I really can’t believe it’s the last game of the season today.
It’s been quite an exhausting season from a personal point of view. So many late nights, so many stressful matches and so much emotion in the posts and comments on the blog. I make no bones about the fact that I am a little bit drained and in many ways I’m happy to see the curtain fall on the 2009/10 season.
In saying that, Arsenal is Arsenal and I’m going to miss cheering on the boys for the next three months. The World Cup will certainly help but hoping for Cesc Fabregas to do well for Spain is not quite the same as watching Theo Walcott and Tomas Rosicky pile on top of Abou Diaby after he scores a winner against Liverpool.
That we have to get a result today today to guarantee third is little disappointing: but with Fulham likely to field a reserve team on the eve of the Europa Cup Final in Hamburg, that is what we should finish. A loss coupled with a Spurs win would see the unthinkable sight of our North London rivals finishing above us, so motivation should be high in the camp to ensure that does not happen.
Options are limited with a host of players still sitting in the injury room. This paragraph – taken directly from the Arsenal website – sums it all up:
“A raft of injuries just add to the feeling that Arsenal are limping over the line to third place. Cesc Fabregas (knee), William Gallas (calf), Thomas Vermaelen (calf), Denilson (groin), Manuel Almunia (wrist) and Aaron Ramsey (leg) were out well before Monday’s trip to Blackburn. Tomas Rosicky (ankle), Alex Song (knee), Nicklas Bendtner (groin) and Gael Clichy (ankle) dropped out before the game. Only the last of those has any chance for Sunday. Wenger’s squad is stretched to the point that he may bring in midfielder Henri Lansbury after he completed a successful loan spell at Watford last week.”
My younger brother Patrick was lucky enough to score tickets to the game (thanks to the kindness of Guardian journalist Amy Lawrence) so I’m hoping he and the rest of the 60,000 strong crowd at The Emirates are rewarded with the right result today.
Let’s hope the boys can finish things off on a good note.
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