As I write this, it’s the early hours of Wednesday morning… I’ve just got in to hear the great news that United drew at Newcastle to give us yet another chance to make it a fight rather than a wimper. The points dropped by United mean that we’re 7 points off the top, but with a game in hand. A win would see us close the gap to 4 points, with both teams having 5 games to go – not impossible, but not easy. The game in hand, of course, is tonight. We travel to Sp*rs tonight in a season which has seen our away form better our home form, and in a season where you would have to think that we have more chance of winning at White Hart Lane than we did at the Emirates…
Let’s take a look at team news – Fabianski and Vermaelen apart, we have a full compliment to choose from tonight. Bacary Sagna is back and Almunia has recovered from his knee injury. The gaffer spoke about the injury situation earlier and said:
“Basically on the injury news it is all going well. Sagna should be back in the squad and everybody else is alright. [Almunia and Denilson] will not be in the squad but they are available. Almunia is back in normal training, Denilson as well. It is more a question of decisions, of choice. Thomas [Vermaelen] is still not competitive but he works very hard and we can give him a competitive edge in training because it takes a while. Thomas is a player who works very hard, he wants always to improve and he will get that from training. There was a doubt about his knee but he should be alright to be available. He says he is now completely ready. We have now three midfielders – Wilshere played many games, Diaby and Song – so we will rotate a little bit from game to game.”
Great news that Sagna is back and with the exception of Thomas Vermaelen, this is our strongest squad:
Sagna – Djourou – Koscielny – Clichy
Wilshere – Song
Walcott – Cesc – Nasri
With a bench of Almunia, Eboue, Denilson, Diaby, Arshavin, Bendtner and Chamakh
It’s virtually our strongest squad against their strongest – and many will say it’s a big test of our team against theirs. If then do come out at us, it means we’ll have the space to exploit – the 4-5-1 formation has worked wonders away from home. For them, the likes of Bale and Lennon will play on each wing, with a centre of Modric, Huddlestone and Van Der Vaart with Crouch the lone central striker. It is a team that are much better than they were before, with some key players in key positions.
At the moment, it looks like we’ve mentally lost it – we’ve lost the energy and fight. A win against Sp*rs in their backyard could re-invigorate our season, and it could spur us on to finish well. At the same time, anything but a win, will be the nail in the coffin.
Our new #1 – fan’s favourite Szcznesy says that the team “owes us one”, with a good result against Sp*rs…
“They will drop points and we believe we are good enough to win every game from now until the end of the season. We go into everything to finish first. We are Arsenal Football Club, we don’t want to finish second and we definitely don’t want to finish third. We just think about winning. It’s a huge disappointment because with a minute to go we scored what we thought was a winning goal. It’s still possible for us to win the title but it’s a big disappointment because we have to say we dropped two points. “It is a very good game for us to come back from a big disappointment,” he said. “We owe it to the fans as well because they are obviously very disappointed about what happened. We owe the fans a result at White Hart Lane. I’m going to absolutely love [the atmosphere]. I love when the crowd is really loud and the game is very tense so I’m going to enjoy it.”
Don’t you just love the young stopper?
All that is left to say is… come on you reds!!! Let’s show the world we’ve still got that fight in us!!