A quick post from me today, I feel rougher than Luke Chadwick’s cheek this morning and sadly, it’s not alcohol induced!
I guess the first place to start is the superb form of Super Samir Nasri. He’s near enough matched his goal tally of the past two seasons combined and we’re not even in the new year. He’s found a new grit and determination in his game that he certainly hasn’t demonstrated previously and he looks extremely fit. Confidence if flowing through his game and the best part is he isn’t hiding on the pitch this year.
We were in big trouble at the weekend, a draw against Fulham wouldn’t have derailed our title aspirations but it would have proved once again that we lack the consistency to put a decent run together and it could have left us chasing or worse, not capitalising on another poor Chelsea result. Nasri stepped up where last year he would have melted into the background. That’s fantastic news… lets hope he puts pen to paper on that new contract.
It’s also great that with Cesc out the side, Rosicky has come in and done a good job but the player who is really exciting me is Arshavin. He’s finding his form again. He’s taking on players and beating them, he’s showing ambition and accuracy in his passing and he’s showing that cheeky swagger he did when he first arrived at the club. He’s a dream player, we just need to see it more often!
I’m also really chuffed with the emergence of Johann Djourrou. Many people over the years have said that he’s not good enough for Arsenal and I certainly was in that bracket at the start of the season. I felt he was a bit error prone and rash in the tackle. However, since he returned to the team, bar a few shaky performances, he’s really started to find his way. He’s dominant in the air but he’s also a terrific reader of the game. He intercepts a lot of passes and he’s a no frills defender on the deck.
The most impressive aspect of his personality though is his professionalism. He’s been unfairly dropped a few times this year for the more error prone Kozzer and he hasn’t muttered any words of discontent. He’s just got his head down and waited for his chance. On Saturday he was superb and he brought a calming influence to the back line.
So next up this week is Partizan Belgrade at home. I have total confidence we’re going to smash them on Wednesday. After that it starts to get interesting as we go up to an in form Manchester United. If we can snatch 3 points there, I really will start believing. After that we play Stoke at home which I’d imagine we’ll win. Then it’s Chelsea at home, followed by Wigan, Birmingham and Manchester City.
This is a massive month for Arsenal. A pal of mine who is close to the game reckons Wigan and Birmingham in that busy 3-4 day period will suit us. There’s not enough time for them to practice playing Arsenal for a week on the training ground and clubs like those two wont be used to playing that many games in that shorter space of time. So really, the big games are City, who are very suspect this year and Chelsea… who are in a bit of a free fall at the moment internally and on the pitch.
Say it quietly, but is Lady luck on our side this year? We’ll have to wait and see!
In other news, JET will be sent out on loan if an opportunity arises. Hopefully it’ll be to a Premiership club and hopefully he’ll have a similar impact to Jack @ Bolton. He needs games under his belt and he needs to toughen up at a rough club. The Sunday Mirror also picked up on my story about Vermaelen hopefully being back before January, slow to the post eh? There’s also an interesting article about attendances over on a M** *nite* blog worth reading. On the transfer front, I’ve heard that it’s probably going to be very quiet. No secret coded messages, no reverse psychology, no reinforcements… no surprise!
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