5 reasons for Arsenal fans to be optimistic

I may have been a bit negative yesterday so today I thought I’d turn things around. Here goes…

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1. Unlike Liverpool, we’re still in the Champions League. Unlike Manchester United, we’re guaranteed top spot.

2. A win over Chelsea would see us 5 points from top with a game in hand. Not bad really.

3. We have a 100% record at home this season scoring 20 goals in five games and conceding just four while Chelsea have lost two of their six games on the road.

4. According to PhysioRoom.com Abou Diaby is likely to be available on Sunday to provide some much needed height while Gael Clichy’s return is also just around the corner.

5. Alex Song has just signed a contract extension.

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Take it easy kids, more tomorrow.

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25 Responses to “5 reasons for Arsenal fans to be optimistic”

  1. Michael
    November 26, 2009 at 7:18 pm #

    Good showing today. That’s more like it. Even though I shared some of your pessimism yesterday.

    We can beat the chavs on Sunday.

  2. Ole Gunner
    November 26, 2009 at 7:21 pm #

    I can come up with 500 good reasons. Number 1, we’re the greatest club the world has ever seen.

    No need to switch moods with the wind mate.

  3. goonergerry
    November 26, 2009 at 7:27 pm #

    I agree- Only thing is Chelsea. If we are sharp and go to war we have a chance -if we play like last year we will get hammered – again.

  4. craig
    November 26, 2009 at 7:28 pm #

    Somebody please tell me, why oh why is everybody so afraid of Chelsea.We must believe and support that Arsenal can beat anyone on the day.Up the arse!!!

  5. Andy @ Arsenal FC Blog
    November 26, 2009 at 7:47 pm #

    @ Ole – Just felt good today. Not afraid of Chelsea was just a bit down in the dumps yesterday and needed a boost.

  6. john makokha
    November 26, 2009 at 7:53 pm #

    i believewe will beat chelsea no matter how it is we have to.since we have hold other team so chelsea is not a tough team to panic.we need to have high aim n confidence to win this sutarday.

  7. Enos
    November 26, 2009 at 8:05 pm #

    Arsenal 2 Chelsea 1
    Go Gunners!!!!!

  8. brdgunner
    November 26, 2009 at 8:12 pm #

    That physio is worse than ours. His dates are well off. Diaby wont be back.

    Like the positive angle.

    I fancy beating Chelsea this weekend. We are at home.

  9. book review
    November 26, 2009 at 8:12 pm #

    my prediction
    Arsenal 2-0 Chelsea

  10. Hey Nonny Mouse
    November 26, 2009 at 8:26 pm #

    Even Sylvestre had a good game when he came on Tuesday. After he lost out in a tackle and got dumped on his ass about halfway up the field – he picked himself up, raced back, caught up with the same player and tackled him back before he could get the shot in. I was dead impressed.

  11. Hey Nonny Mouse
    November 26, 2009 at 8:32 pm #

    Where’s ‘The Goon’ – Phillip Senderos? He’s not even on the bench now. He’s not playing for the reserves. What’s happened? I’d rather have him in the team ‘for height’ than…you know who…

  12. Dr.Konga george
    November 26, 2009 at 9:01 pm #

    Look up the arse!!!@ol .we will plant our young ones up there!and the chavs know that, but they have no wherewithal to do anything.we will tame them with sheer force!go gunners go¡

  13. wandega
    November 26, 2009 at 9:22 pm #

    Guys am a Sendoros fan tho i wouldnt fancy him playing against Chel.Tho i would select him first against blandabarsted Silvestre.Wenger be serious Senderos was responsible for Arsenals Champions league final clean sheets in 2006 and he has got experience playing first team football in Ac Millan.

  14. wandega
    November 26, 2009 at 9:28 pm #

    Fear not gunners. Last season gunners looked so weak visiting the birdge but got the 3 points courtersy of V.P. At home Arshvine can raise to the occassion cause it is only Chelsea he hasnt scored against.Should Gallas keep his line and leave attacking duties to responsible authorities ,then we have 3 sweet points in the bag though i dont expect any stupid mistake from Almunia.

