Wednesday night saw a nervous Arsenal side just manage to scrape a result against a depleted Roma outfit. Some will disagree with me but we were poor. I know we won the tie (just about via the lottery that is the dreaded penalty shootout) but in case some people didn’t realise we actually lost the game. Once again we failed to open up a team and I remember saying a while back that when Gallas has a bad game and we fail to open up a defence we will lose and that’s just what happened. Gallas and Kolo were both guilty of a concentration lapse and we lost.
The game against Blackburn will not be easy. Fat Sam likes to play percentage football, he sets his team out with the intent to work hard, close down, launch the high balls and kick the living daylights out of the opposition so we wont have it easy one bit. We’ve struggled against the physical, hard working, hoofing sides many times this season so after Wednesdays performance I expect Sir Arsene OBE CBE to have given this side a good ear bashing and I want us to take the game to Blackburn from the first whistle. An early goal would change Blackburns approach, they will be forced to open up and we could score a few.
News is that Eduardo is injured again and Cesc, Rosicky and Ade (boo hoo) are still out, so I expect Arshavin to be the only change in the squad from Wednesday. He and Theo both need to start, which means I dont want our starting line up to include Nikki “brickwall” Bendtner or Eboue “the clown”.
Ive got a horrible feeling Wenger will play
Sagna Kolo Gallas Clichy
Eboue(free role) Denilson Song Diaby
Thats not going to win us anything.
The team I want to start is
Sagna Kolo Gallas Gibbs
Theo Denilson Song Nasri
Almunia is nervous when it comes to hoofing teams so I want Fabianski in. The lad plays like he’s on speed but he comes for everything and commands his area and thats what we’ll need.
Clichy is having some stinkers this season and enoughs enough. He needs to be dropped for a few games and Gibbs is the man for the job. Ive always liked Gibbs, so I’d like him to start.
Im not the biggest fan of either Denilson or Song, but if they just sit and protect and let the foursome of Nasri, Theo, RvP and Arshavin all interchange and do the attacking we should be defensively ok and rip Blackburn apart attack wise. Songs physical presence will be needed, I cant believe im saying that!!!!!
This game is the one where I expect our man from Russia to have a blinder and score his 1st goal for us, maybe even two. It was obvious he wasn’t fully fit when we signed him but he has shown glimpses in the last few games to suggest his ‘pre season’ is coming to an end and we will see some attacking prowess return to our squad.
We need to win this one because Villa have hit the skids and are dropping points all over and their fixtures over the next few weeks doesn’t do them any favours, so i’ll be cheering the Spuds on too believe it or not. We will take fourth spot this weekend and Villa won’t get it back so come on Arshavin, show the Premier League what your about.
Lets hope the Mancs do a job over the Bin Dippers too and bring them back down to earth after the Madrid result. It gives us a better chance to catch them too and finish the season higher than fourth. Wouldn’t that be sweet if we play our squad players all season with our stars out for most of it and we still finish 2nd in the PL and win the FA cup and CL. The Bindippers wouldn’t even finish in the top 6 without Gerrard and Torres in the squad for 75% of games so it just shows really how good a job Wenger is doing with this team.
The performance against Roma wasn’t the best, but we got through and i’m hoping the confidence and the team bonding a shootout win can give a team will be the lift and gelling influence this team needed.
Lets give Blackburn a damn good hiding and show the teams above us (except for the Mancs) that they are writing us off at their peril.
4-0 to the Arsenal guys. You heard it hear 1st.