Thomas Vermaelen played the full ninety minutes for the reserves on Thursday, came through unscathed and has declared himself fit for the last few games of our campaign.
I bet deep down he is desperate to play for the first team, no doubt he has watched every game we have played in whilst he has been on the sick-bed, I bet he’s been furious watching us concede silly goals, surrender winning positions the way we have in so many games and I bet he thinks he is the man to step into the defence and sort the back line out.
I make him right too.
Johan Djourou has had a few great games for us, his ariel strength has been immense – in fact I would go so far as to say he has been our best central defender this season, not bad for a player who has been on the sick-bed himself for a long time.
Kos for me has been great in some games, yet in others he has been average but, I and of all us must not forget that this is his first season in the Premier League and I’m sure if Thomas Vermaelen had not been injured, his introduction to English football would have been a lot slower. Same can be said of Chamakh really.
For a long while now we have questioned whether or not we have a true leader in our side, a player who can get the players to re-group and settle, calm down and do what we do best and that is to play our own game.
Cesc tries his hardest to lead by example in the way he plays, he tries to step his own game up to instil faith in those around him but, we all know that doesn’t work, not in every game anyway.
Yes, Cesc can come on from the bench and work his magic and on a good day he can find a goal when nothing seems to be going right but playing in midfield, I don’t think he can sort out where things are really going wrong, the place where the panic button usually gets hit.
Only a defender can do that – Tony Adams, Sol Campbell, Steve Bould and Martin Keown are the players we have seen over the last few years who have the ability to do that, but they would put their own body at risk for our club wouldn’t they. Yep, even ex Swampie Sol didn’t hold back did he?
I know there are many players in our history that would have done the same, but I’m sticking to the Wenger era.
Thomas Vermaelen maybe a tiddler at just 5’ 11.11” tall but we all know he has a spring in his jump that makes him as tall as Peter Crouch, he has the heart of Goliath and the shrewdness and technique of David.
I know fans will say what’s the point in him joining up with the first team for Sunday? In any case Wenger has already ruled him out.
But just imagine if he did face the Mancs and we win. What if the Swampies beat the Chavs? That would make us and the Chavs level on points wouldn’t it?
Then Manchester United draw with the Chavs next weekend and we beat Stoke? Wouldn’t we sit second again and just four points behind the Mancs??
With two games left, the Mancs thinking about facing Barcelona in the Champions League Final, anything could happen couldn’t it….
There is still something to play for, but to do that we need to play at our best on Sunday.
We can certainly secure second place if we fight for it and who knows, Old Red Nose and his lot may bottle it right at the end…
Unlikely yes but life can be strange as well as it can be cruel, we Arsenal fans know that best. We need a leader on our side right now, and I can’t think of anyone better to be that man other than our Belgian central defender..
Thomas Vermaelen looks as if he is finally over the injury that has kept him out of the game since August and I am sure I’m not alone in hoping it’s the end of injuries for him for a long time. We need him next season, we needed him this season!
He’s fit and ready for action Arsene, but will you take the risk?
Maybe more importantly though, is it worth taking the risk?
That’s it for today, tomorrow we play again…..