No sorry Grovers, he was talking about the state of the Wembley pitch and not his dreadful team selection, it was someone else’s fault.
Ok enough on that, it’s gone, our big chance of domestic silverware went with the Wembley pitch, poor team selection, oh and of course Chelsea, who didn’t disrespect their fans and played with a full strength side, what will he do tonight then? We can’t afford to lose this one, at the very least we need a draw, with Everton and Villa still breathing down our necks.
A win on the other hand will close the gap and send us into the ManU game brimming with confidence.
So tonight we have Ade and Robin out with injuries, I wonder how they picked those up? Being as they did sweet FA to get them, but it could be a blessing in disguise, we still need to play 4-4-2 though as Eduardo is too small to sit up there alone and Bendtner isn’t good enough to, but both of them together with Song and Cesc in midfield and Walcott and Arshavin on the flanks could do it.
We will have Sagna back and with Kolo, Silvestre and Gibbs along the back we have a chance, as I said before I don’t blame Fabianski so I’m not concerned about him, if he does it again though, I may be.
What I don’t want to see is a midfield that includes the hapless Eboue, Denilson or Diaby, if he leaves them out then I may believe he has learnt something and we have a chance, if I were Benitez I would be expecting 4-5-1 and a sub on 70 minutes, anything else may surprise them, they will be feeling confident, so we may just spring something on them.
They play better away from home and so do we, Cesc owes us a showing and they must know we cannot have another shocking performance if we are to salvage something out of this season.
If we have too many injuries, he could always try Ramsey, Wilshere or Thomas, now there’s a novel thought!
As I said the other day, our great run didn’t include playing anyone from the top 4 so this will show us whether we have enough for next season, I still think we can beat the Mancs because they are as strange as are this season, so they will also be concerned, but by beating the scousers, we will be sending out the right message.
I have said many times, it’s not the losing, it’s the manner in which we lose that hurts me.
So come on Arsenal, show us you’re good enough, show us your teeth and get this season back on the road, if you don’t I won’t be looking forward to the summer, because something tells me we won’t be killing Diaby, Denilson and Song.
I didn’t say that by the way, Wenger did, for the second time this season I hope he plays Song, after the semi on Saturday it would be like having Pele in the side. If I had to pick my dream team I would play Nasri next to Cesc and have Song on the bench, but I didn’t suggest it as I know he won’t do that, Liverpool are the one team we could play against and field a team like that.
Win this one and we can start believing again, no history today, no rallying call, just get the job done, Arsenal and in particular Wenger, you owe us.
Ok so how will I end this positively?
SPIRIT OF 89 ARSENAL, THIS IS OUR ANNIVERSARY TOO, REMEMBER THE ADVERTISEMENT? GO SHOW THEM WHAT OUR KIDS DID THEN, DEFY THE ODDS, WIN AT ANFIELD, HISTORY IS ON OUR SIDE.
Have a great day Grovers, it only gets harder from tonight, I’ll leave you with a little motivator (Cheers Gnarley).