Hey there sexy people. How goes it? Did you all have a romantic evening last night? You, a box of Maltesers... perhaps a DVD of the 1994 Cup Winners Cup final? Yeah, I know that evening. I hope it worked out well for you.
Right, onto football... there's an exciting weekend of FA Cup action ahead of us. Yep, we have the chance to sail on into the quarter finals. We have a relatively easy tie against a side we've all grown to detest over the years. Blackburn are two points behind Brighton in the Championship, which will no doubt lead some people to inform you they're a tough opposition. They're not. They've been poor this season and we've been gifted a pass into the next round.
The challenge for Arsene Wenger is balancing the need to win a trophy he can actually win with his desire to challenge for a trophy we probably don't have a chance in hell of winning. So, does the manager go in strong and dismantle Blackburn early... or does he go in weak and hope that's enough to win, but run the risk of that not happening... followed by a replay, which no one will want. It's a tough question to take on, because Bayern is on Tuesday. I guess we at least have the advantage that we'll be at home.
Bayern Munich have Wolfsburg at home. Their Football Association clearly going out of their way to ensure the German teams have fresh legs for their Euro endeavors I wonder when the FA will wake up to Friday night games? I'd quite enjoy that. At least before Euro games. The Germans sound like they're having a good year. I casually read somewhere that they've scored the most goals at this stage of the season(55), conceded the least (7!!!) and have the most points.
Well I'll be god damned, good defending does exist somewhere in Europe.
When people reference that spending money isn't the answer, I think Bayern, after their huge summer investment, have totally proved that it's more often than not the right answer... if you have the right person investing it. Is it a good manager? Is it more football people on the board? Is it just a fluke?
Back to the weekend. The good news from a left back point of view is that Thomas Vermaelen will be fit for the weekend. Who we were going to slip in against Bayern was a horrible mystery. Hopefully Thomas can keep his cool there next week. Arsene has been raving about Sagna at centre back.
“I always thought he could play there one day,”
“We pushed him in this position in training. What he showed in training was encouraging. He had no preparation. He was told 10 minutes before the start of the game and he dealt very well with that situation, so that’s very positive.
He did look good, I'd be tempted to put him there against Bayern if the alternative choice is the own goals and red cards machine (Kos). That might be harsh, but he really has struggled all year. Putting him straight back into a game against one of Europe's best feels like a disaster in the making.
Wenger also took time out to rave about Theo.
“It’s unbelievable. I believe what this season shows is the remarkable evolution of Theo Walcott,”
“He’s a complete player today and his transformation is absolutely sensational.'
Yeah, I can't disagree. I was a huge critic of Theo Walcott and he's proved me wrong in a big way this season. His decision making has sharpened, his finishing has been electric and his attitude has changed from middle class choir boy to middle class slightly disobedient bad ass who got a tattoo against the wishes of his parents. I'd be tempted to stick him on for a half against Blackburn. I very much doubt they'd be able to live with him for pace... he could finish the game early for us.
Anyway, more on the line up tomorrow. Enjoy Friday!