I just wrote an absolutely epic post for today covering Arsene Wenger’s thoughts on Andrei Arshavin, Manchester City and Kaka, injuries in the squad as well as the game against Hull. And now, thanks to an unfortunate click of the wrong button, it’s all gone.
It’s a blogger’s worst nightmare come to life when they write a great article and then delete it. I’ve done it before a couple of times before, but never on something so detailed as today’s post. As such, I’m pretty f#$@*%g annoyed right now.
I can’t really be bothered going back through it all again so I’ll just summarise the main points. I hope you understand. Here goes:
- Wenger strongly hinted that Andrei Arshavin negotiations are progressing well, despite admitting that the signing could be some way off yet. With regards to this, I think we all need a sense of perspective to not to count our chickens before they hatch or risk being severely disappointed.
- The manager thinks Manchester City are living in a fantasy land, something I whole-heartedly agree with.
- He also thinks that the return of Fabregas, Walcott, Rosicky and Eduardo will be like new signings. To a certain extent I agree but it shouldn’t stop him bringing in a couple of new players while the window is open.
With regards to the game against Hull City, Alex Song faces a late fitness test to be named available while the rest of the squad is the same as the one that beat Bolton a week ago. I think we’ll begin with the same starting team that defeated Bolton and that should be good enough to beat a Hull side that are badly struggling for form.
In terms of players to watch you can’t go past Robin van Persie and Samir Nasri at the moment. They’re in great form and are the players most likely to break the game open and ensure we get the three points.
On the flipside, the players who should be under firm scrutiny by the manager are Abou Diaby and Emmanuel Adebayor. The former in particular has not blossomed as an attacking-midfielder and, with Arshavin seemingly on his way, needs to be on his toes to avoid being dropped back to the bench. As for Adebayor, he’s struggling to find that killer instinct in front of goals at the moment and needs to start finding the back of the net or risk losing his spot to Nicklas Bendtner.
I think we’ll beat Hull tomorrow and I think we’ll beat them well. Here’s to three points and a return to form.
PS. I know it’s not Arsenal-related but check out this goal. Why Milan let this boy go out on loan I will never know.
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