Ancelotti expects Gomes to be available to face Gunners

Tuesday, 18 February, 2020 67comments  |  Jump to last

André Gomes is in line to complete his remarkable recovery from a potentially devastating fractured ankle when Everton travel to Arsenal on Sunday.

The Portuguese came through a 60-minute, 11-a-side practice match at Finch Farm and Carlo Ancelotti says that he anticipates having him available for selection for this weekend's Premier League clash at the Emirates.

It's a little over 100 days since the stricken Gomes had to be stretchered off the Goodison Park pitch with his leg broken clean at the ankle following a rash challenge by Tottenham's Son Hueng-Min that initially resulted in a sending off for the South Korean but the red card was later rescinded by the Football Association.

At the time, it was feared that, at the very least, Gomes's season was over and there was the possibility that the injury might threaten his career but a successful operation to pin the bones together and then patient work to rehabilitate the ligaments has resulted in the midfielder returning to fitness much earlier than initially expected.

Ancelotti says that not only is Gomes ready to be named in the squad but he suggests it might be better in terms of mental preparation that he start against the Gunners.

“He did well [in the practice match]. He played comfortably and without any problems and he is available, in my opinion, to play,” Ancelotti told evertontv.

“Of course, I have to speak to him about how he feels after playing his first game following a long time out. My personal opinion is he is ready to play.

“When a player has been out for a long period, I think it is better to start the game. He can prepare properly, [rather] than to put him on from the bench.

“But I have to speak to him and together we can find a solution.”

 

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Jerome Shields
1 Posted 18/02/2020 at 23:47:27
Simple: after Sigurdsson's performance in the last game, Ancelotti wants someone else in midfield.
Tom Barton
2 Posted 18/02/2020 at 23:58:21
Maybe, may be not.

Biggest thing, me being a dick, is a quality player listening to a quality manager. We have not had this for many years.

Jamie Crowley
3 Posted 19/02/2020 at 00:20:54
Oh, the irony.

Spurs announce H-K Son is lost for the season. Within a day or so, Everton announce André Gomes will be available for this weekend.

Mike Jones
4 Posted 19/02/2020 at 01:11:03
Jamie @3. Son can go fuck himself. I trust Ancelotti and Gomes to agree the right time for a return. Two consummate professionals.
Mike Gaynes
5 Posted 19/02/2020 at 01:27:57
Jamie, Karma is a bitch.
Kieran Kinsella
6 Posted 19/02/2020 at 01:34:32
I'm just a bit nervous. So often players come back and get some kind of a niggle after a long injury. But, if he is sound of mind and body, we will have to take the risk at some point. I just hope he comes through unscathed. A good performance would be a bonus.
Ed Prytherch
7 Posted 19/02/2020 at 01:45:22
Mike, you beat me to the comment.

I don't like Spurs or their chairman or their fans or their manager or most of their players. I am happy that Son is out for a while and hopefully when we play them.

Jamie Crowley
8 Posted 19/02/2020 at 03:18:43
Mike @4 -
I couldn't agree more.

Mike @5 -
I couldn't agree more.

This is very encouraging:

Link

Did anyone else see this guy's leg/ankle turn in the wrong direction? How in the world is Andre playing? Seriously. It's absolutely amazing.

I hope he scores the winner at Goodison against Man Utd. The roar will be deafening. Bedlam.

Alan J Thompson
9 Posted 19/02/2020 at 03:20:06
Mr Ancelotti and the club's Doctors would know a lot more than I do but I'd have thought that the headline is a shortened version of being available to be considered for the bench — although there would be an argument, without sounding like two bob each way, that being ready for one is being ready for the other.
Liam Reilly
10 Posted 19/02/2020 at 07:22:05
Great news but I'd be astonished if he started the game.

There's a difference between being fit and being match-fit and he may have to do a lot of work without the ball on Sunday.

