Good morning! For the second time. So my technical issues are sorted… nothing a bit of aspirin couldn’t fix!
“If we have no injuries, we should get away with it because we have Chamberlain, who can play there. Park, Arshavin and Van Persie.
“So we still have offensive players, but we could be a bit short if we have an injury.”
The above quote is in reference to signing a striker in January. I’m not sure how to take the comment, generally when Wenger says he won’t buy, he means it. The thought of heading into the run in with just Chamakh and Park and hoping we’ll ‘get away’ with it sends shivers down my spine. Why just try and get away with it? Arsene Wenger is the guy who drives his car into the red part of the fuel gauge. You know there’s supposed to be 40 miles in the tank, you’ve heard it’s a legal requirement, but there’s every chance this is lie your mate Dave perpetuates down the pub. You could run out of fuel at any moment. If you make it back from Tesco’s without having to fill up… you’re a hero… if your car clinks to a spluttering halt. You’ve just cost yourself double what filling up would have done.
The cost of us running out of fuel could be the £25million Champions League money. I’m hoping he’ll see the light. I’m hoping he’s just made a motivational bluff. I don’t suppose Chamakh needs anything else to dent his almost non-existent confidence. A move for Di Natale would be perfect, Thierry for two months would be a sound move… hell, I’d even accept David Vila on loan.
Arsene… don’t be a plank, fill up the tank.
Wenger also took time out to dash a young Mexicans dream of joining the club. Marco Fabian de la Mora will not be joining Arsenal. Despite having a fabulous name and bundles of enthusiasm, it appears his agent has been telling porkies in the press to land his man a move to the greater riches of Europe.
Gervinho has weighed in with his transfer recommendations. He says Arsenal should take Hazard from Lille.
“I would advise Mr Wenger to get Eden to pack his cases and come here. His game would really suit Arsenal’s.”
The wide man is going to be a huge talent wherever he decides to go. My guess is he’ll likely end up at Madrid. I’m not sure we could afford him and Gotze and the German does seem to be Wenger’s favoured target
Diaby picking up another injury is an interesting one. Wenger says that he’s put a lot of effort into sorting his broken body out and he’s very low after another set back. Now, I understand he doesn’t want to be injured, I understand it’s not his fault… but there does come a point when you have to ask if his squad place is killing the chance for someone else to progress? How long do you persist? If we’re so obsessed with value, where do we see it in Diaby? He’s never fit. Even when he is functioning, it’s not like we’re dealing with a world beater. I’d love to see what he could do with a 15 game run in the side, I just fear he’ll never manage that…
We take on Wigan in the dreaded north-west of England. They’re not a good side, so we should deal with them relatively easily. That said, they’ve caused us plenty of issues in the past. However, with the form we’re in league wise, they shouldn’t pose a threat. They’re not disciplined and they’re not particularly sharp in attack. We need to use today as an opportinuty to make up points and goal difference on those in front of us.
I’d love to see the goal duties shared out today and I’d love to see us play with some confidence and swagger. I’m expecting a big game from Theo and I’m hoping Gervinho breaks his goal duck and shows us all that he is top quality. I’m imagining the side is going line up like it has done so regularly this season.
Kos Mertesacker Vermaelen Santos
Arteta Song Rambo
Gervinho Robin Theo
Lets bang in an early goal and hope our Saturday afternoon is a nice, simple 3 points!
Catch you tomorrow for the match report! For streams, see in the comments… there are always plenty!