A tricky visit to the Brum looms
So our quest for “the holy grail” requires us to pay a visit to one of the teams with the best home league records. Birmingham City haven’t lost at St Andrew’s since September, and Manchester United and Chelsea have both dropped points there, both coming back with somewhat lucky draws. We all should be well aware that the closest we’ve come to the title since 2004 was in the 07/08 season, but our challenge started to crumble on a certain sunny afternoon at the same stadium. In one match, Theo bagged his first league goals(a brace), Dudu suffered THAT horrific injury, we conceded a goal from a free kick, we were denied many clear penalties but later went on to concede a silly one. All these in 90minutes of pulsating action that ended with the whole world seeing the baby side of Gallas. Those memories still linger in the mind of every gooner till today as the moment everything changed for us.
Two years on and we visit again with a slightly different first eleven ready to banish every memory. A lot has happened to this team in those two years, and Birmingham fans will watch a different Arsenal tomorrow. The “class” of 2010 have more steel, mental strength and belief than that of 2008. Ramsey was done an “Eduardo” at Stoke some weeks ago, we would not have won that match two years ago but this time we won well. We were a man down against West Ham for over 50mins and yet we covered every blade of grass and won the match restricting them to half chances. This year we haven’t got Ade but we’ve got Nikky B, there was no Arsha or TV5 then, Clichy and Cesc have become “men” since then. These lads have all the belief in the world and the only thing that can stop them now is themselves.
Onto team news, TV5 will sadly sit out this one due to suspension, there are some doubts over Nikky B’s fitness too. Gallas isn’t lucky enough to make it in time for this one too. We’ll be missing these lads plus RVP and the likes who have been out for quite longer periods. So I expect Song to continue alongside Sol in centre defence even though I suspect Fish Head might get the nod. The midfield should be largely unchanged, maybe Diaby coming in for Song in the event of his(Song) deployment to defence. The front three should basically be the same that has served us well for quite a number of games with Arsha and Samir on both wings. Bendy’s fitness worries may just see Dudu start this game and you can be sure he’s going to settle some scores with the home fans. Even though Arsene has continually stressed the importance of this match over the Barcelona tie, I feel me may need some rotation up front and the idea of Rosicky and Theo starting in place of Arsha and Samir isn’t quite a bad one.
So even though I’m not feeling as confident as I expected, I still back us to see of the threat of this really decent Birmingham side. I think it’s going to end in a 2-0 win for us and I hope and pray I’m correct. This is one of the two “tasking” matches left in our run in with the other being the visit of Citeh to the Ems, but if reports are anything to go by, Robin should be back for that one which makes it a splendid match up. Yh, I know we’ve still got the Spuds left but c’mon, it’s the premier League for God’s sake, they haven’t done it in about 13 years or so and are NOT going to do it now, not when it matters to us most!
It’s Friday lads and still quite some hours to kickoff, so there’s still lotza time to party and do crazy stuffs.
From wherever you are reading, have fun.
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