Hello, hello. How are we today? It’s an action-packed Tuesday post so sit tight and enjoy.
I’ll start with Arsene Wenger, who has been talking about our recent form and the struggles that our nearest challengers have had lately. Commenting on the lucky escapes by Manchester United, Chelsea and Aston Villa over the weekend and Liverpool’s draw with Everton, the manager remains adamant in his belief that their struggles should give our boys hope. He is refusing to use the t-word, however, preferring instead on remaining focused on continuing the decent run the side has produced of late. He said:
“We do not speak about title at the moment, we just go from game to game. We on are a good run and have good momentum so let’s just keep it going.”
The trouble is, no-one seems to have told Emmanuel Adebayor:
“Why can’t we win the title? If we keep going and keep winning games, let’s see where we are at the end of the season.”
Whoopsy daisy. At this stage I tend to be on Wenger’s side when it comes to talk of the title. In my opinion we CAN certainly win the title, but whether we do or not will hugely depend on Manchester United dropping points. If we win their game in hand we will be 9 points behind, which while not insurmountable, is a figurative mountain to climb. However, I’m the sort of person who won’t give up until the mathematics say otherwise and I feel with a signing or two (more on Arshavin in a second) we’ll have a first team squad that can put the sort of run together that wins titles.
As I said yesterday, we’re unbeaten in the last eight games and have won the last three, a huge turnaround from the shambolic performances at Stoke and Manchester City. As Wenger has indicated, what remains important is that the boys carry on this run for as long as possible and continue to build a winning mentality. The sort of mentality that can allow us some more comfortable wins, at the same time providing us the resources to win games where a draw looks more likely, such as at Hull.
Moving on to the latest news about Andrei Arshavin and it seems as though our pursuit for the Russian is nearing a positive outcome. According to quotes from Zenit St Petersburg manager Dick Advocaat the playmaker is set to leave shortly with Arsenal the likely destination:
“Negotiations with Arsenal continue and the chances are very high that Arshavin will soon play in the English Premier League.”
There has been some suggestions that with Kaka’s move to City falling through, the Manchester side might turn their attention towards going for Arshavin. I tend to agree with the comments made by Gilberto Silver from Gunnerblog, however, who suggested that although City could easily outmuscle us in a financial battle, Arshavin would not represent the type of marquee signing that they are looking for. As a result, I can see us tying up the deal quite soon and would probably expect an announcement within the next day or two so stay tuned.
Finally today are some comments from a couple of Arsenal’s more senior players. William Gallas has indicated that he wants to see out the remainder of his contract with Arsenal while injured midfielder Tomas Rosicky has suggested he is not as far away from a return to action as Wenger and the club have perhaps indicated.
I think they’re both good pieces of news. Gallas remains the outstanding central defender in our squad and the absence of Rosicky has left a big hole out wide. Theo Walcott was beginning to look the part before his shoulder injury but I’ve no doubt in my mind that had the Czech been fit throughout the past year then he would have been first-choice on the right. Let’s hope his comments have something more substantial to them than just hope.
Anyhoo, that’s it for today. I’m off to get absolutely shattered via hardcore pre-season fitness training in 30 degrees heat. Pray I’ll be back alive tomorrow.
Have your say on the T-word, Arshavin, Rosicky or Gallas by leaving a comment.