John Keating
11 Posted 19/02/2020 at 08:18:48
Even getting 20 minutes would be a great achievement, building his match fitness up. Then 2 or 3 games on the subs bench and hopefully no adverse effects.

We will need him and the rest of the squad to put 12 cup finals in if we want a European spot.

Christy Ring
12 Posted 19/02/2020 at 09:06:34
To even have him on the bench, is a huge plus. He's the best midfielder we have, and we are so weak in that area, against palace Sigurdsson couldn't wait to get rid of the ball, and totally anonymous.
Ray Smith
13 Posted 19/02/2020 at 09:13:57
Do you remember when Seamus came back from that horrific injury, he played the full 90 mins!

I hope the medical people responsible for allowing that are no longer with us or have learnt their lesson.

I trust Carlo to do the right thing with Andre. We need him to be available for the rest of the season, not out with minor niggles/injuries.

Sam Hoare
14 Posted 19/02/2020 at 09:14:07
Not sure Sunday would be the best game for him. We will have a lot of defending to do and that’s not his strong point. Could see Carlo starting with Schneiderlin, who to be fair to a player I loathe has been decent lately, and Delph.
Niall McIlhone
15 Posted 19/02/2020 at 09:19:56
Great, just bloomin' great. Now let's see an Everton team beat Arsenal at the Emirates playing as we did that marvellous day in the snow when we had Landon Donovan on loan, and on fire, and Stevie Pienaar scored that delicious chip goal only for us to concede a late and undeserved equaliser (Rosicky, I think?) to snatch a 2-2 draw from the jaws of what should have been an impressive win.
Gomes is a class act, a win on Sunday with him somehow involved would give the team a massive boost for the challenging games to follow.
Daniel A Johnson
16 Posted 19/02/2020 at 09:20:32
Jamie Crowley there is a god! Son out for the season I raised a glass and a smile to that one. He should have been locked up.
Daniel A Johnson
17 Posted 19/02/2020 at 09:22:01
He said he's available doesn't mean he will play, I expect a few 30min cameos maybe.
Stephen Brown
18 Posted 19/02/2020 at 09:22:48
Gomes to get the winner?

I’m actually nervous for the first time in a while. Fourth is on if we’ve got the balls to take it?

Why not now?

Tony Abrahams
19 Posted 19/02/2020 at 09:35:10
I think Delph, is an important player in this type of game Sam, although I not sure many would agree!

I think it’s a minor miracle Gomes is available but I’m not sure he will not get on the pitch unless we are a couple of goals down though.

That’s the last thing we want, because if we can get a result on Sunday, then it might just be the biggest confidence boost the team have had all season, and would really set us up for The Mancs, the following week.

Dave Williams
20 Posted 19/02/2020 at 09:45:12
We have to trust the medical boys who have seen him every day. I watched the clips of the training game and he looked fine – quick mind, decent quick passing and nearly scored, plus a foul about thirty yards from his own goal!!

It will be marvellous to see him back whenever it is – seems like the type of guy we want at our club.

Steve Ferns
21 Posted 19/02/2020 at 09:49:27
I think you guys missed what Carlo Ancelotti said: "In my opinion with a player who has been out a long time, it is better for them to start the match, because you can prepare properly". So, expect him to start and be taken off early. Whether that start is Arsenal remains to be seen.

Tony, Delph, like Schneiderlin is much maligned. If we are to win then we need Schneiderlin and Delph at their very best, counter balancing Iwobi and Bernard in the 4-2-2-2 formation that Ancelotti favours.

Niasse looked very sharp in that training game (wearing Royal Blue and #7) as did Iwobi. I think Iwobi will start for sure.

Ray Roche
22 Posted 19/02/2020 at 10:14:11
Niall @15,

We out-played, out-passed and out-fought Arsenal that day. I think that both of their goals were deflected. It was yet another game when the footballing Gods laughed at us.

Jay Wood
[BRZ]

23 Posted 19/02/2020 at 11:19:17
I think the best performance at Arsenal in recent years without recording that elusive win was in Roberto Martinez's first season, the game after Oviedo baby won us our first game at Old Trafford in yonks.

