Ok, the Robin bit is a bit of fun on this sunny Saturday morning, how dare he miss so many chances against Everton. ;)
The Arsene Wenger bit, well he said this yesterday:
We will not be a lot on the market, quantity-wise I mean. Quality-wise, certainly!
Re the summer:
You want to make me say that last year was bad and I agree with you – last year was terrible for us because we finished on August 31 at 11.55pm and we do not want to repeat that, of course.
Well, I think we will all settle for both wouldn’t we, two, maybe three quality players is all this current squad needs to be able to overtake the current top two and maybe we’d all even agree that with those additions, we’d even give the likes of Barcelona a proper run for their money!
As for the latter comment, good on Arsene Wenger, that’s the nearest he’s ever been to admitting he has got things wrong and there is no real need to expand too much on that really, not now he has said that our signings will be in before deadline day, let’s just hope they are in before we start pre-season training.
Anyway, enough of that, we have who we have and to be honest, they aren’t too bad are they?
We all expected Abu Diaby to be in the squad for today, but Wenger has confirmed he won’t be risked, not for today anyway – he should be ready for next weekend when we travel to QPR.
So, the squad should be pretty much the same as the Everton game.
Darren Bent, Richard Dunne, Ciaran Clarke and Fabian Delph are all out injured for the opposition today.
Here are a few Aston Villa stats:
- Villa have earned just 10 points from the last available 27 (W2, D4, L3), but they have only lost one of their last eight away games.
- Alex McLeish’s side have only won one of their 14 previous matches against top-half opposition – away to Chelsea on New Year’s Eve.
- They are the only team not to have scored from a corner in the Premier League this season.
- Andreas Weimann’s stoppage-time winner against Fulham in Villa’s last game was the first goal for four months to be scored by one of the club’s currently available forwards. Gabby Agbonlahor has gone 13 matches without a top-flight goal.
One result stands out.
Their last away win was in London and against Chelsea, so we can’t sit back and think this is easy just because they sit fifteenth in the league – it means nothing!
We were once down that end of the table but we managed to claw our back up the table and eventually start playing the kind of football that our club deserves to be playing.
Players had to play in alien positions for them but together they fought hard and came through.
Arsene Wenger has always stood by this group of players and over the last few weeks and months they have shown us why.
Aston Villa could at any time start their gradual climb up the table but our boys need to make sure that doesn’t begin today.
3rd place could be ours for keeps and somehow, I don’t think that any one of our players will lose sight of that…..
Three points today will go a long way to making sure we secure that place….
Have a good day all and don’t forget to keeping on praying for Fabrice…..