Greetings Gooners Far & Wide,
Its only right to pay respect to Daniel David Fiszman (9 January 1945 – 12 April 2011). May His Soul Rest in Peace.
Its another cracker tomorrow in the EPL as we welcome Kenny Dalglish’s Liverpool to the Emirates. This fixture is one to look forward to as both teams have had their own fair share of ups and downs this season but from where we’re standing, we’re rooting for an Arsenal win.
The team is bolstered by the return of Song for some much needed muscle in mid-field. Djourou and Szczesny also make their return in defense and goal respectively, with rumours of Vermaelen making a bench appearance. So its safe to assume that this is “The return of the first Team”. Kudos to the team that played Blackpool last weekend, Cesc , Wilshere and most surprisingly Diaby who did a fairly good job in the midfield but would need to step up their game against a very determined Liverpool side.
Playing Liverpool earlier this season was not an easy task as we were just able to scrap a point after an own goal by Pepe Reina in the 90th minute of a match that ended 1-1. At this stage of the season its in the Teams best interest not to drop any points so as to keep title dreams alive. With Andy Carrol bagging his first two goals for Liverpool on Monday he will definitely be one to look out for as he has already scored against Arsenal at the Emirates earlier this season and we don’t want him becoming the first player to score against us twice with two different teams at home. January Super signing Luis Suarez would also be another player to look out for, remember how he single handedly bamboozled the entire Manchester United defense? We wouldn’t want a repeat of that, Portuguese man Raul Meireles is also having an amazing season in Liverpool’s colors having scored some crucial goals for them this season.
In general this team is not one to be taken lightly. But if you’re talking of form, one man certainly at the top of that table is Robin Van Persie, who I fancy to grab another goal this weekend.
Possible Formation: Szczesny, Sagna, Koscielny, Djourou, Clichy, Song, Fabregas, Wilshere, Nasri, Van Persie, Walcott.
With 7 games left, let’s hope on the day of that seventh match we would see on our respective TV screen’s “Arsenal’s Recent Form : ” W W W W W W” & with some sort of miracle The EPL will be ours.
From wherever you are, Keep the Arsenal dream alive and let’s do this for Danny Fiszman if not for any other reason.
Faf Says So
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Okay we did not get the news we were looking for all through yesterday, the club did not sign the players many of us fans felt we needed to consolidate on our position this season. However, I think a couple of the yesterday’s major moves will have a big effect on how our season pans out.
The English football market went bonkers as Chelsea shelled out money in excess of 70million quid on World Cup winning crock Torres (50million) and Brazilian defender David Luiz (over 20million). These two players were highly needed to resuscitate a fading Chelsea side and the Blues got their men. Liverpool meanwhile signed Andy Carroll and David Suarez, two top strikers in their own rights, to help them get out of stormy waters. Now you ask, how does this help us in any way?
We are currently 5 points behind United in the League but the beauty of that is that we have played our difficult games against our major rivals. Torres and Luiz will have to wait until next season before lining up against us in the League; Carroll and Suarez won’t be eager to impress the Kop when they play us, because there will be no Kop. Yes, we play them at the Emirates! We know what Carroll is all about now and we have got Djourou back. So Liverpool should not be much of a problem, I suppose.
United on the other hand are still to play Chelsea home and away with the first of those games coming in a fortnight or thereabout. They also face the task of playing Liverpool away; then they visit us at the Emirates later in the season, not to mention the Manchester derby. You would normally expect all three teams (Chelsea, Man City and United) to drop points in those matches; but if, and I mean this, if United manage to play those games but still find themselves unbeaten and at the League’s summit, it either means we have been inconsistent ourselves or they have just been sublime. Then maybe they deserve to win the title after all.
Meanwhile, we have Everton visiting tonight and if you are wondering why we have to play twice in three days, Wenger explained right here. I do not understand the full gist but my guess is it has to do with sponsorship and television rights. Everton have drawn their last 3 games and if the words of their manager are anything to go by, they wouldn’t mind adding another one. No thanks, Mr. Moyes, we do mind!
It’s stale gist that Nasri is out for around 3 weeks; it is a sad thing for our best player this season to go off injured just when we are beginning to rejoice at having everyone back. Just how much we will miss him remains to be seen. I think we will miss him most in our away game against Newcastle as he has a penchant for unlocking such teams away from home. Arshavin can particularly help ease that burden though if he keeps up his attitude in the last two games. No, he hasn’t been spectacular, but we can all see he’s beginning to turn the corner.
Amid all the crazy stories we got yesterday, one thing struck me though; the three top clubs in England (at least by the League standings) at the moment were not involved in any transfer deals; the benefits of a settled squad maybe? Given his recent interviews concerning player transfers and the team’s current position, I’m inclined to believe that Arsene just might know best. Maybe I’m delusional too but let’s see who is smiling come May.
From wherever you are reading, keep supporting the gunners.
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