We out-Arsenaled Arsenal in the first half. I was laughing with glee just how well we were playing. We were superb and we really looked to be onto something.

They got a goal around the hour mark - Ozil, maybe? - totally against the run of play. Deulofeu came on and scored a very sweet equaliser to draw the game 1-1.

Christy Ring
24 Posted 19/02/2020 at 12:00:06
I don't rate Delph. Having said that, he's a huge improvement on Sigurdsson in midfield, but against Watford, okay, he was harshly sent off but Capoue and Doucoure we're dominating midfield; he was lost but, even with 10 men, when Holgate went to midfield, we were a different team and he won all the battles.
Andrew Merrick
25 Posted 19/02/2020 at 12:45:25
Jay 23, was that the game where Gary Neville was purring at half-time that Everton looked like Barcelona? It was an exceptional first half, I recall, a bit out of the blue...
James Flynn
26 Posted 19/02/2020 at 13:05:06
Outplayed the Gunners in the snow, Landon's first game. They scored two goals past Howard on deflections and we drew 2-2.
Jay Wood
[BRZ]

27 Posted 19/02/2020 at 13:06:03
Probably, Andrew. We were absurdly good. I recall Wenger on the sidelines in that permanent pose of flapping outstretched arms and exasperated look he was prone to when things weren't going well for his team.

They couldn't lay a glove on us.

Jay Wood
[BRZ]

28 Posted 19/02/2020 at 13:11:26
Different game James. We were good that day, too.

Landon's corner for Ossie (?) to score. Pienaar's wonderful solo run and chip looked to have won it for us. Deflected equaliser deep into injury time as you say off that Aussie centre back who briefly appeared for us. Can't recall his name.

Tony Abrahams
29 Posted 19/02/2020 at 13:11:43
This is why I can’t see us moving up the table Christy, because of that very key position in the middle of the park mate?

If Moise Kean, plays up-front, (he’s got to be settling now?) then playing Richarlison would make us stronger on one flank, then Bernard, Walcott or Iwobi, might be able to share a 60/30 minute role on the other flank, to keep us competitive?

This still leaves the middle of the park, and it’s a very big pitch for two players, especially players without much athleticism, which is why it’s such a big problem for us right now.

Gomes, will make us play quicker I’m sure, which is definitely what we need because it’s the only real way to put teams on the back foot, but this is something Ancellotti needs to work out in the long-term, and it’s why I’m still concerned about this team, especially away from Goodison Pk.

Daniel A Johnson
30 Posted 19/02/2020 at 13:26:06
Jay Wood — at times under Martinez, we really did play some good stuff in that first season. Why do you think it unravelled for him?
Mark Guglielmo
31 Posted 19/02/2020 at 13:36:34
Andre, Carlo, the coaching staff, and the medical team all know a lot more than we do. If they say he's good to go, I trust that he's good to go.

Maybe this is just me, but I'd prefer he just start and get out there. IMO, it would be much harder warming up to come into a game, and trying to adjust to in-game momentum, than it would be to simply start.

In Carlo (and Andre) we trust.

Rob Marsh
32 Posted 19/02/2020 at 13:39:23
Jay Wood #23,

That Man Utd game had a real almost cup final feel/tingle to it, awesome game... and the Arsenal one was sublime, the passing and movement.

However, in the cold light of day, that Man Utd side was there for the taking and the form we were in, a win was fair result.

Arsenal play an open attacking game and were always going to give us room to do our stuff.

It was ultimately a false dawn from a manager with no interest in a Plan B; we were figured out by one and all quite quickly and they were ready for us next time around.

Tony Abrahams
33 Posted 19/02/2020 at 13:45:14
Not my question, Daniel A, but I think it was because we qualified for Europe, because the manager totally changed after this imo.

