A very good evening to you all.
Things are fairly quiet at the moment and you have to say that’s a good thing. There’s not a lot to say on the blog because the team is traveling well and there’s very little to complain about.
Most of the very minimal negative comments to come out of the draw with Alkmaar was the suggestion that complacency might be rearing it’s ugly head. Abou Diaby mentioned last weekend that he thought the team switched off after going 2-0 up against Birmingham and Bacary Sagna echoed those sentiments following the late equaliser in Holland. He said:
“Tonight we switched off because we thought maybe that the game was over and they scored a nice goal. With injury time, we have to concentrate 95 minutes these days. Tonight we only concentrated for maybe 90 minutes so we just have to learn from it and take all the positives we can.”
Complacency is something that really needs to be avoided this season and for the large part thus far, it has. I think in many ways it was good to see the boys punished for their snoozing late on against Alkmaar given that it will be a firm wake-up call with difficult fixtures against West Ham and Tottenham in the league and Liverpool in the Carling Cup coming up next. To be reminded in a fairly trivial Champions League game (we’re extremely likely to qualify, after all) is far better than in the league so hopefully Diaby, Sagna and the rest of the squad have learned their lesson and can improve on things going forward.
One player who is an outside chance to return to the squad for this weekend’s clash with West Ham is Samir Nasri. The little Frenchman has recovered from his pre-season leg break and played almost an hour in the reserve team’s 2-2 draw with Wolverhampton on Tuesday (check out a full match report here).
I must say I’m very happy to have Nasri back. He’s certainly one of my favourite players and will provide not only more attacking options but also some deeper midfield cover for the likes of Cesc Fabregas and even Alex Song. I have little doubt in my mind that had he not broken his leg then Nasri would have joined Alex Song and the captain in the manager’s favoured midfield trio from the start of the season. He’ll have some work to do to get his spot back with Tomas Rosicky back in the fold and Diaby getting plenty of time, but I’m certainly looking forward to seeing what Nasri can add to the team once he’s back to full fitness.
Anyway that’s really it for today. I just want to finish off with a birthday message to our beloved manager, Arsene Wenger, who turns 60 today. Happy Birthday Arsene and may there be plenty more to come!
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