and fringe first-team players to show their mettle.
Besides, putting out a stronger team does not guarantee success â€“ last nightâ€™s match at Saafend being the finest example.
So shooting boots on, lads, and chins up â€“ oh, and Le Boss, should we concede a goal, take a deep breath and count to ten if the opposition manager does a passable impression of the wild man of Borneo.