I trust you’re all feeling a bit better than you were yesterday. I’m hoping that the London-based supporters amongst us were able to give their Tottenham-supporting colleagues a great deal of rubbish about failing to score against 10 men.
An international break week (or ‘week break’, I can never work out which way around that should go) is upon us yet again. But for once it’s actually not a bad time for Arsenal to have one.
Put simply, the break should give Arsene Wenger time to sort out the way he’s going to cope with the loss of Emmanuel Adebayor. According to Croatia manager Slaven Bilic, Eduardo is set for a half-hour cameo for his country mid-week while Andrey Arshavin will have a full two weeks to get up to a level of fitness to compete for a place in the team for the Premiership clash against Sunderland on the 21st. Those two players will be vital in Adebayor’s absence and have the ability to rejuvenate the attacking side of our game, something Wenger needs to think long and hard about during the break.
There have been understandable concerns coming from both the player and the manager about Eduardo’s ability to deal psychologically with his return, but the friendly for his national team will provide a perfect continuation for his steady recover. Arshavin, on the other hand, simply needs to get match fit and considering he will miss the FA Cup replay against Cardiff through ineligibility should have ample time to prepare for first-team action.
Arsenal currently sit fifth on the Premier League table, five points behind Chelsea and seven behind Aston Villa. With the former having to cope with a change in manager after Luiz Felipe Scolari’s (ridiculous) sacking and Villa facing a very tough short-term fixture list this is the perfect time for our boys to make their move into the top four. Our next five games against Sunderland, Fulham, West Brom, Blackburn and Newcastle are extremely winnable on paper, particularly considering our fresh faces up front and the defensive improvements that have been made. Fourth is the bare minimum, but third or even second is a distinct possibility.
In truth, the lack of news means there’s not too much to add to what I’ve said today. Before I go though, I want to step away from football for the moment and mention the sad state of affairs that are the bushfires going on in rural Victoria in Australia. For those unaware, 181 people have been confirmed dead in Australia’s worst ever national disaster and thousands more have been left homeless by the horrible fire. I wouldn’t wish this sort of thing on anyone in the world and want to send my sincerest condolences to my fellow countrymen who have been affected by the crisis.
A sad way to end the post, I agree, but stories like this certainly put the Emmanuel Eboue ‘disaster’ into perspective.
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