As we witnessed Portuguese runaway champions Porto being torn a new and improve rectum, I hear cries of ‘but they lost three key players in the summer’ – what and we didn’t?
To put this win into perspective, certain pundits were writing us off before the game, those same pundits were saying after the game that Porto were now average, ‘cake and eat it’ spring to mind there, it wasn’t the win, it was the manner of that win.
When I think back to last season we had, a raw Bendtner and Walcott, we had a fit Adebayor, a broken Eduardo and a very crocked boy wonder and we had back up with Hleb and an even more broken Rosicky.
This season we have a fast maturing Nikki B, an England hatrick hero in Theo, a fit Robin and a finding his form again Adebayor, that doesn’t include Eduardo or Carlos Vela, it doesn’t include Samir Nasri and Tomas Rosicky and it doesn’t include Jackie boy.
We now have attacking options all over the pitch and more than enough if any get injured, and waiting in the wings we have Rui Fonte and Jay Simpson, we are indeed blessed.
With the emergence of big Johan and the inclusion of Sylvestre we have defensive cover and with Song, Denilson, Eboue and Diaby to compete in midfield I think we have a great and talented squad.
I know we all complained about no signings in the summer and Pedro and I led the chorus, but we didn’t buy and have to forge ahead with what we have, I now think we have enough, the only thing that will stop us is performances like Fulham and Hull, and that is purely and simply down to us, not the lack of signings, I mean look at the Chavs last night, against an average Romanian side, yes they beat Roma, but how bad are they this season?
And they have lost Drogba and the Mancs have lost Scholes. A bit of Arsenal schardenfruede I sense.
We are two points off the lead, in the Carling cup next round and beginning to take control in Europe.
Dare I say it ‘Arsene, you may have got it spot on this time’ Now is the time to wax lyrical and get behind the team, Sunderland is a good test, win this one and I may well become an Arsene knows man…
…just kidding, but I think you get the gist!
All in all I would have taken events this week, a toe up the arse will help this team and a return to form for the front men is welcome news, I think Samir Nasri does to this team what an in form Cesc does, it makes things happen.
Oh finally I watched a game on Arsenal TV last night that included Adams, Bould, Winterburn, Dixon, Rocastle, Wright, Smith and Seaman, they played Southampton, boy are our memories through rose coloured spectacles, I think I prefer what we have, heresy I know, it also had that powerhouse Hillier in midfield and he looked good.
So it’s time to look forward and forget the past, whether it’s 10 years ago or last summer, the future is this weekend.
Have a great day Grovers and get ready for the the big test this Saturday, bring it on Keano, bring it on!