Big, big, huge match tomorrow. Away to chelsea, a fixture that has caused us problems in the recent past. However, having put them away at home last year I don’t think the mental hurdle is as much as it was to overcome. They are always a tough test and shouldn’t be any different this time around. The Arsenal is in a good run of form at the moment and to keep that going would be huge, especially against a team such as this one.
Fulham’s other team are coming off a loss and will be without the help of Drogba, who saw straight red for a pretty bad tackle against QPR last week. Other than him they will will have almost a full squad, except for Essien who is out long term. Everyone else who was sent off or suspended last week, served their one match ban during the midweek League Cup fixture. They will probably be looking to bag a big win to get back on their feet after last week, so Arsenal need to play a solid match.
Team news for us is that Vermaelen will be in the squad with Jenkinson a possibility after a late fitness test today or tomorrow. I must say, it feels nice to have Vermaelen back and to have more than a couple of options in the middle of defense. This should give the manager a choice to make of who to put in the middle and who to put at right back if Jenkinson does not make it. Djourou could retain his spot or he could end up switching Kos over to the right and put Vermaelen in the middle with Per. Although Vermaelen did have some cramping towards the end of the last match, so they could be considering how he’ll do over a full 90, especially in a big match like this. He is quite the hard ass though, so I imagine we’ll see him at some point.
Did I mention that this is a big match? Come on down to Beulah tomorrow at seven a.m. sharp (the match is another early one, so it’s on delay at seven) and cheer on the boys. Should be a good one.
Up The Arsenal!
*The club had it’s Annual General Meeting with the shareholders last night and now has some free video on Arsenal player here of the speeches. Arsene had a decent speech about getting behind the club, while Gazidis and some guy who sounds like the cowboy in The Big Lebowski also rocked the mic. Word.
These fuckers again…..
Tomorrow the team will play stoke for the first time this year. This fixture has become something of a grudge match for both teams. This obviously stems from the fact that they are leg breaky shits and are managed by a man who fights his own players while naked. There are no redeeming qualities there at all.
Team news is mainly that Jenkinson is out for a few weeks after hyper extending his knee against marseille on Wednesday. This leaves the team without a right back. This leaves Koscielny and Djourou as the only options and it’s not very clear who he wants there and who he wants in the middle. Kos had a very good game in France by all accounts in the middle but is the more mobile of the two which would seem to be a better skill to have as a fullback. Djourou had a terrible game against Blackburn the only other time he played right back and could provide some extra height in the middle against stoke’s tall strikers (the lanky fucker and Kenwyne Jones). Not an obvious choice to be made there.
In other news Theo talks about how the squad is playing better team defense, his connection up front with RVP and how this may be contributing to the better results the team has had lately.
Arsene talks about resting RVP here. He seems to be our only effective striking option at the moment (28 goals in 35 games!) but don’t want to burn him out either. Chamakh is in a funk and Park doesn’t seem to be an option at all (not sure why we bought him then). We are overly reliant on our Dutch striker so it would be nice to have some other effective options up top, so as to not burn him out.
Well, that is that. Hopefully the boys can put in a good shift tomorrow and effectively deal with what has been a tough opponent as of late. The defense will have to put in another excellent shift and hopefully we can keep things rolling up top with the captain.
As always, come on down to Beulahland to watch the match tomorrow. It will be on delay at 8:00 am, due to the early kick off time, so make sure your internet is off in the morning and you don’t get any messages from your dickhead buddy.
Cheers and Come On You Gunners!
I figured we could all use a little positivity before we jump back into the shit-storm that is our league campaign this season. There is a lot of negativity out there. Rightfully so in a lot of cases but a tad over the top in others. I know out here, we don’t see a lot of the “crazy, pissed off, yell at fellow Arsenal supporters” types, but with the results that have been happening as of late, I don’t think any body feels very ecstatic. Portland included. I personally think that it’s important that we remember that we support The Arsenal Football club and that there is a reason for that. That reason is that they are not a pack of c*nts like every other team out there. There is a reason we are still watching and keeping track of the news and generally giving so much of a shit. We know that this is the best team out there to support no matter what happens results wise, even if it’s hard to see that at certain times. I wouldn’t think of ever putting on a united/chelsea/city/chicken standing on a ball shirt for all the wins/trophies out there and it’s good sometimes to remember that when things aren’t necessarily going swimmingly. Anyway, enough ranting.
I got inspired to post in this vain due to a couple of brilliant pieces by the Arseblogger and the Goonerholic, they both, in different ways, talk about taking a step back and looking at things during this rough patch.
Here are some good goals (a hat trick even) by The OX…
and a picture of John Terry getting one in the gob (that other guy looks vaguely familiar):