Happy Thursday?

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.]]>

  • Pete

    Have a good one Dev, and cheers for all the blogs mate! :)

  • http://kierandelaney.net/blog kierandelaney.net/blog

    < ![CDATA[Boring my ass! Great to see Liverpool get stuck at home on a European night. Perhaps all this conceited bollocks about destiny can be forgotten now - Liverpool are the only club where the fans genuinely believe it is their divine right to win things. I never used to like Chelsea, but the workman like attitude of the team is almost endearing.

    Barca were amazing last night!]]>

  • Pissed off

    < ![CDATA[Kieran I don't see it that way though. I personally will prefer Chelsea to falter and Liverpool to topple Man u. But this result will do us and Liverpool no good. Right now its a battle of confidence switching sides. Initially it was against us, then against Man u and currently it seems to be against Liverpool and in favour of Chelsea, which is not good for us considering the FA cup.

    That been said I look forward to the weekend's match and hope we keep winning to do our confidence a huge favour. A master class, experienced tactician teach an inexperienced tactician the way its been done ( sorry Liverpool try u luck next time).]]>

  • Fabrez

    < ![CDATA[I think Fabianski and Djourou will b able replacements in those positions we have got those injuries in. Personally, I just want Edu back...he's been amazing everytime he's played for us this season. He is the guy that I think can link up with midfielders ever so well...and with Cesc and Arshavin (domestically), we have so much to look forward to. RvP I guess will b back on the weekend seeing that AW said he was close to playing against Villareal.

    And that game yesterday was a good one. For some reason, I dislike Chelsea more than I do Liverpool...but it seems as if Barca would favourites no matter which team goes thru...and it seems to be Chelsea with some ease... The game was far from boring tho...lots of action. And something tells me Ribery won't b at Bayern nxt season... Henry had to comfort the poor guy after the game...seems as if he was distraught...and understandably so. I've never seen such easy looking football b4. It was too easy for Barca! If we don't win something, this is the kind of thing guys like Cesc could leave to be a part of...*sigh*

    As for Rosicky...guess we aren't short on players in his department so even tho i find him not wanting to play a bit odd, he knows himself better than I do...so i respect that. I do like him and i just want to see him play again...

    Oddly enuff, I'm not worried about Chelsea...i mean they are a strong side with a decent squad but I think we can match and better them in the FA Cup... Football is unpredictable at times but I feel very strongly about our team finishing on a high this season...one thing tho...no more injuries plzzz!!]]>

  • Pete

    < ![CDATA[Didn't see the game, but as mentioned before, you've got to hand it to Chelsea. Very good result for them and they do tend to work their socks off for their wins. Not too sure I see them getting past Barcalona though, whose current have "favorites" written across it.

    Big shame to hear about Gallas' season pretty much coming to an end. It's been a crazy year when you consider all thats happened with him, and it's never nice to see any player suffer injuries like that. Djourou can probably fill in just fine, but there's still a lot of games to be played so I just hope nothing happens to him and Toure.

    Almunia and Clichy are out for a few weeks too, so maybe Fabianski and Gibbs a good run in the side and hit some form.]]>

  • Pete

    *whose current form*

  • devday

    < ![CDATA[Oh my gosh, what on earth happened to the Champions League yesterday - Chelsea beat Liverpool 3 - 1? Barcelona beat Bayern 4 - 0? Awesome stuff - totally unboring...

    On a separate note, Gallas out for he season? Our physio team to blame??]]>

  • Fabrez

    < ![CDATA[Hmm...i hope not...bcuz if they made his injury worse, I'd b moved to share some choice words with them...He really should not have come back on. Well if he's out he's out...we've got to take it on the chin and move fwd.

    Let's just hope we can get a couple of our injured players back for Saturday. I guess now that Gael is out for 2 weeks, Silvestre will replace him...guess Arsene will want to have the experienced player getting stuck in. And if we need a goal, i can see Gibbs coming on...a bit more attack-minded. It's a shame bcuz i felt as if we were settling down defensively at the back but I guess we can say we'lll have the advantage of Djourou's height defensively and maybe for set-pieces going forward as well.]]>

  • debs

    < ![CDATA[I typed a comment earlier on about the CL, Barca and our injury issues and stuff, but I guess I forgot to post it and now it's gone and I happen to not remember what exactly I wrote! lol

    I do hope we manage to keep tight at the back with all the enforced changes, cos it's getting to the crucial stage of the season where leaking goals can be fatal. I'm worried about Silvestre, but slightly less so if he plays as a LB as opposed to a CB cos he did well enough when he played there last- but I'll be keeping my eye on him!

    Any ideas when Eduardo will be back?]]>

  • Fabrez

    He and RvP will undergo a fitness test 2morro morning, so we’ll kno by 2morro Debs. Hopefully they’ll both b fit!

  • http://kierandelaney.net/blog kierandelaney.net/blog

    < ![CDATA[Gallas apparently said the injury was not serious and waned to see through to half time at least, but it rapidly became apparent that it was worse than he thought.

    I *hate* Liverpool more than I hate Manchester United. They're just horrible and arrogant - their fans are horrible as well. I've never heard so much 'divine right', 'history', 'destiny' bullshit as you do with them.

    It's also a lot to do with their manager who is just a total gobshite. When Wenger sounds off you know he's got something interesting to say. Benitiz just acts like the little boy in the playground who kicks sand in peoples faces before crying when they retaliate.

    It would be a dreadful shame if Liverpool won the league this season because people would equate that to a similar achievement of the league winners from previous seasons - in reality apart from a few good wins (notably at old trafford) they've been quite lucky.]]>

  • Pissed off

    Kierian you still have to give credit to the Liverpool team and just because Benetez is standing up to Fergie doesn’t make him an arrogant person. He is doing his best and I will rather see Liverpool win the league than Man U.

  • sam

    < ![CDATA[Doesn't it seem like we have the most injuries in EPL?

    Now Gael Clichy is to miss 2 weeks due to a back injury. Add to that Almunia & Gallas, and things start to look a bit darker again.

    I think we can keep 4th in the league, which is OK. We can squeeze through Vilareal, even with Lukas between the posts. But can we beat Chelsea in FA Cup?]]>

  • Pissed off

    The key battle in FA cup would be in the midfield.And I tell you if we be less dependent on Fab for the match the better for us. That beast Essien is there main treat, if we can handle him then we have a chance.

  • Pete

    < ![CDATA[Yeah, Essien is a flippin' monster of a midfielder, he'll be hard work. Hopefully Arshavin will be just one of the players that has the game of his life against Chelsea. He should be well rested for that game and raring to have a go at them. The thing that concerns me is whether we pick up any injuries playing Wigan and Villareal. Chelsea have two very physical games to play til then, Bolton and Liverpool, so hopefully we'll come out unscathed and things will turn in our favour. Nothing would please me more than to see Arsenal get to the final at Wembley, but to be honest I do fancy Chelsea to go through.

    As for tomorrows game, we should win it, especially if we set up similarly to last week against City, but Wigan is never an easy ground to go to, what with their rugby field of a pitch lol.]]>