No midweek game for Arsenal this week as the players get a whole week of rest and training to prepare to return to Britannia Stadium on Saturday. That will allow some of those that have been missing for the last couple of games the chance to recover from their respective injuries.
William Gallas has been a big miss, especially when Sol Campbell is not available to play in consecutive games. Mikael Silvestre does not imbue me with lots of confidence and after his showing on Saturday against Sunderland, I’m thankful there is no midweek game. Gallas has a calf muscle strain but is pencilled in for a return for Stoke. However should he not be able to make it for Stoke, then Porto’s game is surely the one where the former captain will be ready.
Just like in 2006, Wenger has once again come out and championed the inclusion of Theo Walcott in England’s World Cup squad for South Africa. Walcott has had a horrendous time out with injuries this season and could not get any run of games in his belt to get his confidence and touch back. But, there may yet be hope. I’m one of those that are not impressed with the young Englishman every time that he has been on the pitch this season. However, recently I looked back at the season review of 2 season’s ago when Walcott was into his second season at the club. There he looks as confident on the ball as you will ever see him be. Utilizing his blistering pace to good effect, Walcott was involved in a lot of good things that happened that season.
What does the young man need to do to get back to that level? I think Walcott just need to slow down, literally. Defenders are well aware of his pace and will stick ever so close and nick the ball of him easily, especially if his first touch continues to be heavy. Control is the name of the game. He should realise that we do not expect him to run past defenders all the time whenever he has the ball. Pass and move tactic will suit him just fine. We have all seen what Walcott is capable of doing and there’s no reason why that cannot be repeated on a consistent basis. Time will tell on this one.
At the moment things are going as they are suppose to. Man City visits Stamford Bridge this weekend. City could win there or at least hold out for a draw, stranger things have happened. However, we should just focussed on our own game and worry about the rivals afterwards. Ramsey and Wenger both echoes this sentiment. Wenger goes on to say this;
On our side I believe we have the spirit, the belief and if we can keep the togetherness we showed on Saturday then we have a chance. But we go to Stoke on Saturday. We know we have to turn up with full belief and full commitment there or the dream will be shattered.
There, let the dream continues. Who knows, it might just become a reality.