Sweet mother of mercy – what is going on with Andrei Arshavin?
One minute the deal’s on, the next minute it’s off. Then it’s on again, then it’s off again. It reminds me off that clip from The Simpsons where Mrs. Krabappel keeps teasing Bart with a yo-yo. It’s cruel and evil and I don’t like it.
The latest news on this topic is of course the word from Arsene Wenger in the pre-Everton press conference that we have not actually agreed a fee for Arshavin and that we are not close to concluding any transfers. However, after watching the press conference and reading both the manger’s voice and his body language I’ve come to the optimistic conclusion that he’s telling fibs.
I of course can’t substantiate that with anything other than a previously excellent sense of intuition and an increasinly desperate desire for the transfer to go through. It’s just my opinion and it could well be wrong, but at the same time my gut tells me that Wenger’s telling wobblies and there might even have someone else coming in along with Arshavin.
Thankfully the transfer annoyances can be put to one side tonight with the boys facing what is quickly forming as a crunch game against Everton. With Manchester United smashing five past West Brom and Villa sneaking past Pompey we’re now nine points off the top and six off Villa and anything less than a win would heap sever pressure on Arsenal’s situation.
Everton are on a decent run of their own at the moment and are going to be extremely tough to beat away from home. They’ve put in two good performances in a row against Liverpool (*cough*chokers*cough*) despite being forced to play Tim Cahill in the lone-striker role. Nevertheless, as I say before most games, the players we have at our disposal are more than good enough to get the win we require at Goodison Park.
Emmanuel Adebayor will surely return to the starting team in the place of Nicklas Bendtner while the manager needs to choose two from three of Alex Song, Denilson and Abou Diaby in the middle of the pitch. Teacher’s pet Emmanuel Eboue is likely to start on the right with Samir Nasri on the left, although if I was manager I’d be moving Denilson to the right and allowing Song and Diaby to pair up in the middle.
At the back Wenger has admitted he has a decision to make with the return from injury of William Gallas. In terms of getting a result I think Johan Djourou has to remain in the starting side and that means a choice between Gallas and Kolo Toure. Who he goes for I’m not really bothered, but Toure hasn’t done anything particularly wrong in the past few games and it would be somewhat harsh if he was benched again.
I’m feeling extremely excited about this game. It’s going to take a performance of real determination and character for Arsenal to overcome the Goodison crowd and get the job done against David Moyes’ side. Once again it’s a matter of which Arsenal side shows up; the one which sensationally beat Manchester United and Chelse; the one which wobbled to a draw and a defeat at Stoke and Villa Park; or the one which sneaked out results against Bolton and Portsmouth.
I’d take the latter, but I’ll be hoping for the former. The middle option is just too scary to think about. Come on Arsenal!!!
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* May not have been a fib. Claims of fibbing are completely subjective to this blogger’s opinion. Anyone who is unhappy with this can take it up with Mama Fry.