Well, it's been a quiet Monday is the world of Arsenal and all eyes are on tomorrow's game against Portsmouth. It's a reserve game of course, but it's a reserve game with a difference. Tomorrow will see the return of Eduardo to footballing action and it will be a welcome return.
Of course, we shouldn't expect him to be amazing tomorrow. We should be happy seeing him play. 60 minutes in the game tomorrow, no injuries should be a good night out. Eduardo has been out injured for about 11 months now with an injury sustained away at Birmingham last year. His missed the Euros in the summer and has been recovering for the last few months.
On his progress, Arsene recently said:
“He looks very good and very sharp in training.”
Which is quite a short summation but a good thing nevertheless.
It will be an exciting game tomorrow – for those of you who have Arsenal TV, it’s live – kick off at 7pm – the coverage starts at 6pm.
For those of you who have watched the game against Middlesborough, one thing quite noticable, was a change in Adebayor’s attitude. Maybe the return of Eduardo has got him scared for his place in the team. Or maybe he thinks he won’t be able to move if he finishes fifth or maybe, just maybe, he actually gives a crap.
Ade’s recently been talking about how every game is a now a cup game. And he is right. We need to treat every game as if our lives depended on it. That’s how we should always play and should have played since the beginning of the season. Here’s what Ade had to say:
“We have to forget about what we have done against Chelsea and Manchester United. We have done that so the most important thing is just to keep focused against Liverpool. If we think because we have beaten Man United at home, Chelsea away so we are going to win easily against Liverpool then we have got everything wrong. Every weekend comes a massive game, massive game, massive game for us. [Each is] the game of the season. We all know how important this is for the Club so we will just try to keep our dreams alive.
“For us the most important thing is to keep positive. We have a good chance because we play at Emirates Stadium in front of our own fans. We always play quite well there. For sure, they broke our dreams last season. But what they have done they have done. That happened last season. The most important thing is what we want to achieve now.
“All the people will be talking about it and that will make it a big game for everybody. As a player you dream of playing in these big games. When I was young I had a chance to watch Arsenal against teams likes Liverpool and Manchester United. Now I have a chance to be in those games.
“That is why I say to myself whenever I wear the shirt I have to keep giving 100 per cent.”
There are some interesting points that Ade makes. Ade will give 100%, Eboue will give 200%, Bendtner will give 10% and we’ll win the league. It’s imperative that we don’t play on our laurels. Yes, we’ve beaten Man United and Chelsea this season – it doesn’t mean we will automatically beat Liverpool. We are going to have to play to our best if we are going to beat Liverpool.
There will be much more Liverpool talk later this week.