There’s no time for moping people. We’ve got important games to think about and important decisions to guide the Boro Piromac and Wenger on.
First up is the obvious. Who replaces the crocked Arteta?
Well for me, I doubt it’s even a question. The only fit, slightly experienced option we have in the middle of the park is Aaron Ramsey. I’m just not sure he’s up to it this season. His form hasn’t improved since November and he looks a somewhat broken man these days. That’s not to say he’s not capable of putting in a stellar performance… I’m just not sure he’s the man to do it against a resurgent experienced Chelsea side.
Diaby would be the prime candidate to come in a take over that Arteta role. Sure he’s frustrating sometimes but his tall and imposing and when he came on earlier in the season against Liverpool he turned the game. He can pass, he’s bold going forward and he does have flashes of brilliance every now and then. Trouble is, he struggles to last 15 minutes (insert crude self deprecating sex joke here) these days and I’m not sure how fit he’d be to play a game of such importance.
Some people are flagging Oxo as the man to take over the middle of the park. Again, I’m not quite sure how that would work. Are we suggesting Rosicky and Song play deep with the Ox taking on the lead creative role? Or are we suggesting he does what Arteta does? It would be the boldest move of the season if Wenger were to play him. I think the boy is talented, but can we really risk three points on a hunch?
The other option we have, one that hasn’t been discussed in great detail is the potential of moving Vermaelen into a more advanced position. That could definitely be an option with legs if it wasn’t for JD being the guy who’d slip in behind him. Thomas seems far more suited to a midfield role than a defensive one this season. He loves bombing forward, he’s fast, good in the air and he’d absolutely terrorize people in the middle of the park.
Whatever happens, we’ve got a tough game. I hate playing Chelsea. They’re an old team that never seems to break up and go their separate ways. We’ll have to deal with a confident Drogba and an in-formish Fernando Torres, but we do have the added benefit this year of being a team who like to play the big games. The big question is going to be around how we cope with the loss of our star performer this year?
So Robin went to a hotel to negotiate a move to Barcelona this summer. He made a few errors along the way. Firstly he was snapped by a Daily Mail celebrity snapper. Silly boy Robin. The second error was that he went in his training kit. He might have avoided being snapped had he not flagged that he was a 28 year old man in football apparel. The third is that you’re supposed to get your agent to do the negotiations!
Robin… you’ve much to learn. Speak to Cashers, he was kind of good at deception.
Robin been a busy boy… playing Manchester City officials off against Barca officials so he can go back to Ivan with a nice big figure for him to match. I’d love to be a fly on the wall in that meeting… Ivan’s face when he has to tear up that 2% pay rise he had planned.
So, back to the big question of the midfield.
Who would you play? How would you play? Do you think we can win?
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Those be the points of discussion today. So get involved!