So, let's take a little breather and have a look at where we stand right now. We have 7 league games until the end of the season. We're currently 6 points behind Chelsea, 9 points behind Liverpool and something like 10 or 13 behind United. Any chance of winning the title is virtually over, as United would have to lose 4 or 5 of their remaining 8 games and we would have to win all our remaining games. But we can definitely catch Chelsea and Liverpool if they slip up - and by the time you read this, one of the aformentioned teams will have an advantage is what has been dubbed the "most boring champions league game ever"... and they both look like they're wearing a little thin.
On Saturday, we will be without Almunia, and in his replacement is Lukas Fabianski, which I think we'll shorten to Lukankski for short a la Ronaldo... Arsene calls him a classy keeper and although it's not really the time to have to switch keepers, it's definitely a test for the Polish #1/2...
“I am very pleased at the way Lukasz came on. Despite not even being warmed up he made two great saves. I was just thinking after the game how important it is to have two classy goalkeepers. Unfortunately one of those classy goalkeepers does not get a great number of games. But if you don’t have two good keepers you don’t have [a] chance at this level.”
His reference to “classy” in his quote is a bit odd, but that’s the gaffer for you…
In more injury news, Rosicky has opted against playing in the reserve game against Sp*rs today as he’s scared of getting injured. I think most of his comeback is physcological now… I’ll keep you posted when he decides to play a game… Our midfield boasts players like Arshavin, Walcott, Nasri and Vela all capable of a bit of spark in midfield – of course I would love Rosicky back, but we’ve strengthened in that department, so let’s give him the time he wants.
Theo speaks now.
”It was probably one of the best goals I have seen in the Champions League, a special goal from a special player. Hopefully that can spur us on into the next round. It was a great show of character from all the young players. We played some brilliant football as well. However, the job is not yet done. They are a very dangerous team on the break, they pass the ball very well and Senna has got a brilliant shot on him, so we have got to track him down and not let him have those situations again.”
Very true young man, very true.
Gallas is out too for at least 3 weeks having been diagnosed with a knee ligament injury – and reports are still saying it’s the whole season.
I’ll stop now and when I arrive in NY, I will endevour to find a cafe of some internet variety… hold on, my hotel has wireless. Excellent.]]>