Yesterday was a great day for all Arsenal fans. We saw Eduardo play his first game in 10 months. He was instrumental in our first team play and was definitely a good first game back. His early play saw him have a shout for a penalty, albeit not given, but he wasn't scared of the tackle, which was good to see.
He had a header just over before a great chance, curling round the defence, saved by a combination of the keeper and the post kept the score at 0-0. All in all, a good 45 minutes for the Crozilian. Eduardo was taken off at half time as he felt a twinge in his hamstring. We went on to win 2-0 with goals from Randall and Gibbs - a sweet strike from the left back making it 2-0.
Eduardo said after the game:
“I am feeling very happy to have started my first game in 10 months. I hope I can do more and that next time will be better. I just felt something in my hamstring but in two weeks I will be alright.”
Bit annoying with the hamstring stuff, but we should still be able to see him in about 2 – 3 weeks on the bench in a Premier League game.
Talking about the Premier League…
Ade and Cesc have been talking about our league position. In response to what Rio had to say, Cesc was quite dismissive of his comments and Ade was keen to talk at the end of the season.
“For me as an Arsenal player I know how important it is. We know we are eight points behind and we have a chance to play them and close the gap. We have to keep focused. It is going to be an important game and I don’t have to say too much about it. The motivation will come from within ourselves. We need to show good character and a good personality to win the game.”
There is more from Cesc too, which was on Sky Sports News, but I can’t find a link to it.
Arsene’s been speaking too about the fact we’re still in the title race and also revealed something very interesting about William Gallas’ mental state:
“On a human level, what happened with Gallas is the most difficult thing that I have ever had to manage in my whole career. I have a lot of respect for him. He has been caught in media turmoil. Whatever he said or did, it was distorted. He is well balanced in his game again, but I am not sure in his mind if he is well-balanced again.”
Very strange to hear Arsene comment on his mind not being well balanced. I’m not sure what that means in terms of his future, but it is interesting to hear Arsene say that it was the most difficult thing. Surely Henry leaving or wanting to leave was harder.
Tomorrow will see the start of the 3 day build up to the Liverpool game.