So then what we all feared has come true, Captain Cesc and Theo are out for Sunday and someone needs to take their place. Suggestion is that Cesc has 48 hours to beg Wenger to change his mind and let him play, so we may yet see a turn around.
You know what it’s like, players go off the boil, they can’t play an accurate pass, can’t hit a barn door when it’s right in front of them and their body language just suggests that all is very wrong in their footballing world and subsequently some fans….
Recently though, two of our strugglers have got themselves on the score sheet, one won us a very important game against Barcelona and the other made sure we didn’t go out of the FA Cup.
Both Tomas Rosicky and Andrey Arshavin are class players and on a day when all things click for them they are quite capable of causing any side real problems.
I remember when the news broke about Tomas Rosicky having been allowed to leave the Czech camp in order to take part with a medical with us. I bet I wasn’t alone in feeling pretty chuffed that this guy wanted to play for us… A Czech international!
He’s had a tough time over the last few years and you don’t need me to tell you all about that but finally against Leyton Orient he broke what felt like a ten-year duck and scored a goal…… And with his head!
Tomas Rosicky hopes that this will get him back on the goals trail in the closing weeks of the season.
It’s true, we don’t see too many of those! It was a good cross from Nicklas and I just had to aim the ball towards the far corner across the goalkeeper.
Fortunately it worked out and it’s a relief to score. It’s true when people say that it can do big things for your confidence, so I just hope I can carry on now. Scoring for the Czech Republic was important too, so hopefully this is all a bit of a turnaround for me.
We all have to be patient, everyone wants to play, of course, but that’s why this team is so successful in all competitions – because we have a good squad with a lot of decent options for the manager to use.
We are the only team still in all four competitions and that’s because we have so many good players. Speaking personally, I had a difficult period when I was sick for a while and it always takes time to come back. I’m feeling better again now, and sharper, so I hope to keep performing well and want to make the best contribution I can.
It’ll be important for the whole team, remember there are a lot of young guys here that haven’t won a major trophy before so it could be a very big boost for everyone – I think that beating Birmingham could lead to more success, it’d be a huge step for the future. Once you’ve tasted how great it is to win something it makes you even hungrier for more, so it’s a vital game for us on Sunday.
The second player is our little Russian, Andrey Arshavin – his strike against Barca was just awesome and after a flow of football that some teams can only dream of being able to play. He’s also been on the end of a few fans criticism and I have to put my hands up, I was one of them.
Arshavin admits that things haven’t been good for him and he partially blames the wonderful British media for that.
I think it was a combination, my form and the media chased me a little bit as well, normally everyone expects something more from me and that is good to hear, because only from good players does someone expects something.
It’s a normal situation for a big club to have competition for places. I don’t do anything against both of them [Nasri and Theo Walcott], I just try to be in my best form.
We must be together, focused on every single game and hopefully we can sort one of the titles this month. Then only three titles will be left.
I don’t think it will get easier though because we still have to play Barcelona away and the end of the season is always much tougher than games in the middle or at the start.
If ever there was a perfect time for these two wonderful players to regain their form, it’s at Wembley and on Sunday….
Oh, the third, well that’s Diaby – he has served his ban and IS fit but I can’t see him starting this final but that’s good news for the Leyton Orient game.
Just what is it about us and injuries……
Have a good day all, it’s getting nearer…..