The Time Is Now, Lads : Burnley Preview
Our final assault for this season’s league title starts tomorrow with a run of 10 games and what better way to start than to welcome Burnley to the Ems. The time has also come for the players to put all their talk of “doing this for Aaron” to action. The critics have always said that Arsenal fail to perform when the spotlight is on them and that they are at their ‘best’ when other teams are grabbing headlines. We need to show them we are up for this and that it’s ours to lose.
In his press conference today, Arsene rejected any notions of an apology to Ryan Shawcross for his comments last week. “I stand by what I said 100 percent,” he said with a serious look. “I can understand people want to be committed against us, and I have no problem with that. “I love the commitment of the English game. I don’t want to change that and it makes the game even more attractive, but high commitment demands fair intention as well. “I am continuing to defend the values that I believe are important for our club and football”. Le Boss also used the opportunity to hit back at Walcott’s critics insisting the winger will come through. Walcott received a lot of stick for his poor performance for England against Egypt, but Arsene insisted he had no worries whatsoever. Said Arsene, “I believe Theo has not only a football brain, but he has a brain – that means he will continue to develop at a very quick pace. I believe in him bbecause he has a fantastic attitude, he’s an intelligent boy and highly motivated..” Wenger went on to back Theo to be a “great football player”.
So onto team news and it looks like Campbell (groin) and Vela (jet lag) won’t be available, Alex is also certain to sit out through suspension. Relatively long term absentees Djourou (knee), Gallas (calf), Gibbs (foot), Merida and Van Persie (both ankle) are still some way back. On the positive though, Andrei and Denilson are almost sure to start, while Abou is rated 50:50 to make the starting XI implying that he’ll be on the bench. It’s really good news especially after Aaron’s injury, Deni will slot in fine. We’ve also missed Andrei’s magic and goals too. Apart from these two and Fish head coming in place of Sol, I don’t expect any more changes. Eboue may probably start in place of Bacary to give us the kind of start we had against Sunderland. I will also love to see Theo start.
This is a must-win match and if we get less than 3 points, then maybe we don’t deserve to win the league afterall. A four-goal win will see us go top, albeit temporarily, and a goal for Cesc will ensure he equals Bobby Pires’s record of most goals scored by an Arsenal midfielder in a single season. So we have it all to do tomorrow. Let’s forget about what our rivals are doing and take things one match at a time. A 4 nil win with a Cesc goal will do just fine, and considering our visitors have the worst defensive record in the top flight, it’s certainly not beyond reach.
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