Before you all get your hopes up, Chamakh will only be leaving us short term as yesterday Morocco confirmed that our potent striker will be playing some kind of part in the African Cup of Nations. Sadly though, he will be back at some stage! The timing of this ACON could be good for all though, Chamakh may find some form with Morocco, he may even start scoring goals and get some confidence back. Then, on his return he may just continue that form for us!
On the other hand, his absence may just give another player a chance and he may just take that chance and no, I don’t mean TH12 either, I mean Park or Chamberlain. Although it should be a Podolski or Remy but our club is too tight to go down that route!
Onto today, the vistors being QPR and it’s going to be interesting on the right for us, on the the left for them.
Theo Walcott, if selected will be up against Traore in what could be a tasty little battle. We all know that the Frenchman likes to bomb forward and attack but today I strongly suspect Warnock will have told him to hang back and not let Theo rip him apart down the wing.
Of course, there could be a chance that our other young Englishman will start and Theo could be on the bench, either way I strongly suspect that Chamberlain or Walcott will win the battle and prove to Wenger that he was right to let Traore move on. Mind you, right now we could do with him…..
In the middle of the park there will be Battle number 2, the little slimy weasel, also known as, Joey Barton, will be up against Alex Song and we all know what happened the last time those two met! Well, we don’t need any repeat of that today, Song and every other player, especially Gervinho needs to concentrate on playing football and not being wound up by that little git, we all know that most referees love to send off one of our players!
We mustn’t give him the opportunity and Wenger needs to have a word with them all before the game, make it clear not to rise to any of Barton’s bait, sure as heck Warnock will be telling him to wind us up for 90 minutes…..
Today is also the last chance for Robin van Persie to equal or surpass Shearers record – good, maybe he’s been trying a bit too hard for the goals in the last couple of games and he’s just got unlucky – after today, the pressure is off and he’ll start banging them in again!
Most importantly though we need to get back to winning ways at The Emirates if we want to stay in and around the top four, teams around us will get stronger next month and we cannot afford to drop anymore points.
We have no new injuries after the Wolves fixture so other than the return of Walcott; the squad should be the same, although it would be good to see Park on the bench (no pun intended) and Chamberlain actually get some playing time, he could actually change a game, unlike Chamakh or Arshavin these days!
Three points today are essential but will we get them?
Have a good day all, transfer window opens tomorrow and that’s something to get excited about isn’t it!!