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Finishing above Tottenham would be a bonus so we have to turn our attentions on saying goodbye to some 'propa' professionals. Mikel Arteta, Tomas Rosicky and Mathieu Flamini will almost certainly be heading out the door this summer so this will be our chance to wave goodbye. That said Arsene did say that Flamini has hurt his foot or something. Is it me or am I the only one who gets suspicious whenever we hear one of these injuries stories? I mean Arsène can't exactly say "We can't include them all in the squad so I am leaving out Flamini so I can include Rosicky and Arteta"

Personally I think City are there for the taking as long as we approach the game correctly. If we are smart and organised when City have the ball and play with some aggression/urgency then I think we can repeat last seasons scoreline. We have been pretty poor in our last few games but those were games where we had to take the initiative, where it was almost solely down to us to play, that shouldn't be the case today. Hopefully Yaya Toure can have another game in which he walks around the pitch dreaming of tasty cake while Aguero can slot back into Koscielny's pocket as he has done so many times in the past

If we play the way we can and should then the threat of Palace should be an after thought. Famous last words and all that but if we can play with the same speed and mobility that we showed at Everton and home to Watford then the likes of Özil, Iwobi, Welbeck and Alexis could prove a little too much for a team that will have an eye on the FA Cup

I'm not sure we can get through a preview of the game without talking about the threat of Dimitri Payet. He has been pretty damn fantastic since signing for West Ham. His free kick goal last weekend against Crystal Palace was pretty special wasn't it? I hope Arsène has been having plenty of words to Gabriel, Koscielny and Coquelin about being careful not to give away cheap free kicks in and around our penalty box. Especially in our penalty box, that wouldn't be good

I know the title is a super long shot and I should be preparing myself for the inevitable but f**k it! What is the point of this whole supporting thingy if you cannot retain some hopes and dreams? However unlikely they may appear. Imagine if the players had thrown in the towel and coasted for the next few games only to see Leicester City and Tottenham bottle it and drop points they would have expected to win? Yeah I know, you don't have to say it out loud.

I did say I was dreaming right? Basically nobody goes to Barcelona and dominates the game because that is what Barcelona are. Only a handful of teams have had more of the ball than Barcelona, let alone gone on to win the game in that way, especially at their gaff. Beating Barcelona wouldn't quite be a miracle but beating them at their own game in Barcelona would.

After Arsène's comments about boom boom boom (gotta get that) Giroud, it wouldn't surprise me to see the Frenchman kept in the team to see if he can continue scoring goals again. Anyway Welbeck will be saved for Barcelona, where he can tear them to shreds, scoring four counter attacking goals or something