If his possession-based football bored some fans, then it got a lot worse once his team also began trying to conserve energy once they had got a decent lead, and I think this was why the fans started booing the tactics at home to QPR, and must have also made his players start questioning his methods.

Jay Wood
[BRZ]

34 Posted 19/02/2020 at 15:47:55
Rob @ 32. Re: those back-to-back games and performances v United and Arsenal in Martinez's first season:

"It was ultimately a false dawn from a manager with no interest in a Plan B; we were figured out by one and all quite quickly and they were ready for us next time around."

If you are saying we were figured out within that same season, you are completely wrong.

Those away games were in November-December time. Come the spring in the reverse fixtures at Goodison we beat United 2-0 (the Grim Reaper in the crowd game that proved prophetic: Moyes was sacked as United's manager days after the defeat) and absolutely twatted Arsenal 3-0 (Martinez clearly instructed Lukaku to play wider and attack their right back from which a goal came from and Lukaku ran and leapt into Martinez's arms after scoring in acknowledgement that the tactic worked).

It is often mistakenly recalled that our form collapsed in the run in. Yes, we had poor defeats at home to Palace and away to Southampton (two own goals in a 2-0 loss), plus a defeat that far too many Blues for my liking welcomed at home to City which helped deny 'Slippy Steve' and his team the title.

Otherwise, the record for our last 12 games reads:

P 12 W 9 D 0 L 3 F 27 A 13 Pts 27 (out of a possible 36) GD + 14

Replicating that form in the remaining 12 fixtures of this season would put us on an extremely healthy 63 points and give us a serious shout at the 4th/5th places which could qualify us for CL football.

If, however Rob, you mean Roberto's 2nd season when you say 'next time around', I don't think it was so much as other teams figuring us out, as Roberto going away from many things he did so well in his first season.

Whilst possession was always a keystone in his strategy, in his first season transition from back to front was much more incisive and rapid. In his second season, it was much more ponderous and predictable. This constantly allowed teams to reset and easily repel us, similar to how things were for a great many games under Silva.

By his own admission and that of the players, Roberto didn't help himself or the team by giving proper attention to the grungier side of football: defending.

I guess the above opinion kinda answers your question @ 30, Daniel.

Rob Marsh
35 Posted 19/02/2020 at 15:55:09
Jay Wood #34

Jay, I said "next time around", which basically meant next season, although towards the end of the first season there were signs that teams were starting to adapt to our game.

Jay Wood
[BRZ]

36 Posted 19/02/2020 at 16:06:21
Rob, I know you did. That's why I covered both possible readings of your ambiguous words in my own post.

I would contest your claim that 'there were signs that teams were starting to adapt to our game' in Roberto's 1st season, based on our form in the closing 12 fixtures as I shared, a third of the season. That included 7 straight wins at one time.

The Palace defeat was down to Roberto trying to be too cute and gungho with an overly attacking formation. We were poor at Southampton, but still only lost to a couple of bizarre own goals. The City game we took the lead with that season's goal of the season, the exquisite Barkley strike, which bizarrely was met by groans with some fans who wanted us to lose that day.

Nine out of 12 wins - and some of them by very handsome margins, as the +14 goal difference indicates in those 12 games - is not evidence of us being found out as you claim, IMO.

The following season is a different story, as already mentioned.

Dave Williams
37 Posted 19/02/2020 at 16:28:17
Jay #28 – Lucas Neill?
Jay Wood
[BRZ]

38 Posted 19/02/2020 at 17:04:10
Yo da man, Dave!

Lucas Neil. Dats da man I was thinking of.

Steve Ferns
39 Posted 19/02/2020 at 17:27:16
Roberto Martinez had a good first XI. Things unravelled because we didn't / couldn't replace them when they left (Distin) or succumbed to long term injuries (McCarthy).

