Well done Robin, you got what your play deserves and finally won what we can claim as a trophy, the first since Thierry Henry won it in 2004.
I have to say you had it coming and I’m glad you weren’t pipped at the post by one of Mancini’s mercenaries.
Talking of which at least they have to try and beat Newcastle now, well one would hope anyway because I could easily see them getting our third spot.
I think that although Spurs and Chelsea can still overhaul us Newcastle are in the best position. I would think 6 points from our last two games will see us over the line and barring a disaster, we should manage that.
Winning at Stoke next week would all but guarantee that.
I was thinking about who we have fit left in our ranks that could help us do that this season and the return of Diaby would be a great asset at Victoria Road.
Sagna Kozzer Vermaelen Gibbs
Rosicky Song Diaby
Robin Chamakh Bennayoun
What Chamakh you all scream? Yes I would for this one, a bit of height in there for me is what we need. I leave Ramsey out as we don’t want him wetting the bed at the scene of the Ryan Shawcross horror tackle. So the inclusion of Diaby in there would be the right move.
I have always rated Diaby and he looked good when he came on against the chavs, my problem with him is he can’t stay uninjured for long, if he could he would be in my starting 11 every time. Lets see if he can stay fit for the run in, if he can he could make the difference, if he can’t it’s time to move him on.
If we qualify for the ECL, and by qualify I mean 3rd spot, then we should go into the market early and with intent.
That means no more bargain basement and no more unknowns.
Whatever happens this season cannot be considered anything other than a dismal failure. 10 losses and no trophies is unacceptable for a team like Arsenal. If any of you out there are crowing about the prospect of finishing third and Wenger’s greatest achievement blah, blah, blah then you have been conned big time.
I was thinking about what went wrong with Arshavin, the player who got 4 against Liverpool was rarely seen again, here’s my take.
I think Arshavin was a Gazidas buy, I think the board forced his hand and Wenger was never happy with that.
If my memory serves me right I also think all four of those goals came from the middle and the hole he loves to play in, he was forced out of position and with that his form went south.
Wenger was sulking and Arshavin paid the price, that’s only my opinion though and I could be wrong. (I doubt it though)
Either way we need to move him on with at least 10 others, with that money saved and received we could bring in Hazard, Verthnghen, Podolski and M’Via and those four would make the difference between us qualifying for Europe or winning in Europe.
I put Podolski in there as Pedro is convinced he’s coming, and I do like him, but I would prefer a Benzema.
The amount of players we have out on loan is scandalous and totally unnecessary, how many of our loanees ever make it? Very few I can tell you.
I would then seriously look for a left back and back up keeper with the change.
Talking of left backs I would even consider playing Santos as a wide man in the run in and move Bennayoun into the middle.
Lets face it, with three games to go we don’t have burn out to worry about do we!
Have a great day Grovers, tomorrow you’ll get Pedro the pollster back.