Arsenal edge past Everton and now for a week’s rest!

What a goal… What a beautiful goal…

If any goal was going to win the game, then that was the goal. Was it better than the one at Charlton, no, probably not, but was it fitting for Robin Van Persie to score it? Yes, for sure…

Sweet, sweet and sweeter every time you watch it. The winning goal. But it shouldn’t have really been a winning goal, we really should have put away of of the 12 chances at goal we had before that strike. One thing this game reminded me of is “that” game that last season we would either not scored or conceded a goal afterwards.

The line up was: Szcznesy, Djourou, Mertersacker, Koscielny, Vermaelen, Song, Arteta, Ramsey, Walcott, Gervinho and Van Persie.

Vermaelen playing at left back due to the injury to Andre Santos, and if you haven’t heard, you may be a little shocked, but Santos is out until March now with an ankle injury. Announced the Arsenal.com on Monday:

Arsenal Football Club can confirm that, following investigations and subsequent medical opinions by Club specialists, left-back Andre Santos will have surgery to repair ligament damage in his right ankle sustained in the game against Olympiacos last week. Andre will have surgery in Brazil this week and is expected to be out for around three months. Everyone at the Club wishes him well.

It was a massive mistake from Arsene to play Santos – our only fit full back – against Olympiacos. The players were dis-interested and we had no momentum or reason to win that game. Yes, hindsight is an excellent attribute to have after an event, but even before the game all, if not all fans did question not only his inclusion but that of Vermaelen. It could have been worse, the vice captain himself could have got injured. But this injury to Santos, as Gibbs is also sidelined, means that Vermaelen will move out to left back, thus meaning we lose him out of the centre of defence for a significant portion of time too.

I was talking to a friend of mine and commenting on the loss of Rooney for Man United and how they struggle without him, which led nicely onto the topic of Robin Van Persie – his quality and how we’ve missed him over the years. He is flying at the moment, and our season turnaround is much connected to his goals. 32 goals in 31 games. If he were to get injured, then who would take his place. Chamakh isn’t good enough – that we know for sure. Park? Can he come in and do a job? Chamakh is off to the African Nations Cup with Morocco, so very soon, it will be Park only as the back up.

Chamakh may not last until the end of the ACN, with PSG rumoured to be interested, the player said:

“I am 27. I need to play. I cannot stay like this forever. If I played more, of course I would have more confidence and score more goals.”

The January transfer window should be our opportunity to ensure we rectify the situation, to buy another striker who can make a difference. If we don’t, we will pay the price. Arshavin playing left and Gervinho up front just won’t cut it. But January is a long time away, and between now and then we need to win win win… starting this weekend against Man City, who fell to this first loss against Chelsea where ex-Gooner Clichy got sent off…

We’ll have 4 or 5 days of build up to that game, so until tomorrow, my friends, until tomorrow…

  • SpeedDemon

    What a beautiful goal… van persies best ever!

  • eric

    he wony buy…as we all know and then the idiot will blame the injuries

  • King Eric

    No Rvp no top 4!!!

  • bergChamp

    Nooooo!

    He has to buy. I think podolski is the one i want.
    Park / Chamakh not good enough.

  • arsenal

    @bergchmp- wishful thinking mate. he wouldnt buy to save his life- God knows what his man love with Diaby is all about

  • eric

    I cant believe City actually bought Clichy from us.. he is not a good defender at all. Can’t cross, can’t defend and his lapses in concentration are legendary. I for one was glad we sold him but yeah still can’t believe City fell for it..