There is a lot to be said for momentum and confidence in football which go hand in hand. Just look at the Leicester side that won the Premier League. Now the dust has settled on that side, how many of their players were ones you'd consider for other top sides? Kante, Mahrez, and Vardy for sure. But the rest, like Albrighton, Drinkwater or Simpson, no they weren't that good. But with momentum and confidence, and a little luck, they were able to reach the level that got the title.

When the momentum goes against you, you lose the confidence and you have bad luck, then the same players can look poor. If Moshiri has given Martinez the money to spend at the end of that first, two years before he came in, then what would have happened?

Tony Abrahams
40 Posted 19/02/2020 at 17:45:06
Seriously Steve? He fell out with Distin, and I stopped travelling away to see Everton, during Martinez second season because Everton stopped playing with any real urgency, which was definitely down to the manager.

Remember one of his last games at Wembley, when Jagielka was shouting to Barkley, they are not booing you? That wasn't down to momentum, that was down to bad coaching and no leadership amongst the players to break rank but, once they did, Man Utd were very lucky to beat us in that game

Jay Harris
41 Posted 19/02/2020 at 17:52:45
Steve,

We were already starting to unravel towards the end of Martinez's first season. We were nailed on for 4th and ended up 5th because of a poor run in.

Martinez inherited a very solid and organized side, especially defensively, but then his new tactics started to get found out and we never recovered.

Steve Ferns
42 Posted 19/02/2020 at 17:54:44
Tony, Distin was done. He was 36 or 37 and finally he’d lost his pace. Did he even play for Bournemouth? We didn’t replace him. Sure Martinez brought Alcatraz or whatever he was called and he was dreadful.

As for booing the side, short memories Tony. That first season, 72 points has only been bettered a few times in Everton’s history, yet so many dismiss it as a fluke. A European Quarter final has been bettered once in our history. Two cup semi-finals in one season, again once in our history.

So many dismiss Martinez as a fraud, but just watch him. He’s still young enough to fulfil the potential he has. Possession based football is well past it’s peak in popularity now, so you’ll see what he’s made of in his next club job.

Sorry Jay, if it’s as simple as that, Moyes would have beaten 72 points. He couldn’t even beat 65, despite being there 11 seasons. You don’t fluke 72 points. And as pointed out above, it didn’t unravel first season at all. Believe that all you want but you won’t convince me.

Mike Gaynes
43 Posted 19/02/2020 at 18:01:53
Steve #39, I would choose a different word for that Leicester club -- chemistry. That was the most cohesive, universally committed side I've seen in the Prem since Arsenal 2004. Ranieri created alchemy in that bunch, which as you point out really didn't have the talent usually required for a title. That sort of magic doesn't last, but they made it for one full season, which was amazing.

We glimpsed that magic with Roberto, but only for a half, maybe a game or two at a time. The glimpses were all the more maddening because they showed the possibilities -- which Roberto could not ultimately achieve because he was no alchemist. I'm not sure more money would have made much of a difference.

I will be VERY interested to see what he accomplishes in his next club post, if he ever takes one again. To me he is the ideal national team manager, as he has shown for Belgium, and I think if he's wise he will stick to that level and not go back to any league. He lacks the organizational skills.

By the way, one curious fact about Distin... as his brief sojourn at Bournemouth wrapped up, the last league game he ever started was against us (November 2015) and the last professional match he ever started was, again, against us (FA Cup, February 2016).

Joe McMahon
44 Posted 19/02/2020 at 19:29:30
This seems impossible!? Not sure I want him to be risked.
Ian Jones
45 Posted 19/02/2020 at 21:30:38
Just another point to add to the remarks made above about the Leicester title squad. They also had a reasonably settled squad, the back 4 plus goalie were essentially the same throughout the season and they had a manager who knew the dark arts of defending.
Daniel Thomas
46 Posted 19/02/2020 at 21:49:36
How do people not get it?

Martinez's first season was exceptional and Ancelotti will do well to get anywhere near that points total next season.

He will also have done very well if we play football anywhere near the quality we demonstrated in periods throughout that season.

