So it is today that The King of Highbury decided to hang up his boots on a hugely successful career that, in my opinion, will eventually move on to him being a future Arsenal manager.
What a player he was and he represents some of my finest moments as a fan of Arsenal. To be sitting in the stands when he lobbed Barthez will be a vision I remember for life. I was sitting in the very quiet West Stand pretty much in line where he picked up the ball in midfield. But we could reminise about so many of his magical moments.
I think its very interesting that Sky have realised that they cannot go any longer with only having one good pundit (Gary Neville) who speaks any sense in their studio. They clearly have Jamie Redknapp for the female viewers and I am surprised they don’t have a interpreter for Jamie Carragher. They disgust me weekly with the comments they bring up and its usually stating the obvious and very rarely have any new opinions. Basically they are shit and have no fans.
You only need to see Henry during the World Cup to see the guy is not only full of fun and charisma but has some great views on the game. I wish him well, and I am sure he will be very well received by the Sky viewers.
Now to the goal king that perhaps we need to hold more faith with. No, its not Sanchez or Welbeck. It’s a man that now back from his injury looks slimmer, sharper and his mind is clear and ready to play football again. There is a lot of negativity that Olivier Giroud gets but I don’t think you can deny that he gives us a dimension that we are far more used to playing since he arrived and we look a weaker side when he is not included.
His hold up play is as good as any striker in the league, yes he lacks pace but the way he brings our other players into the game is vital. You can see the trust that the other players have when he picks up the ball, and he is normally involved in much of our goals. That could be either for an assist or to finish it off.
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With the amount of games that we have over the next 3 weeks we need him to be in the same vein as he was against Newcastle. I think the front 3 looks very capable of opening Liverpool’s defence up on Saturday from what I saw with them against Utd. I’d also be confident that with Liverpool playing 3 midfielders as their strike force, or with the possibility of playing a Balotelli or a Lambert, that we have a great chance to put right the 5-1 drubbing from this fixture last season.
Stoke aside things have been going in the right direction and our side, especially the defence, should look far more solid on Sunday with Chambers able to move back into centre half and Debuchy moving to right back. Allowing us now to have a capable Bellerin on the bench.
I think the battle we need to worry about on Saturday is the physical one in midfield. Liverpool will likely have Gerrard and Henderson against probably Flamini and Coquelin. It looks as though the Ox won’t be fit, so we could lack a little for strength as our players who are fit like Cazorla are more offensive then players who are going to be up for the dirtier side of a midfield battle.
I really feel confident about the game on Sunday and I have a guest writer (a lifetime Liverpool Fan) who will be providing his thoughts on the game from their perspective. And also giving his thoughts on how he sees Arsenal.
In the meantime, I think today should be a day where we celebrate perhaps the greatest player in our history. Do let us know your favourite Theirry moment.