Morning all… by now, I think we’ve all come off the high that was the 7-1 win. A quick look at the league table kind of puts us back in the real world, where we are quite far off the top 3. Fourth is our first target and there is a fight going on, of which Newcastle (yes, they surely have to be taken seriously now), Liverpool, Chelsea and ourselves all want.
There were a lot of positives to be taken from the game – Van Persie’s movement and finishing being one of them – The Ox’s continual improvement being the other – Walcott’s return to some degree of decent football, Song, Arteta and Rosicky playing a decent game through the middle too. But hats off to Van Persie – the boy is in absolutely sparking form. He’s scoring goals for fun. One thing that I just can’t get over is how good his movement is at the moment, it’s sublime – a completely different level. The more I watch him, the more I can’t believe what or where we would be if he wasn’t plagued by the plethora of injuries that he has suffered in his life.
The skipper is very important to us, and in all honesty, every Arsenal fan is worried what would happen if he got injured. Arsene, of course, is quite worried too, and there was a relief that others have recently been scoring:
“That was a problem I faced in all the press conferences at the start of the season. If he doesn’t score, who scores, you know? It was right, I couldn’t deny that. But I always felt that if you look at our numbers the trio of Gervinho, (Theo) Walcott and van Persie were involved in all the goals so they are more the providers because we play with two wingers. But the wingers can score as well, like (against Blackburn). It is something that is needed and we need some more goals from midfield as well.”
The next thing on every Arsenal fan’s agenda is Van Persie’s contract. It runs out next summer. All of a sudden, you’re feeling worried aren’t you? Well, me too. The striker is in the form of his life, outscoring and out performing the highest paid strikers in the league (Rooney, Aguero etc), he could demand £150k if he wanted… but how will we handle it? We can’t afford those wages – and even if we could – we wouldn’t. If we don’t then will he want to leave? And if we finish outside of the top four… then… ooooh, I don’t want to even think about it.
Let’s think about the Ox instead – what a player he is becoming. He was absolutely sensational against Blackburn. There is going to be a lot of hype around the boy and granted, he is playing well enough to deserve it, I hope he just doesn’t take it all into his head. The skipper spoke about his performance so far this season and commented on not putting too much