After the highs of Chelsea on Saturday, it would have been great to back it up with a win against Marseille on Tuesday in the Champions League, but alas, it was not to be! I bet we all expected to knock millions (what, just me!?) past them, but it was tough going when we played them at their home ground, so it definitely wasn’t going to be a walk in the park. We didn’t win, but more importantly, we didn’t lose! It feels like it’s been forever since we last lost a game! Long may it continue.
One obvious positive from Tuesday ofcourse, was Tommy V playing 90 minutes. And as far as I know, he didn’t pick up any injuries! Almost better than scoring a goal! 😉 I initially thought it was interesting that Arsene chose to play Mertesacker, as opposed to Koscielny, but Dev made the valid point that Kos was probably being rested! We didn’t concede, so I guess the defence did well. I really hope Vermaelen gets a proper run in the team , no injuries, so we can actually have our first-choice centre-backs playing for once! Shame we can’t have our first-choice defence play a game, what with Sagna out for a bit.
Marseille was a bit of a reality check, though. It’s all well and good thrashing Chelsea, but are we really back to where we want to be? I win against Marseille, although brilliant that would have been, it might have masked our deficiencies, and it was a timely reminder that we’re not quite there yet. Robin’s been a star in attack, but the others need to be, too. Theo was great against Chelsea, but we need that type of performance every game! And Chamakh, where do you start with him? I’m not sure whether it’s just a case of him needing a shot of confidence, but we just haven’t seen the real him in AGES! I’m not even sure I know what that is.
Ramsey’s been a revelation last few games. More of the same, please. There are signs that we’re getting back to being a fabulous team- 8 wins in the last 10 matches, anyone? Gotta keep it up, though. No slips, no mistakes. Don’t want to go back to our early season form, with every mention of us in the papers being all doom and gloom. Having said all of that, though, I’m not worried! To me, the storm is over, it’s just a matter of convincing others, and possibly some of the players, that that really is the case.
In other news, *surprise* *surprise*! Guess we won Player of the Month for October? I really though whatshisface would have won it, but Robin did! Very surprising! A measly 88.2% of the votes, too. Not sure he deserves it, really. He didn’t do anything this month, other than score pretty much all our goals and drag us out of the doldrums! He really needs to up his game next month! 😉
Also, Silent Stan finally spoke! I guess we can no longer call him that… Here’s a link to the full transcript, and although I’m loathe to refer you to the Mirror, the Mirror it is!
Next match- West Brom, at home. Saturday. Sounds easy? ‘Course it does! On paper that is! Remember last season? Sorry to remind you, but they beat us. 2-3. At the Emirates. They were bloody leading 3 nil at one point! I really hope Arsene reminds them about that match (they better not have forgotten!), because I want revenge! I’ll be at the Emirates on Saturday, and nothing other than a win- a humiliating one at that- will do! (I’ll take 1-0 to the Arsenal, to be honest, but you know what I mean!). Should be a good game, though, but it’s be nice to keep a clean sheet. Two clean sheets in a row? It hasn’t happened since August! Oh, I just remembered Tottz reminding (haha) us that we’re in November. Historically our worst month of the year! I really would snatch 1-0 out of your hands, just for that mere fact! Not that I believe we are cursed or anything, but it’d be great to break the ‘jinx’. Other matches in November are Norwich away, Dortmund at home, Fulham at home, and City at home (Carling Cup). Seriously, how badly can we do in these games!? If it all goes wrong, we know who (or what?) to blame- NOVEMBER!
Okay, I’m beginning to run out of things to say, and I think my brain is yelling for sleep!
Have a good Friday people, and hopefully we’ll be celebrating another fantastic result in the league, come full-time on Saturday!
Come on you REDS!