Right, I have no idea who decided that Arsenal had an easy run into the end of the Premier League season. Because the reality is we don’t. The previous game against Wigan is an illustration of this, In the Premier League no game is to be taken lightly or even semi lightly.
The upcoming game against Chelsea is going to be an intense affair, the undoubted champions of the tall, Stoke City, then the plucky Canaries and finally a tricky away fixture at West Brom. But I regress to the imperative issue of the upcoming Chelsea game; this game is firm in the mind of most Londoner’s and millions throughout the world.
With Chelsea somehow taming the all-conquering Barcelona at home will this inspire them to 4th or 3rd in the Premier League? Or lull them into a false sense of Security? (I don’t think relegation is a feasible option) But Alas I do not know what the result will be so I cannot tell you. However I do know that if we are without Arteta who has been truly wonderful in the heart of our midfield, we will struggle. I constantly find myself looking at ‘kilometer’s covered’ at full time and half time and consistently Arteta and Song have been close too if not at the top.
Arteta has impressed me to no end, as I originally thought he would be a stop-gap signing before Wenger found some new prodigy/chosen one to groom into the midfield role. This may still be the case but I have found his performances have out done the monotonous and underwhelming Ramsey and the subdued Benayoun. Without a doubt I still believe and hope we can win when Chelsea arrive at the Emirates and I think with the return of Koscielny our defence will be bolstered. But we will need solid performance from the whole team, with hopefully a few displays of brilliance from the likes of Walcott and (the surprisingly feisty, which is good, all strikers need to be cocky and feisty to succeed) RVP to secure the three points.
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Its going to be a difficult game and I think it would really be a mark of how far we have come if we can keep a clean sheet with our first choice centre back pairing and would help out my fantasy league team to no end. I see realistically no change to formation or a significant change in personal but I think just an all-round improvement from last weeks soul destroying performance is what is required. This discussion of onwards and upwards leads me towards another frivolous transfer window debate and all the new and shinny things available to Arsenal.
Personally I would love to see the arrival of a creative midfielder, Cabaye anyone? A versatile defender Vertonghen would do nicely and a talismanic striker, I’m looking at you Podolski. This is all that is needed along with a garage sale of some of the dead weight, Arshavin, Squallaci, Young, Chamakh, and possibly even Santos. I’m sure that someone is willing to take these players off our hands and give them a good home. Will this be enough to convince Robin to stay? I can only hope. In conclusion I find myself being once again extremely hopeful of the prospects of the next season, a champions league birth and a placing above Tottenham.
Prophetic genius? Or the mind of a child? Feel free to leave something below… and ill tell you how you are wrong.