Begrudgingly, well done to Luis Suarez and Eden Hazard who were last night voted Player of the Year and Young Player of the year respectively. Had Aaron Ramsey not suffered injury, I’m sure he would have scooped one of those awards……
We can only dream of playing the kind of football Chelsea played yesterday can’t we?
Ok, it was pretty grim on the eye but Jose did his homework, he knew that Liverpool would go all out to attack with pace so he set up his side to nullify everything they offered and succeeded.
I personally loved watching Steven Gerrard slip to let Demba Ba in to score their first and watching them walk the second in was the perfect ending.
Please don’t for one minute think I am keen on either Chelsea or their ‘orrid little manager, but out of the two sides on show, I dislike the one in red more than I do the one in blue.
If only Arsene Wenger could have set us up in a similar way went we travelled to places like Anfield, Goodison and of course Stamford Bridge this season, maybe we wouldn’t have taken such a battering…..
He didn’t of course, I doubt he ever will but if we are going to ever win the league again, he needs to learn how to and fast…..
Funny how Jose moaned a few weeks ago when Big Sam did the same to his side though, but there you go……
Olivier Giroud believes the club is on the verge of having a very good season:
There are three league matches left that are all as important as the cup final. They are important, because of fourth place and the Champions League. We have closed the book on the FA Cup, we will open it again on May 17.
If we finish fourth, we have not lost anything and it will be a good season. I think that if we finish fourth, that will be a successful season. And the FA Cup, if we win, would be a bonus.
To finish fourth is almost crucial for the club. We would like to end well and finish fourth.
Hmm, I think our French striker has caught the ‘4th spot is a trophy bug’!
A home fixture tonight of course and against a Newcastle side who are on a dreadful run of results having lost the last five matches.
We have perked up a bit since our FA Cup semi-final win and have recorded two victories on the trot which is a rarity this year…
Captain Thomas Vermaelen is fit again, whether he comes in at left back remains to be seen though as Nacho Monreal is fit and healthy, although Kieren Gibbs remains on the sidelines. Diaby was involved in training yesterday but he misses out having suffered a minor hamstring injury.
Newcastle have Ben Arfa missing despite being declared fit, Papiss Cisse and Luuk de Jong remain sidelined but Moussa Sissoko, who has missed the last three fixtures through injury, could return. Also returning is Alan Pardew who has been missing after his head-butting ban. Hope that doesn’t perk his players up….
- In the corresponding fixture last season, Arsenal won 7-3.
- Arsenal have won their last four league matches against Newcastle and are unbeaten in six against the Magpies.
Finishing 4th does not mean we have had a good season, getting that place and the FA Cup will do though, even though we all know the cracks will still have been papered over.
Fourth spot is ours for the taking now after Everton slipped up at the weekend so unless we totally faff up our remaining fixtures, we’ll head into the summer transfer window knowing Champions League football is secure, well, as long as we can win the qualifying fixture in August.
We are at home, we’ll have the Emirates faithful right behind the team so all we need to see is a solid professional display and three points in the bag…..
4th spot is hardly anything to get too excited about I know but it has it’s rewards.
A victory tonight and then again at the weekend will mean the big boys can have a break before our trip to Wembley and maybe a few of the fringe players and the likes of Akpom etc can head off to Norwich and do themselves proud.
That’s your lot, have a good day….