Ultimately, it didn't work out with Bobby Brown shoes, but let's not rewrite history. As Jay W has calmly & clearly articulated, our form did not really drop off, we just messed up a couple of games.

Tony Abrahams
47 Posted 19/02/2020 at 21:56:55
Last 16 we got in Europe, under Martinez, Steve, and although I liked Roberto, he was like an Italian tank, after his first very good season at our club.

We lost to Man City in the other semis, and I blamed his sub at the Ethiad, which helped hand City the game, when he left Lennon on the bench and replaced Delafoue with Kone, who offered no protection to Stones playing full-back, and Sterling started killing us – helped by that fella in the middle who fuckin' hates us, Twatkinson.

Booing was not about short memories either, but more about getting short-changed. But that's just my own opinion. Steve, and slowly Roberto, was taking us backwards.

Christy Ring
48 Posted 19/02/2020 at 22:10:51
I agree with Steve, Barry and McCarthy together, we're immense until Macca's hamstring gave way, due to being overplayed, and spending big on Lukaku was a master stroke, but with no more funds, and our bench so poor, it fell apart.
Tom Bowers
49 Posted 19/02/2020 at 22:53:16
Like most others, I wouldn't rush him back just yet when it's not absolutely vital. They want him for the long term and should use him sparingly until they are sure he is completely 100%.

I think Carlo Ancelotti has managed to energize the team in certain areas and, although they have quite a ways to go, they seem to be headed in the right direction.

Robert Tressell
50 Posted 19/02/2020 at 23:01:52
I love the fact that Martinez had a vision and ambition. Assembling Stones, Lukaku, Deulofeu and Barkley and surrounding them with a decent support cast. The bench was pretty lousy, true, but we played brilliant football and began to believe. So sad it fell apart.

Martinez wasn't quite as good as he believed and the lack of funds couldn't quite kick us on. Irony is we've got plenty of dosh now but not allowed to spend it.

Following that same kind of ambition with Holgate, Richarlison, Kean and a few others remains a very sound plan. Ancelotti has helped restore some faith.

Mike Gaynes
51 Posted 19/02/2020 at 23:19:29
Robert #50, you said it better than I did. Roberto was, and is, an excellent coach. He recognizes talent, develops it well and uses it well on the pitch.

The problem is that his strategic vision begins and ends within the lines. Managing a club, with all the non-game aspects, is beyond his skill set.

He could steer Belgium into a World Cup final, and I can easily see him managing Spain or France in the future. But if he goes out of that lane, he's gonna crash again.

Don Alexander
52 Posted 19/02/2020 at 23:43:19
I believe no other manager gets close to exceeding Martinez's record of suffering massive hammerings regardless of the club he was manager of, year after year after year. It happened to us too. He was a bullshitter par excellence, end of.
Tony Hill
53 Posted 19/02/2020 at 00:01:41
The 2-3 Palace game was a killer because we lost crucial momentum after setting ourselves up so well to get 4th. I knew that night we’d blown it. Martinez was outthought by Pulis.

Jeff Spiers
54 Posted 20/02/2020 at 07:34:14
Enjoy the break, Son.
Eddie Dunn
55 Posted 20/02/2020 at 08:39:24
There is surely a big difference between a practice game amongst your clubmates at Finch Farm, where everyone knows to be a little careful with you, and a full-blooded Premier League game where any weaknesses are ruthlessly exposed.

I hope this is simply a bit of kiddology to keep Arsenal guessing about our midfield.

Franny Porter
56 Posted 20/02/2020 at 09:24:35
A lot of rose tinted glasses remembering Roberto here.

I liked him, he seemed a nice fella, but THAT derby, the one before the semi final was the worst Everton performance I have ever, ever seen.

He should have been sacked for that alone.

Conor McCourt
57 Posted 20/02/2020 at 10:29:13
Steve 42-Absolutely brilliant post.

