Roberto Carlos now plays for Arsenal|Wigan Preview + Injury News
Today’s Premier League game represents an opportunity for the team to return to winning ways.
We visit Wigan at the DW Stadium having lost and drawn our last two games. But the fact that not much fuss was made about our “winless streak” only highlights the amount of positivity our unbeaten run brought.
Our good run in the League is still intact though, the draw against Fulham didn’t harm us as much considering that United, Liverpool and Man City all drew their games.
But the loss to Man City in the Carling Cup hurts even more now, seeing as we would have had to contest with L’pool, Cardiff and Crystal Palace for the title.
One can also argue that we should be there to take advantage when the other top teams drop points in the league. If we keep dropping points like that, we won’t make the top four, not to talk of winning the league.
Meanwhile, our captain reckons we signed a full back who reminds him of Roberto Carlos. Andre Santos, our 28-year old left back has a lot in common with the legendary full back and this makes RVP happy. Said he:
“…what I really like about him is his confidence on the ball. He’s firstly a left back, but he’s so much more than that-he gets the ball to his feet, plays one-twos…I love his play.”
Glowing comments from the captain on a player who has definitely impressed but still has a lot of work to do. Andre Santos is a joy to watch going forward, but is somewhat suspect defensively. He’s still adapting though.
Back to today’s game, Wigan have won 4 points from their last two games, something which has lifted their sagged spirits after 8 straight losses. Add this to the fact that we have only taken one point from our last two trips to that stadium and you can be sure this game isn’t already won.
Three points is however a possibility. Heck! We are favourites to win this game, we just need to keep our calm, respect the Wigan players and make our chances count.
We’ll be without perma-crocks Rosicky and Diaby for this game. Rosicky is suffering from a thigh strain, while Diaby has returned to the injury table with a hamstring injury.
I expect Ramsey, Arteta and Song to return to midfield, Verma5 and the BFG (Big F**kin’ German) at centre back flanked by Andre Santos and Koscielny. The attack picks itself.
With Chamakh, Arshavin and Park firing blanks, I do not see them anywhere near the starting XI. Oxlade-Chamberlain may even replace one of them on the bench!
In all, it should be an enjoyable 90+ minutes of proper football. A 2-0 win for the good guys will do just fine. I’m not so sure I’ll get my clean sheet though.
Kick off is at 15:00 GMT; if you cannot be in the stands, support the team from behind your TV, PC, or radio. Just make sure to keep it goonerish wherever this post meets you!
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