Well here we go again then, Saturday lunchtime kick off, live on Sky Sports and one thing we don’t need is a repeat of last Saturday’s showing or Wednesday’s dull performance.
We know Cesc is out as is Eboue, Diaby, Vermaelen, Frimpong and Clichy. Oh, and Almunia! That’s according to AFC.com so if I’m wrong, blame them, don’t shoot the messenger… Some suggestion is though that Clichy faces a late test and Almunia is back in contention!
I’m not even going to guess at our first eleven, we’ll know that soon enough.
Onto Villa, a team under a relatively new manager in post, Gerard Houllier and a side which could include our old hero Robert Pires. Like us, they are having a topsy turvy season and the last two games has seen them throw away a two goal lead at home to Manchester United to draw and then last weekend they were beaten by Fat Sam’s Blackburn away from home.
We all know though, latest form and results mean nothing in this league, it’s all about who on the day has the more fight and desire to win. If we can turn up at Villa Park and show the commitment we did at Eastlands then we can win. Play with the lack of passion and desire we showed this time last weekend then no doubt we will come away with nothing.
Villa have some quality players, a strong goal keeper in Friedel, Steven Ireland in midfield who maybe struggling to settle at his new club but on his day he would walk into most Premier League sides and of course up front we all know how good Agbonlahor and Young are. Last weekend they were all off form against Blackburn, I’m hoping they continue that form today otherwise our defence are in for a tough time.
This is our second chance to go top and even if it is only for a few hours just being there might lift the players, make them realise that it’s not a pipe dream, it really is a possibility and we can win the league. But, we won’t if they don’t start working together, working for themselves and working for the club.
We have all chewed the cud in the past week, wondering what is going wrong, who’s to blame and how to put it right if we were the manager. Reality is, we are not and we can do nothing. One man can though and that’s Arsene Wenger. He’s had a tough week, watching his side throw a two goal lead against our rivals only to lose the game then going to Portugal and losing against a poor side in Braga. So yes it’s been tough.
It’s been tough for us fans too and as I’ve already said, one man can put right all that’s been going wrong. That has to come from his pre-match talk, his half- time talk, his instructions during the game and of course his timing of substitutions and changing of tactics if needed. Then, it’s down to the players to show why the club paid so much money for them and why they deserve to wear the red and white shirt.
So come on Mr Wenger, get the best out of your players today, put a smile back on your face and the face of every Arsenal fan.
Showing ‘bottle’ wins you games, throwing them will not!!
That’s it for today……..