Tony 40- This is one of my pet hates and I'm glad Mike pointed out what a great coach Martinez is. He was criticised by our fans and Barkley's bullshit fostered the myth that we were poorly coached.
Not one player from our exciting young team improved from Roberto. They played under Conte,Mourinho,Guardiola,Enrique,Sarri and others yet not one got better, not fucking one. As Jay says defensively he wasn't the greatest but his ability to improve players is undeniable as most of that team played their best football under him.

Tony 47-I feel the City defeat was solely down to Atkinson. They were a great side but had done nothing until that goal which gave them total impetus. Up until then we were in relative control and were brilliant on the night.

Martin Nicholls
58 Posted 20/02/2020 at 13:26:55
Mike#43 - funny you should mention those Bournemouth games as I've just had a phone alert to say the second of them was four years ago today. I went to both of those games - haven't been there since as this is the one and only away game I don't qualify for, ironically because Bournemouth was the one away credit I failed to get in the next (and consequently following) season(s)!
Didn't know the point you made about Distin's last starts.
Jim Harrison
59 Posted 20/02/2020 at 14:32:22
God. We are still discussing Bobby!!

Simple, he got figured out!! Sit back and give Everton possession.

His best results came when we ceded possession and played in the counter. The games against Utd and Arsenal in the first season. Get Rom behind their defence and watch him go.

By the end he was clueless. It was more pitiful than the last weeks of Silva. We had been humped by Liverpool, and the players had to sort themselves out in the FA cup because he had lost his mind.

His first season he did a Wenger. Took the best defence we had in years and unlike and other manager in the past 20 years actually got a top notch striker in.

Brian Porter
60 Posted 20/02/2020 at 14:44:00
Karma catches up with Son
Joe McMahon
61 Posted 20/02/2020 at 14:49:06
Don @52 our worst hammering were during the Moyes 11 glory years. Including by huge clubs such as Bolton, Blackburn, Wigan and WBA. I hope he takes WHU down seeing as "winning is what he does"
Tony Abrahams
63 Posted 20/02/2020 at 17:32:17
Relative control until he made that sub Conor, and I do think Roberto improves young players because he lets them play which helps improve confidence, which is why I’ve said many times he should be in charge of an academy.


Derek Knox
64 Posted 20/02/2020 at 21:39:40
Slightly off topic here, but watching the Olympiakos v Arsenal game, mainly to see what we will be up against on Sunday, and to be honest find it a bit of a yawnfest.

They have created very little up to now, so let's hope that carries over to Sunday. Hope I'm not sticking my neck out to be well and truly embarrassed, but I think we can get a result at the Emirates.

Oops Lacazette has just scored, still not changing my mind though.

Jay Wood
[BRZ]

65 Posted 20/02/2020 at 21:46:05
I'm watching Wolves v Espanyol Derek. Wolves steamrolling them 4-0, Jota hat trick. Very impressive.
Derek Knox
66 Posted 20/02/2020 at 22:49:45
Hi Jay, I obviously watched the wrong game in terms of entertainment, but I just wanted to assess what threat Arsenal may possess against us next Sunday. Rangers did well too to come back from being two goals down.

I think of all the teams around us Wolves perhaps are the biggest threat to European qualification, but having said that, they can be guilty of being a bit erratic in terms of results.

Still if we are to stake a claim, we have to do it on our own merits and not depend on other results, although it may, if it happens strengthen our case, but only if we continue as we have been doing.

Conor McCourt
67 Posted 21/02/2020 at 09:40:21
Derek, the good news is that they went very strong and hopefully that will increase our chances on Sunday.
James Hughes
68 Posted 21/02/2020 at 10:28:17
Derek, the best thing is our fate is in our hands so, if we continue our form, we will get there.

It is exciting times and whilst we ain't playing consistently, we are picking up the points. With our rivals stuttering us seeming to have righted the ship I am looking forward to the coming fixtures. Makes a pleasant change from the usual feeling of dread.

The big Monday night game is the one; I want us to send them home empty-handed.

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