  15. will
    November 26, 2009 at 9:30 pm #

    Gallas is expected to be available (great he loves chelski!) with bruises and all. I have seen him take quite a few bangs this year with no fuss and got on with it with courage. I would like to say to him – you been awesome and glad you got over the captains thing and are key memeber of out backbone – pls keep it up. I agree with other poster about tatics – we only have one good way of playing and we will concede a goal from a set piece. So lets run at them at great speed with attack after attack. We need to just a bit more clinical in front of goal. If old Nik (we used to call young nik Anelka) steals a second for them we have to be willing to score 3 or more. Given our average not beyond a possiblity even against a very good Cheski defense. I say lets go for it – lets see what this amazing team can do. Back bone of this team is the centre backs, song and Fab and rvp. When we have this the rest can be interchanged. Come on the gunners, go for it

  16. simon rose
    November 26, 2009 at 9:38 pm #

    I think drawing at West Ham was more damaging than losing at Sunderland.

    It was a shame to lose at Sunderland and the predictable big deal has been made of the defeat. Our title challenge is over, it was never real anyway and now the media can get it on with deciding when Chelsea or Manchester United have won the title, usually despite most of the season being left to play.

    There is always a ridiculous media clamour to decide when something decidedly undecided has been decided: that a particular team is ‘out’ of a race, or that a particular race is ‘over’, or that a relegation issue has been all but settled. We are barely one third of the way into this season and yet we’re being told these things.

    Apparently whichever of Hull City and West Ham lost their game at the weekend that team was all but relegated. As if! They drew, does that mean that they are both now down? That will be a big relief to the teams just above them, it’s all over! Spotting trends is one thing, deciding that trends cannot change is premature to say the least.

    Every match offers three points. If you lose the match you have, on the face of it, missed out on three points. But you start each match with one point at 0-0 and if you can’t offer enough to win the match then you may not get close to landing the three points on offer. As I argued in an issue of The Gooner last season, defeats are not all they are cracked up to be.

    If you are heading towards a sound win and yet end up losing the match then that is clearly the most damaging of defeats and it really is a case of dropping three points. But if you are only heading towards a draw and a win doesn’t look likely, then to lose is to go from one point to no points. You have only really dropped a point.

    At Sunderland we did not look likely to win. We didn’t play well, we made few chances and a late sneaked goal looked our best chance. That late sneaked goal duly did arrive, it’s just that it arrived for Sunderland. We were heading towards 0-0 and one point but we lost 1-0 and got no points. In effect, we only really dropped a point.

    Defeats may be unwelcome but to lose from a drawing position is not as damaging as to draw from a winning position. At West Ham we were 2-0 up late on and heading to a strong three points, but we blew it and drew 2-2. We went from three points to one point in that one split-second of West Ham’s second goal. That was a win blown and two points lost, Sunderland away was a draw blown and one point lost.

    So why did we lose at Sunderland? How could our brilliant high-scoring ‘beautiful football’ heroes lose 1-0 at Sunderland? Firstly, context has a lot to do with it. It is often said that it is tough to have an away match straight after an international break.

    This was an international break where many of our players were away trying all-out to qualify for the summer’s World Cup, some playing deep into extra time to qualify and others not managing to qualify at all. Arsenal followed this with just about our most distant away game of the season. That is a hell of a tough call.

    If we’d played Sunderland at home we would probably have got away with a bit of a tame display and managed a 1-0 win ourselves, while readily admitting that it could have been worse.

    Secondly and rather unhelpfully Sunderland played well. I’ve said many times that Steve Bruce is an excellent manager and is very shrewd. He makes good signings, good tactical decisions and gets the best out of players. The context was good timing for Sunderland but they still needed to take advantage. An average team would have avoided losing to Arsenal in the context and been delighted with a 0-0 draw. Sunderland realised they could take advantage and were not shy about trying.

    Losing at Sunderland will not decide Arsenal’s season, how many wins we get will. In any competition, you need wins to achieve success. Defeats are no target but draws are almost as damaging. If you are heading to defeat but manage a draw you ‘pull off’ gaining a point, but to draw from a winning position is a clear loss of two points.

    We lost more at West Ham than we did at Sunderland even though it wasn’t a defeat – what we must gain from it is to learn how to hold on to wins, because it is wins that are the be-all and end-all not defeats.

