Good morning and welcome to bank holiday Monday! I trust you all enjoyed yourselves last night?
Today there’s not really a lot to talk about. A couple of crap April fools articles doing the round, desperately hoping the national press will pick them up and run with them… outside that, we’ve got Giroud talking about taking us to the promise land of top four supremacy.
“Spurs have to play against Manchester City and Chelsea so they are hard games. But every game is difficult, we can see that Chelsea lost at Southampton. We have to keep focus, concentrated and strong.
“We are scoring lots of goals. We need to be more concentrated when we are defending because we need more clean sheets because we dominate games. But we are playing well.”
He’s right, Spurs and Chelsea have to play each other which means someone or both of them are going to be dropping points. We just have to make sure we secure the maximum points along the way. Could we reach third place? Absolutely. Looking at the run in, Everton at home should be tough, West Brom away is always tricky then you obviously have our top 4 cup final which is United. I don’t know why, but I just have no hope we’ll win that at the moment. It would be nice if the team went all out to avoid losing to Robin Van Persie’s United, but they’ve been so strong of late… now they’re adding clean sheets to their goals, it feels like a formidable task.
The important thing is how the teams around us perform. You still can’t rule Everton out of the fight, they’re right in the mix, so the game against us really will have a lot riding on it.
Wenger is personally ramping up the Gervinho love in that’s going on. I don’t mean to pour cold water on him as a player, but it was only Reading, the worst team in the league. Anyway, if we can get solid performances from him more regularly, then I’m up for anything Wenger wants to say to him. When talking about his finished Wenger linked its inconsistency to what goes on up top…
“It will get better and better. His finishing is linked with his psychology, and we work on that. He rushes in front of the goal. Remember he is a winger. When he dribbles past three, which is very physically demanding, then gets in front of the keeper, he is not fresh and it’s not easy. He has to learn to not just hit it hard.”
Gervinho really does seem to lack technique when it comes to shooting. He more often than not scuffs the ball. Is that a confidence thing, or a practice thing? Whatever, let’s hope his run continues over the next 8 games, then we can talk about what to do with him in the summer.
There was a story that slipped out yesterday that I missed. The one about Arsenal raiding the Bundesliga for Bender, Levandowski and Gotze… for £70million. If ever there was a story that had ‘season ticket renewals are coming’… it was that one. I can’t see how we’re going sign those three, a world class keeper and Jovetic. Someone is getting fed utter nonsense and in the main, I think it’s the fans being taken out strategically from all angles.
Right, that’s it. Have a great April fools day. See you in the comments.