Our form is a so variable, we are becoming very unpredictable. Before the start of the Liverpool game, the commentators literally said “I wonder which Arsenal will turn up”… Our form changes through out the game too – one minute we look like we’re in total control, but the next minute, we look like we can concede any time the opposition go forward.
When you look at the squad, you don’t know why we have such inconsistency. We have had such a disrupted squad in the last couple of months, going from no full backs to no centre backs. Even in yesterday’s game, Diaby’s short appearance, Oxlade playing in the middle etc – it does make for a consistent outcome… One thing is for sure – having a Gibbs and Sagna in our team does make a huge difference… Will the Arsenal ever have a consistent team playing week in and week out, I don’t know.
However, we do have Robin Van Persie.
And that means, even against the run of play, we always have a chance. A chance that we can score. RvP’s form has been sensational this season and his two goals from two shots yesterday – both sublime in different ways. Accolades have to be given to Alex Song and Bacary Sagna for two excellent assists – both players scoring 8 out of 10 in the post game player ratings.
Arsene spoke on RvP after the game…
I must say we will do anything to keep him. I cannot say much more because I have said that many times. I am very proud that he has grown after having seen him arriving here timid, and today being the player and leader he has become. He is playing under big pressure in every game because he knows he has to score. He has shown exceptional development, not only as a player but as a human being. He is up there with the best players in the world.
If we do lose RvP this summer, I am sure there will be a fans backlash. As a team, I am pretty sure we can’t afford to lose him. We need to build a team around him. The boy has scored 31 goals this season – in our worst season – and that says something.
Arsene confirmed what RvP said after the game – it wasn’t one of our best games – but we have to dig deep and the moment of quality from Robin proved the difference.
It was vital for us to win the game. Liverpool had a very good first half and we were not in the game – what was flattering for us was to be 1-1 at half time. The second half was much more level. We had some good chances as well, they had maybe one from Martin Kelly. But they had no clear-cut chances in the second half. They had to win the game, and we know that we have Van Persie who can deliver something special. Overall it was not one of our best games, but we refused to give in and we played as well as we could. Our goalkeeper and centre forward made the difference.
With Sp*rs losing at United today, there is a real possibility that we could catch them – we are fourth on 49 points and Sp*rs are 3rd on 53 points. Personally, I didn’t think we’d be anywhere near them at all, but the results have gone our way more recently and suddenly we can look up instead of down the table.
We have Milan midweek in a game that is all but lost. We have quite a few injuries at the moment too, with Arteta, Diaby, Wilshre, Ramsey, Rosicky, Benayoun, Djourou, Squillaci, Mertersacker and Gibbs all out injured. So we’ll have to look at playing a slightly different team and / or formation…
We look decimated after the game. I don’t know who will be available on Tuesday night. Maybe I will play with six strikers as we have to score goals!
At least the boss has got a sense of humour. But whoever we play on Tuesday night, it is going to be an uphill struggle. Scoring 4 past Milan is not going to be easy, well we’ll have to score 5 to win. And not concede!
I’ll be back tomorrow with a Milan preview… but for the moment, enjoy the rest of the weekend. Arsenal win, Liverpool, Chelsea and Sp*rs all lose.
Adios for now….