Arsenal fan Kingston Murinda provides the view from the Emirates ahead of our season opener at Anfield on Sunday.
What’s the view among Arsenal fans about having to visit Anfield on the opening weekend?
We would have preferred a couple of games to get up and running and to get the fitness before playing a game this big. It’s not the easiest start but we have a decent enough record at Anfield lately. We won last season and drew the previous two league games there I think. I’d say it’s 50-50. Either side could get the three points if they’re on their game.
Joe Cole could make his league debut for us. How do you feel about missing out on him?
I was disappointed, but we have a lot of technical, skilful players like him. I honestly didn’t think he’d venture out of London but I reckon he’ll be a good signing for you guys.
And your thoughts on Arsene Wenger’s transfer activity as a whole?
Again, a bit disappointed. He’s let four defenders go in Campbell, Senderos, Gallas and Silvestre and we’ve only brought one in: Laurent Koscielny. Up front we’ve brought in Marouane Chamakh but then Wenger’s let Eduardo go. All this has made us weaker in my opinion. The manager said last season that we were three or four players short but where are they? We’re supposedly interested in Mark Schwarzer but I’d say we need another three on top of that.
At least Cesc Fabregas looks like he’s staying…
I’m happy about that but the worry at the moment is, what can we offer him? We’re not going to win anything this season…
How’s your pre-season been?
Good. We’ve only been beaten once against Legia Warsaw. Apart from that we’re unbeaten. Samir Nasri has looked really good, Koscielny has been decent and Andrey Arshavin seems to be up and running.
Who should we be worried about on Sunday?
Fabregas and van Persie are only just back from their holidays and Wenger has said on the club website that they might not be up to speed. I don’t think they’ll start, so you should be worried about two of those I’ve just mentioned: Nasri and Arshavin. Arshavin seems to have something weird over Liverpool at Anfield.
And who will you be worried about on our side?
I thought Steven Gerrard’s first goal for England on Wednesday was beautiful. The second was nice but the first was top drawer. Typical Steven Gerrard. I think all the England players will want to prove something this year and he’s one to watch. Let’s hope he has a quiet game.
What’s the score going to be?
I think we’re slightly better than Liverpool right now, so 2-1 to us.
And finally, what’s your hope for the season as a whole?
That Spurs get relegated. Away from Arsenal, I’d also like to see Liverpool step up and challenge for the title again. You’ve got the most loyal supporters I’ve ever seen and they deserve it.