So many in the media say that we are a one man team, we are all about Cesc Fabregas and they even suggest that without him we have little threat. Didn’t they say the same when we had Thierry Henry in our side?
Utter bollox I say – we have a squad with players who can change a game. We have a manager who has got us playing wonderful football. Tonight that manager has to pick the best eleven and use the substitues at the right time if needed.
Porto are in the city for the second leg of the Champions League knock-out game, they have a slender 2-1 lead but we have a very important away goal. I’m not even going to talk about their players, let’s talk about us, The Arsenal!
So we don’t have our little Captain Marvel, Cesc Fabregas tonight and yes, that is dreadfully disappointing!
Reality is though, we are fortunate to have players that can cover his position; we have Rosicky, Nasri, Diaby and even Fran Merida.
Whoever steps into the gap left by Cesc must be thrilled and honoured, it’s a big pair of boots to fill, but I think they will be filled….
My bet is Nasri, he had a great game on Saturday, maybe one of his best, the dink over the top of the Burnley defence for Cesc to score
was just perfect.
Nikki had a dreadful game on Saturday, he couldn’t hit a barn door but we won and it mattered not in the end. I watched his face after he was substituted, he shrugged his shoulders and smiled, as if to say ‘I haven’t a F****** clue how I missed those chances either’. His smile was from a player who was seems happy, knowing full well the next game he will make amends. (That’s my take anyway)
So Nikki, tonight is the next game, tonight you need to select the right pair of boots, you know the ones – not the pink ones or the yellow ones, wear the ones that score goals, the goals they will see us through to the quarter final of the Champions League.
Add to Nikki’s goals, we have a confident looking Theo Walcott, we have a man who loves to score from nothing in Arshavin, and a tall long legged lad called Diaby who can also score from nothing. We have goals in us, we just need to take our chances.
In the defence we have Big Sol, a man eager to win another medal with us, to make amends for the school boy error in the first leg – trust me, he will be up for this game, he is a fighter and a winner!
In goal we have Captain Almunia, he has a point to prove, he will want to show Arsene Wenger why he should have played in the first leg!
All in all, we have a squad who are together, one that that wants to win silverware, wants to do something a little extra for Aaron Ramsey.
A squad who wants to win for their missing Captain Marvel – Do that, and maybe we will prove to a few doubters that we are not a one man team….
Right now my heart is fighting my head over the result – just hope my heart wins….
This is what tonight is about, this is the cup we all want us to win.
A nervy few hours to go, but we can do it…. We will beat Porto and we will prove that Arsenal have never been and will never will be a one man team!!