Tomorrow we take on Fulham on a day that can see us go fourth (if we’re not careful) but more likely a game that will see us finish third, which considering the events of recent times is quite an admirable feat. First time commenter Walter spoke about the perspective that we should have when looking on the season and despite our recent run of defeats, a run which has seen us without many key players, should not take away such a great effort of a season that we’ve had. We sold our two most sell-able assets in Adebayor and Toure for a combined £41m and have still managed to finish with a higher total (well, providing we beat Fulham) than last season.
Before I take a look at the rest of the world of Arsenal, I will take a look at the injury situation and the available players for tomorrow’s game. In the injured department we have Almunia (supposedly), Gallas, Vermaelen, Song, Denilson, Ramsey, Cesc, Rosicky and Bendtner. Yes, I know that pretty much a whole team, but we have got Clichy, Gibbs, Djourou and Arshavin back for the final game of the season.
With the injury list above, Arsene really doesn’t have a choice with the team and it will most likely pan out like this:
Sagna – Campbell – Silvestre – Clichy
Diaby – Eboue
Walcott – Nasri – Arshavin
With a bench of Mannone, Djourou, Gibbs, Eastmond, Merida, Vela, Eduardo
It’s funny, because you look at the players out injured and at least four or five of them would walk straight into the team, they’re the spine of our team and regardless of what has happened this season, the experience that these players have gained plus the return of the injured players creates a great squad ready for battle. Arsene has to cleanse the team a little and bring in reinforcements in key areas. And he is starting that process by the arrival of a new striker in Maroune Chamakh. Arsene all but confirmed the signing and we believe it will happen on the 16th May…
“It is not officially done, but we are confident on the boy. When all is clear we will come out and announce it.”
Arsene has been tracking Chamakh since last summer and by waiting the extra year, he has saved the club a £12m transfer fee. Yes, if we had him last year, it may have affected our title