Arsene dropped one of the most important comments of his career yesterday, yes, he admitted that losing your strikers to injury results in less points.
“It is difficult to say what would have happened had they not been injured. But I am confident we would have a few more points.”
I know there were those of you out there who couldn’t work this out, but rest assured, that little issue has been laid to rest by the ever so sharp Mr Wenger.
I’ve even put together a mathematical equation just to break it down.
Theory of goalativity: Football team + Strikers = goals
You see, if you put zero strikers into the equation… you end up with very few goals. Genius. Glad it took all of 13 years to clear that conundrum up! A shame he didn’t realise that in January when we were all screaming for him to add someone to the squad. That’s negligence. Plain and simple.
Comments like that certainly don’t do him any favours with the fans. I wonder what will be on Arsenal.com tomorrow?
‘A good goalkeeper can save you points. If we’d had one, we’d probably be 10 clear.’
Still, with the bad inevitably comes some good. On Cesc’s future came this…
‘We don’t work for four or five years with young players, stand up for them, let them come through and, when they are ready to perform, sell them. That would be irresponsible. But I cannot stop them from talking in Spain.’
Amen to that Wenger. Trouble is, do you mean it? It’s about this time of year we get all the conflicting messages. I’m sure that goes directly against the usual,
‘If a player wants to leave, it’s very hard to make him stay.’
Still, if the new Arsene has grown a pair, I’m all for it.
So, onto the game… I’m pretty fired up.
Robin Van Persie is now fit as a fiddle and ready to play if called upon. I said the other day I wouldn’t play him as Nik has done enough to merit his place in the starting line up. Then I started thinking… why does it matter? If he comes on with 20 minutes to go and breaks down whose problem is that? Holland’s. I care more about the state of Ashley Cole’s marriage than I do about the Dutch world cup challenge.
Playing without Robin is hardly something we’d have to get used to in the remaining games. If the worst does happen and he breaks down again, maybe that’ll force Wenger’s hand to go and buy another striker this summer… because we can’t be relying on a player who has only given us more than 30 starts once in 6 seasons. I’m not saying sell him, I’m saying get a proper striker in to replace the games you know he’ll miss, ala Arshavin for Rosicky (Chamakh isn’t nearly prolific enough).
So our defence lines up as usual with the inclusion of Sol Campbell. You’d expect him to be mega fired up for tonight I always feel better about our chances when he’s on the pitch. Not just because he’s a top defender but because he has an aura about him… the type that makes the young players put that extra bit of effort in. Wenger said he’s undecided on Sol’s new contract, whatever Arsene, I bet you’ve got the contract in your brief case already.
In midfield I’m expecting to see Denilson, Diaby and Samir Nasri. From where I’m typing, that looks like more than enough to take apart a Spurs midfield that doesn’t contain Palacios, Lennon or Kranky. There is no Song, which I revealed via twitter two days ago.
Up front it’s got to be Theo Walcott, Nik Bendtner and Rosicky… who owes us a big, big game tomorrow.
Personally, I’d prefer to see Eboue in front of Walcott. However, with his England place up for grabs, I’m hoping for a ripping performance if he does get the nod!
Arsenal need to impose themselves on the game early. We need to press like we did at the start of the season and we need to have a dig at goal because I’m still not convinced by Comical Gomes. We also need a big game from Almunia. Spurs will be whipping balls into the box for Crouch to nod in. The erratic Spaniard needs to be commanding and make sure he lets the defence know what he’s going to do either way. A Bentley cross for a Crouch goal is not an image I want to become a reality. That dirty little scrot’s smiling face is making me angry just thinking about it.
The whole squad is going to be buoyed by the return of ‘new signing‘, Robin Van Persie. That’s massive boost for the team and it’ll be a toe up the Arse-nal for Nik B who’ll want to prove he can compete. Expect and excellent game from him this evening!
We need to win. You see, I have a lot invested in tonight’s game… after Pompey put them out of the cup, I foolishly went on a gloat text spree of epic proportions. In the delirium caused by Spurs embarrassing themselves, I forgot we were playing them. I can’t have them turning us over… my life won’t be worth living. I’ll have to take the sack on the chin, because I won’t turn my work phone on for a week. No one needs a sacking off the back of a defeat to Spurs…!
Anyway, I’m feeling confident. Cliff Bastin came to me in a dream last night and told me we were going to win 3-1.
I hope you’re right Cliff, I hope your right!
Have a great day Grovers!
P.S. Apparently Asperger’s syndrome is where your brain randomly chooses a thing for you to devote your entire existence to. I’m not sure if mines loving Arsenal or hating Spurs? What makes you despise Spurs more than any other team in the World?
Sadly, my first memory is that freekick Gazza whistled past Seaman in the FA Cup semi Final in 91. Need I say more? Seeing his fat, slightly retarded looking face celebrating that goal scarred my young mind… the hate I feel inside hasn’t dampened since.
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