Our season always seems to have one defining week, a week when we play in a quarter final, a semi final and a very important Premiership game within 8 days or less.
This is that week, the week that supporting a big club is all about. Spuds supporters don’t even know what this feels like, they can only take the piss when it all goes Alex Song..
And boy does it go wrong, why??? Is it luck?? Is it strength in depth?? Is it poor refereeing decisions??
Well Mr Wenger OBE I would like to blame in on the injuries, I would like to blame it on squad depth, but it’s getting a bit of a coincidence now isn’t it. Ever since 2004 when Wayne Bridge’s late goal sent us packing out of the Champions League we have struggled in the crucial games,…I love it when we get this far but scared.
It’s your youth system, the players that you use every week through the season freeze at the big games, then when we lose the first match the season collapses like a set of domino’s on one of Norris McWhirter’s world record attempts.
They can play in the ‘mundane’ Premier League week in week out because they are relaxed, but these games take them out of that comfort zone and they are pumped up..
This is where we miss the individuals who can step up their game and roll up their sleeves.
Some Arsenal supporters will not tolerate it again this year and there will be a big shout to buy experience in the summer and to be fair we have the nice shiny stadium now so they have a point..
When we reached the Champs League final in 2006 we done it with an injury crisis in a similar position when we had our two first choice left backs out at the same time,and we used a midfield player to fill that position at the later stages up until the final, this year it is the left centre back that is the problem position and the left back area too, we are now reliant on youth and the man who a lot of people criticised Arsene for buying.
We will win tonight, but we also need to win convincingly The main men now have to step up Fabregas, Sagna, Toure will lets hope RvP and Ade will too they want the big boys wages let’s see some big boy performances..
Diaby is fit for tonight, and Dudu.
…Saga. Toure Silvestre Gibbs.
..Walcott Fabregas Denilson Nasri
The semi final place isn’t a done deal yet and we are not capable of playing defensively so I’m going for 3-2…