Hello there. I must warn you that I’m feeling a little bit down today. It’s nothing football-related, just been a long day and I’m glad to see the end of it. Now that I think about it I really should get a beer while I write…
* rushes off to get a Beck’s *
Ah – refreshing! There’s nothing better than a well-crafted German beer to lift the spirits. Anyway, where was I? Ah yes, the Arsenal Football Club. It feels a bit a strange writing a match preview the day after writing a match report but with West Ham on Saturday that is exactly what I’m having to do.
Team news is excellent according to the manager. We have no new injuries and that means that the same players that were available against Everton will all be able to take part against West Ham. At the moment it’s Cesc Fabregas, Tomas Rosicky, Theo Walcott and Mikael Silvestre on the injury table – although Eduardo can effectively be counted among that bunch – and that means a decent side should turn out against the Hammers.
Arsene Wenger has indicated that he will rotate with the important FA Cup replay against Cardiff on Tuesday. The big question is who gets the chop? Those who read yesterday’s post will be aware of the problems I have with the current leadership in our midfield and I hope the Alex Song/Abou Diaby/Denilson combination gets broken up somehow. Denilson has played a lot of football this season and looked really lethargic against Everton so it might be that Emmanuel Eboue (sigh) gets the nod, although he can hardly be classified as a leader.
There has been a lot of support on this blog lately for pushing Kolo Toure into midfield. And although the manager will never, ever, ever do it – he’s cited Toure’s lack of engine as the reason – I really think it would help our young midfield through a difficult patch. In my opinion the combination of Toure and Song would promote both the defense stability and creativity in the side by allowing the two wide midfielders to push on without abandon. It’s an idea, one that’s never going to happen, but an interesting one regardless.
If we thought three points away to Everton was essential then three points at home to West Ham is super-dooper-absolutely-mega-vitally-essential. Or something like that. A win would see us move to within three points of both Liverpool and Chelsea, who play each other on Sunday. Meanwhile Aston Villa, who currently sit five ahead of us, play in-form Wigan and there’s every chance that they could drop points in that game. What money on Emile Heskey scoring against his former club though?
I’ll be watching tomorrow night’s game at the Pig ‘n’ Whistle Riverside so if you’re a Brisbane Gooner then be sure to get down there and support the boys. Hopefully they can do the business.
PS. You’ll notice that I haven’t spoken about Andrei Arshavin today. It feels good, to be honest. However, if we do sign the stressfully annoying Russian over the weekend then you’ll be the first to know. Cheers.