How many managers are Chelsea going to get through? A couple of losses and the owner hangs another manager out to dry.
Maybe he will try and tempt Wenger across London, after all, he hasn’t got many choices left has he?
My money is on Harry Redknapp replacing RDM.
So now we know, as Gervinho and Chamakh head off to represent their respective countries in the African Cup of Nations, their temporary replacement, Thierry Henry should have flown in and be ready to strut his stuff again for his old, but favourite club.
Wenger has said this about our old number 14:
He is a communicator, an extrovert and very intelligent. I had always resisted (bringing him back). Last year I did it because we lost Gervinho. This year we lose Gervinho again as they are playing the Africa Cup of Nations two years in a row. So we will be confronted with a shortage – particularly if (Marouane) Chamakh should go. Then we will be short.
We know all of that don’t we but what Arsene is maybe forgetting is, Henry is also old, too old to be considered as a replacement for Gervinho. Chamakh yes, but not Gervinho. Should we get to Christmas and we are in the top three or four and still in all the Cups, then Henry is not the man to push us on even further.
Gervinho and Gibbs are both back in the squad for Tonight’s fixture against Montpellier, the bad news is Theo Walcott is out with a shoulder injury following the collision with Michael Dawson. Walcott was due to have a scan yesterday so fingers and toes crossed that there is no serious damage.
Santos is also out tonight, he has some kind of abdominal muscle strain.
Didn’t realise he had any muscles under that shirt of his…..
Things kind of started going a bit wrong at the back when Kieran Gibbs got injured, Santos came in, we got battered down our left hand side and suddenly we were shaky at the back, the goals started going in and the results suffered. Vermaelen gave us a bit more stability when he was switched out left, but……
Also, it could be said that Carl Jenkinson made way for Bacary Sagna around a similar time, has that had a bearing on our performances at the back?
Montpellier it is tonight and at The Emirates where the home fans will hopefully be in good voice again after the weekend.
A few days ago, a couple of the newspapers ran a story about how once all of our defenders were back fit and healthy, Arsene Wenger may adopt a new defensive set up which would mean five at the back.
Now Gibbs is back, we could very well see that on display tonight.
Tonight’s fixture is huge in the eyes of Wenger and the board, they will be desperate to get through to the knock-out stages as the further we get in the competition, the more money goes into
their bank account the transfer kitty.
The first fixture against Montpellier was a tough one, but we managed to grab two goals and prevent the opposition form scoring from open play. They did manage to get one goal though thanks to a penalty. Vermaelen had bundled over Belhanda just inside the penalty area within the opening ten minutes and the same player scored from the spot.
Back then though, we were defending with confidence and we’d just beaten Liverpool and Southampton. Podolski and Gervinho scored our goals soon after going 1-0 down and that is how it stayed.
How though I don’t know, we weren’t at our best, Giroud had a bit of a mare against his old side and Montpellier missed a few good chances to be fair.
That was in front of their own rowdy and very supportive fans.
Tonight it’s their turn to travel, their turn to play in front of loud opposition fans and it’s our turn to turn on the style.
Montpellier are having a nightmare of a season, they have won just two fixtures in all competitions this season and we have to make sure that doesn’t change tonight.
We need three points, nothing more and nothing less and if we do, and Schalke defeat Olympiakos FC, we are through to the next round.
However, we mustn’t take Montpellier too lightly, they have nothing to lose tonight and many sides play much better when the pressure is off…
Total commitment from every player, another victory and no goals conceded would be perfect.
Have a good day all….