Morning sports fans. Today we have a blog post that centres around many things. Namely, the game we have this afternoon against Norwich.
Team news is positive. We might see a return to action from Jack Wilshere, he’ll be replacing the injured Rosicky. I hope we really have gone OTT on the cotton wool treatment with Jack. I also hope it isn’t a little early for him to jump into a game. Hopefully he’ll get right into his stride, we’ll need his influence if we’re to come away with the points today. Rosicky is going to be a major miss.
The love in with Rosicky really has gone into overdrive of late. Oxlade Chamberlain has weighed into the orgy of compliments heading the Czech midfielders way.
“He can turn and drive and shoot, he is technically brilliant and his work rate is fantastic. He is a magnificent player.
“The way he plays the game so positively, he is always looking to go forward and drive at defences. He takes risks and makes things happen.
The key takeaway from that comment for me is that younger players learn from the older ones. That’s why we shouldn’t shift on Rosicky this summer. Keep him in the squad, even he’s only good for spits and spats of play over the course of a season.
Wenger isn’t taking today’s game lightly…
“We know that they are a good side and we know that they are a dangerous side. We believe that today we are stronger than we were at that moment of the season and that’s what we want to show on Saturday.’
I really do think this will be a show of whether we’ve made improvements. It’s ok listening to all the players churning out the ‘belief’ soundbite, but we’ve heard it all before. We need to drive our way to a top 4 finishing position this year. If we can take maximum points from our remaining games, I think we finish on 77 points. It’s a big ask, but it’s an improvement on what we turned in last year. I think it’ll be good for 3rd as well.
If we go into the summer after a strong finish to the season, it’ll be a great sales leverage when hunting out players around Europe. Arsenal need to be looking at Dortmund and how strong they’ve been. I was so impressed with their game the other night. Smart disciplined technical football. A joy to watch. We need to get back to that level and we’re only going to do that if we can attract the right sort of talent.
I’m not sad that an English team isn’t in the semi finals of the Champions League this year. We don’t deserve one there. It’ll be a feast of football and I can’t wait to watch it. I hope our league learns this summer and invests to get us back up the ladder for next year.
Anyway… back to football. Wenger denied he was interested in Ashley Williams because he likes denying things. Then we can a talk about him playing games. Media games. So much fun. Anyway, he doesn’t have a list and he’s not interested in transfers which makes all the stories about this summers targets confusing.
He also took time out to deny that the captain was leaving this summer. It’s like someone read my post and presented it as a question for Wenger. For that, I’m appreciative.
Continuing on Wenger, he also spoke about goal line tech… and made a very good point. It won’t stop s*ite refereeing. I honestly cannot believe there is so much fuss around putting goal line tech into big games. What they should really be doing is giving refs video assistance. There’s nothing fun about watching your team lose because of a shoddy decision. How we can expect refs to keep on top of super fast, super ruthless players who will do anything to con a ref is beyond me. Give them the assistance. Make the game fairer and take the sport into the 21st century.
It’s such a shame so many of the people in the game are so backward…
Final news item is one we all knew… Andrey is off at the end of the season. 1) because he has no contract 2) because he doesn’t play. Sad times. Sad times indeed.
Right, enjoy the game today, hopefully the sun will come out for spring beers!