  17. Abba Damaturu
    November 26, 2009 at 9:45 pm #

    I hope our back line will not go forward cos chelski do sit back n catch u on d counter

  18. GunnerBoss
    November 26, 2009 at 11:05 pm #

    Nothing really positive at the moment…We need the players to step up and ransack the CHELSKUM. Then everything will go back positive

  19. GetGunMN
    November 27, 2009 at 2:49 am #

    I believe we are the victims of our own success. We create scoring chances out of nothing, where other teams wouldn’t, and if we don’t score, we are all wasteful and careless. Wenger’s gripe last weekend was the fact that we didn’t create enough chances to score. I still agree with @Simon Rose above as being one of the few reasons why we didn’t do well. My disappointment was that the critics were proven right, yet again. We were expected not to do well and we duly obliged.

    @Andy, don’t worry buddy, even you deserve a complaint once in awhile!

    Even if I feel it is very important to beat Chelsea this coming weekend, I’m not too worried about losing. I don’t even want a scrappy win, I want them to outplay them and put a couple of goals in.

    As to our striker issue, I believe Wenger is being fair to both Edwardo and Vela. He has given them their chances to stake claim here. Both did not take advantage of the chances they got so far. Whoever starts this weekend and influence the outcome of this game will be our striker up until VP comes back.

    Who is playing left back this weekend, Eboue or Troure? At Sunderland, who was supposed to cover Campbell?

  20. Anonymous
    November 27, 2009 at 7:48 am #

    If Gallas isnt able to play against Chelsea and the problem at left back, not to mention Rvps absence we have a couple of issues for the team but here would be my line up:
    Almunia
    Eboue-Verm-Song-Sagna
    Fabregas-Denilson/Diaby(DM)-Nasri
    Walcott-Eduardo-Arshavin.
    Fabianski, Senderos, Traore, Deni/Diaby, Rosicky, Vela, Ramsey

  21. Ianinja
    November 27, 2009 at 12:30 pm #

    Simon Rose? Isnt he an author? Despite the injuries this isn’t the time to use that as a reason that we can’t match Chelsea. Whether its Ramsey, Silves or whoever Arsene chooses in the lineup I expect them to give a winning mentality and not give in to Chelsea mind games. Its a bit surprising to see Arsenal supporters feeling inferior to another team, even the time of graham 1-0 arsenal we just went into games going for it.

  22. Hey Nonny Mouse
    November 27, 2009 at 5:12 pm #

    Hello fellow Gooners – God I love our team and it’s so good to read all the comments from the wonderful Arsenal supporters from all around the world. All those who appreciate great football. Of course we CAN beat The Rent Boys – but WILL we beat them is another matter? I don’t think there can be any question that currently they are the best team in the Prem – and so they should be – they are the most expensively assembled (and paid) team in the history of the Premier League. Their Russian criminal owner has lavished money on his toy football club like a favourite whore. Our team. our club, is founded on more solid ground though and if we click into gear we’ll have them on toast.
    I’d play Walcott, Nasri and Eduardo up front. Nice. Arshavin on the bench but definitely to make an appearance in 2nd half. I expect Traore will come in for Gibbs/Clichy – and it’s a good time for him to show what he’s got as he is very talented. I’m sure Gallas will play despite injury and he’s been superb this season. Good on you, Bill. Sagna and ‘The Verminator’ of course. Fab, Song and Denilsen midfield. we’ll need a big performance from Almunia as they’ll definitely get some shots in.

    We owe these mercenary scumbags some payback for last season.

  23. utch
    November 27, 2009 at 7:54 pm #

    It’s nice 2 have your confidence back.That match is a must win,i can’t say how,but we will win.

  24. oscar
    November 28, 2009 at 9:07 pm #

    ya like you iam optimistic about our chances as long as players are sharper in front of goal, no too much romance with the ball in front of goal because this time quicker thinking is more needed to ambush the(at the moment) over confident chelsea boys!

  25. GraetOrmondSreet
    November 30, 2009 at 10:55 pm #

    What a tough game to watch yesterday, hope the boys will be able to bounce back for the next one.One positive aspect of yesterdays match was that the Arsenal players and directors all donated their day’s wage to Great Ormond Street Hospital.You can help Arsenal reach their goal of raising £500,000 for Great Ormond Street Hospital by donating through their Be a Gooner, Be a Giver homepage,http://www.beagoonerbeagiver.org/ Cheers!

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