Hello again and a very happy St Patrick’s Day to you all – particularly Mr Arseblogger – who flies the green and red flag for all of those Irish Arsenal supporters out there.
It’s Hull City tonight in the FA Cup and should things go well then there’s sure to happy, drunk Arsenal supporters roaming the streets of London and Dublin tonight. Heck, even if we don’t win tonight I’m sure there will be drunk supporters roaming the streets because when it comes down to it, that’s exactly what St Patrick’s Day is all about. I for one hope you enjoy it.
In the build-up to the clash with Hull, Arsene Wenger has praised the contributions of three of the big performers from the weekend game; Andrey Arshavin, Theo Walcott and Nicklas Bendtner. The manager revealed his surprise at how hard our new Russian signing has worked since joining the club, calling him a ‘man of challenges’ as well as hailing Walcott’s improvement over the past year and insisting that he is not worried by Bendtner’s current form.
I don’t think anyone could deny that Arshavin looks to have everything it takes to be a star in England while Walcott, since returning, has looked even better was before dislocating his shoulder. And while Bendtner had a tough time of things in front of goal on Saturday there’s no denying the role he has been playing of late and his long-term potential as an Arsenal player is undeniable. In short, all three are looking good.
Ironically, there is a decent chance that none of the three will start against Hull. Arshavin is fighting to recover from the eight stitches he recevied in his foot at half-time in the win over Blackburn while Bendtner and Walcott are, in my opinion likely to be rested for Robin van Persie and Carlos Vela or Emmanuel Eboue.
Meanwhile Manuel Almunia, who would have been benched for Lukasz Fabianski anyway, is unavailable as a result of El Hadji Diouf’s shocker of a tackle while Gael Clichy will be rested for Kieran Gibbs. Tomas Rosicky is still out and has unfortunately had another two weeks added to his recovery, the poor bugger. Other changes we could expect to the starting team would be William Gallas and Abou Diaby coming in for Kolo Toure and perhaps Denilson, who both played full games against Roma and Blackburn in the last week and could definitely use a break.
Regardless of who plays, however, we have a side that is more than capable of getting the win at home to Hull to ensure passage to a delicious semi-final clash with Chelsea. The game on Saturday showed what impact an early goal can have and another one against Hull would certainly set us on the way.
Anyway, that’s really all there is to say for today. Have a delightful St Patrick’s Day and “‘Ere’s Cheers!” to another strong performance and a semi-final match-up with Chelsea.
Come on Arsenal!!!
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