A massive greeting to all from Dubai, it’s quite nice over here compared to London weather wise, although when I left London yesterday, I did enjoy a bit of sun and today in Dubai it is quite windy…
There is an interesting fact that I think I’ll share with you first – and that is – if we beat Burnley tomorrow by a score line of 4-0, we will be top of the table. Can you imagine thinking that a few weeks ago when we were 9 points behind the lead and conceding goals left, right and centre…? Let’s not worry about the rest of the fixtures, we have 10 fixtures left. We play Burnley tomorrow and that’s all that matters right now. Let’s take every game, one game at a time.
Team news ahead of tomorrow’s game sees a few injury worries but some good news too. We’ll hopefully see the return of Andrei Arshavin to the squad. With Tuesday’s game in mind and the lack of playing time recently, it’s important he starts the game or comes on for a period of time. He’s a game changer, a game winner, and can definitely contribute to both tomorrow’s and Tuesday’s game. Denilson and Diaby should also be back in the squad, but both will be coming back from an injury. Based on the last week or so, I’d predict Denilson gets a run out in the defensive midfield role as Alex Song is not available due to suspension. Diaby may not start but could start against Porto in midweek.
Arsene highlighted the injury concerns in his press pre-match conference earlier today saying:
“We have the luck that Denilson could be available again. He did not travel to Stoke last week because he had an injury to his calf. Arshavin could be available and there is a little, little chance that Diaby could be available again too. I am convinced that Denilson and Arshavin will be OK but for Diaby it is 50:50. Gallas is still out and we have a little problem with Sol Campbell. We will check that tomorrow. Carlos Vela will not be considered for Saturday because he comes back too late from international duty. If we have good news from the other players coming back we should still have a strong squad out.”
Theo Walcott had roughly an hour for England midweek, and the players – in my eyes – is improving and starting to kick on – I really do think an injury free run in the team will help him be more consistent and more apt within the match. Arsene