I'm 26 years old and I've never heard of Arsenal going into a game against Aston Villa as underdogs. Until now.
Well, times are changing. I'll take nothing away from Aston Villa. Under Martin O'Neill's guidance they have proved to be a real force this season and thoroughly deserve their lofty position in the table.
Arsenal on the other hand have struggled to gain any consistency this season. Except being inconsistent and that is a kind of a consistency I guess.....
Anyhow today will prove to be a very tough game for both sides. It really is a six-pointer and could prove to be a defining moment of the season.
Victory for either side will provide a huge psychological boost in the race for Champions League places. That's how important today is. It will have repercussions for the rest of the season.
I understand the reason's for people writing Arsenal off. I've done it myself to an extent. But the season can be saved. And it will start with a victory today for Arsenal.
Without sounding arrogant Aston Villa used to be a game where I expected three points. I don't and can't anymore. Villa are too good for that and deserve respect.
But I think an Arsenal win is on the cards today. There will be hairy moments but I think Arsenal will pull through.
This is a big game and these Arsenal players appear to have a big game mentality. We've seen it against Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool.
Both sides will want to win so much and the team that shows the most hunger will win. Villa smashed us at the Emirates because they wanted it more and deserved the three points.
Arsenal need to use that performance against Villa as motivation or they may as well not bother to turn up.
Aston Villa will be hungry today but I expect Arsenal to be starving. We will upset the odds and win today.
Aston Villa 1-2 Arsenal.
A big win today could really kick-start our season. A couple of signings in the transfer window and you never know, it may end up being a great season.
Keep it Goonerish...............