First of all, a massive virtual high five to @kieran_delaney on his post yesterday – it was a great read indeed… and a second virtual high five to @DebsGooner who wrote a very inspiring post United match report… after the weekend or couple of weeks we’ve had… it’s a little bit of ground-hog day down at the Emirates at the moment – the mad month of March has seen us go from all 4 to just the 1 competition, but just as we thought the month could not get any madder…
We’ve just gone and re-signed Jens Lehmann, aged 41, as emergency cover for our goalkeeping department!
At the time of writing, it wasn’t confirmed on Arsenal.com, but ESPN did report this via Bild.de:
“Arsenal currently have a goalkeeping crisis and I jumped at the chance to help them.”
So, last season, it was Sol Campbell… this season, it’s Jens Lehmann… A lot of people are saying that we only have to do this because we didn’t sort out the goalkeeping situation in summer – which is obviously not true, as the only reason we’ve had to do it is because we’ve lost three keepers to season loan injuries in Mannone, Szcznesy and Fabianski. A desperate situation that called for action. And Jens is a winner – he was part of the invincibles… he will come in and tell these players what it will take to win the league. I doubt he’ll play, but his presence is the dressing room and the safety net of having an experienced keeper on the bench is something that will be a positive step for us.
In other news… Jack officially wants to beat Cesc at….
His twitter follower count… yes… it’s war, and it’s probably the least of their worries… but hey, for some reason, I really want Jack to win! Cesc started it with “@jack_wilshere loves his twitter more than his girlfriend” and then Jack replied with… “@cesc4official im trying to beat how many followers you have!!” and then good old Cesc gave him the inspiration he needed… “@jack_wilshere dont be jelouse, u will get there one day son.”
Back to slightly more important matters… the fitness of Alex Song…
“We would like Song back and we would like Fabregas back. We have now to cope with Djourou [being] out and he is an outstanding player. I don’t know [when Song will be fit again]. But certainly not for Saturday.”
Now, that last statement is worrying as the boss said he doesn’t know when Alex Song will be fit again! Song has been our lynchpin ahead of the back four and for me, if we was available for Barcelona, it would have been a whole different result. Alex Song is miles ahead of the likes of Denilson and Diaby (will they both start against WBA?) and it’s such a shame that we may have lost him for a while now. Our first XI with Song & Cesc in it and on form is a different kettle of fish. Our win percentages with both those players is so much higher when they’re both in the team. We concede less goals when Song is on song and we score more when Cesc in playing….
Despite the fall out in the last two weeks… we have an incredible chance at the title. I mean, really it is there for us to grab onto… let’s run down the run in’s (yes, I know we’re doing it again but it’s all so important!)…
United, currently on 60 points, with nine games to play.
- Bolton (h)
- West Ham (a)
- Fulham (h)
- Newcastle (a)
- Everton (h)
- Arsenal (a)
- Chelsea (h)
- Blackburn (a)
- Blackpool (h)
Arsenal, currently on 57 points, with ten games to play.
- West Brom (a)
- Blackburn (h)
- Blackpool (a)
- Liverpool (h)
- Sp*rs (a)
- Bolton (a)
- United (h)
- Stoke (a)
- Aston Villa (h)
- Fulham (a)
Who has the easiest run in? I think they’re both quite hard…. but only one team will win the title if they win all their games (that’s us by the way)…!!
I’ll leave you with some fighting talk from Arsene:
“Yes we have it [the spirit to win the title]. I don’t question that. We played Wednesday against Leyton Orient, Saturday against Sunderland, Tuesday against Barcelona with ten men and against Man United. It’s a very, very difficult schedule. It’s been very difficult for the players but they have never shown any sign of weakness mentally. Even on Saturday they have put in absolutely every effort and can only be proud of how much they fought. I question myself always, don’t worry,” said the manager. “But If I listened to everybody then it would be a miracle that we are still playing for the title with ten games to go. Nobody in England believed we could even fight for the top four. The fact we are in the position we are in I think deserves a lot of credit. I don’t know [if winning it now would be my greatest achievement]. I let other people judge my performances. The only thing I can say is that I’m ready to give absolutely everything to do it. I’m confident we will but we need now to work to recover.”
Come on you Gooners!!!