Today is my birthday. My workmates got me some cake and I’m heading out a bit later for some pizza and drinks with some friends, so I’m pretty happy.
It’s been a good day, no question. It’s been made even better by the fact that my internet connection has decided to work today and I can do some blogging. I’m sure you’d agree that sometimes it’s the little things that give you the most pleasure.
I’ll kick things off with a little bit about my favourite player, Emmanuel Adebayor, speaking about how relieved he was to break his goalscoring drought against Reading on Monday.
“I had not scored for a while and, yes, that was on my mind. As a striker it is important to score. That is what you are judged on.”
Adebayor hadn’t scored since his hat-trick Derby and his comments are completely understandable. You just have to read some of the comments that were left on various Arsenal blogs questioning his ability after his recent goalless performances to see what I mean.
Although I think most Arsenal fans would recognise that Adebayor hasn’t been at his best lately, there wouldn’t be too many people who would against the fact that his presence up front has been invaluable despite a lack of goals. Arsene Wenger admitted that he was a little isolated against Manchester United and I feel this was a little bit the case against Liverpool as well, so hopefully with a little bit more support up front he’ll keep adding to his tally.
Recently it has been Alexander Hleb providing the support for Adebayor but the club received a huge boost yesterday with the news that Robin van Persie is set to be fit for the next Premiership game against Wigan. It’s absolutely massive news, van Persie was running a close second to Cesc Fabregas as the club’s most in-form player before he got injured, and his return will take a lot of pressure of Adebayor up top.
Changes for Wigan
Speaking of Fabregas, the yellow card he picked up against Reading was his fifth of the season and that means he will miss the game at home to Wigan. Although Fabregas has been in stunning form and will be missed against Wigan, I feel that with van Persie coming back and a host of hungry central midfielders waiting for the chance it definitely could’ve come at a worse time. There are some suggestions that Fabregas got the card deliberately to miss the game against Wigan rather than risk being unavailable for the (arguably) more difficult games against Aston Villa, Newcastle or Chelsea, but as I didn’t see I can’t really comment. Either way, I’m happy he’ll be out for the next match rather than any of the latter three.
Assuming that van Persie does get drafted straight back into the starting lineup (which is far from a guarantee) I would expect quite a narrow midfield of Tomas Rosicky, Mathieu Flamini, Gilberto Silva and Alexander Hleb to provide support front two. I would worry a little about a lack of balance in the midfield with two defensive midfielder in the side and players with a tendency to move centrally out wide, but I can’t see Wenger leaving Gilberto out of the side after the unfortunate start to the season he has had so far. Personally I would prefer the more attacking Abou Diaby to support Flamini but it would take a harsh manager to exclude everybody’s favourite Brazilian from the side.
At this stage it’s all speculation – any one of the multitude of players going out on international duty could come back injured and force the side to be restructured in any given way. With the vast array of options the side has in midfield and attack I really feel the most important thing for the side is for the back four and the goalkeeper to remain consistent for as long as possible. Since William Gallas returned from injury to replace Philippe Senderos the defence has got better and better with each game, something I would continue to expect as long as the back five remains unchanged.
That’s about it for today – I’m off for some pizza and beer. Hopefully my internet connection is kind to me again tomorrow, but I’m not counting on it and neither should you. Cheers.
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