This weekend see a host of games from all competitions. Two FA Cup semi derbies, taking Liverpool and controversially Chelsea to Wembley. Sp*rs getting tanked 5-1 was an awesome end to the weekend too. With some great Spanish football too and games pretty much every day last week, we really have been spoiled…
We play tonight and then two Champions League games on Tuesday and Wednesday, it just doesn’t stop… but for us, of course, tomorrow’s game is so important. Win tomorrow and 3rd place is virtually sealed… we will be 8 points clear of 4th place with 4 games to go. So it’s not going to guarantee us 3rd, but it will go a whole long way towards it.
One of the fears I have had is when we get on a run, we get complacent – and we may even to that considering the gap is 5 points at the moment, but you can’t rest on your laurels and we have to hope that the players realise what an important game it is. I think Rosicky nailed it when he spoke yesterday:
“Wigan beat Manchester United on Wednesday, so that’s an indication that it will be a tough test for us,” he told the Official Arsenal Magazine. We’ll have to be on top of our game to win, no doubt about it. Wigan have some very good players and a good young manager, so this will be a very tough match for us. We have a great chance to stay in [third] position, but now we have to make sure of it. That starts against Wigan on Monday – and make no mistake, it’s a very big game for us.
Rosicky was rested for the game against Wolves last Wednesday, but I fully expect him to return to the line up tomorrow. In fact, looking ahead to tomorrow’s game, we should be able to field a very similar team to last Wednesday, although I also expect Benayoun to be on the bench in favour of Oxlade.
Sagna – Djourou – Vermaelen – Santos
Arteta – Song
Walcott – Rosicky – Oxlade
It’s pretty awesome nowadays that I can name Van Persie in pretty much every line up. Something that I’ve never been able to do outside of this season. As the season draws to a close now, many minds will be thinking about possible transfers in Summer, and finishing third will help us to be sure of Champions League football – something we couldn’t do last season. Most conversations I have are about the summer and how we can move forward. I’ll hold off now from commenting, as we will have quite a while to discuss that after the season has ended.
Short blog today, back tomorrow… here’s to a thumping at the Emirates, come on you Gooners…