December 18th 2010, Stoke were heading to The Emirates to face us in the Premier League but the weather put pay to that fixture.
We had not long found out that we had been drawn against Barcelona in the Champions League and near on everyone wrote us off as soon as their name came out of the hat. In fact back then I think the same people wrote off our chances of winning anything this season, let alone a home fixture against the so-called ‘best team in the world’.
So here we are two months later and things are a tad different – we have beaten Barcelona in the first leg of Champions League fixture, we are in the Carling Cup Final on Sunday, still in the FA Cup and sit second in the league only a few points behind the leaders.
Do those same people still write us off?
Of course they do, they sit around just waiting to be proved right about their judgement of this current Arsenal squad. Let them continue and let us concentrate on our job. Maybe then we will be able to shove it right back at them at the end of the season.
Tonight is another chance for us to gain some ground on the Mancs for a few days, a win will see us just one point behind the current leaders. Let them feel the heat going into their next game. We cannot afford a slip up, especially against a Stoke side who is responsible for you know what…
We may be without Robin van Persie and Koscielny but this is the time for those coming in to step up, show all us fans that they have more about them than we saw at the weekend. Chamakh, Bendtner or Arshavin will no doubt step in for Robin and Squillaci will probably play alongside Djourou at the back. All of those players stepping in for the injured/rested need to earn their wage tonight and not just strut around for 90 minutes on a jolly….
Sunday is on every Arsenal fans mind I am sure but tonight is equally important in a very different way, tonight is about maintaining the long haul in the league, Sunday is all about a one-off game which happens to hand out a trophy to the winners… (Who am I trying to kid ;) )
Tonight is massive, not just for our Premier League pursuit, it’s not even about Tony Pulis, Stoke City and Shawcross, it’s about football and us maintaining our momentum!
Let’s get three points off them just for Aaron Ramsey and let football win this game, nothing else.
Talking of Ramsey, how great was it to see our Welshman help Cardiff earn three points last night.
It was ‘Cracking’
Dave Jones had hoped to keep hold of Ramsey for the rest of the season but Wenger has other ideas:
He is on loan until Saturday. After that he comes back.
I intend to use him. I have had good reports from Cardiff. He could be available for the second game against Leyton Orient on Wednesday.
Great news for all Gooners, maybe not such good news for Denilson……
Have a good day all, three points tonight are a must…..