The next game for Arsenal is still 4 days away and all is quiet on the Arsenal front. Theo Walcott celebrates his 21st birthday as Arsenal look to clinch their first ever trophy in 5 years with 8 games still left to play in the Premier League. Whether Walcott gets on the plane to South Africa with the rest of the England squad is of no importance to me. Whether he helps Arsenal win any trophy is the one I’m more concerned about. His chances are slightly higher now, considering that Beckham is now out injured, and so is Aaron Lennon. The most important thing is to keep himself fit and consistently produced the goods, just like he did against Burnley, and surely he will get to go.
There was a party to celebrate his birthday in which many of his friends of colleagues were in attendance, including Andrey Arshavin. The little Russian got involve in a minor car accident and if that happened whilst he was on the way to Walcott’s party, I’m sure the Englishman might not be too cheerful about it. Luckily it was a minor one and Arshavin looks to be unharmed, but the same cannot be said of his car bumper.
Those 8 games remaining are divided equally among home and away fixtures.
20/3 West Ham (H) 27/3 Birmingham (A) 03/4 Wolverhampton (H) 10/4 Tottenham (A) 24/4 Man City (H) 01/5 Blackburn (A) 09/5 Fulham (H)
Of those 8, only 3 games should present some form of discomfort and slight worries to me. Birmingham are still within a shout of the Europa League places, however with Liverpool and Man City among those in front of them, the Midlands side looks to be finishing solidly in the top half of the table. They are a tough nut to crack at home as Chelsea and United both have found out recently and have a wonderful record of being unbeaten at St. Andrews since October of last year. With Tottenham still in the hunt for a place in the coveted Champions League next season, they also would want to find a result against us at White Hart Lane. There’s also the unbeaten league sequence against them in the North London Derby which they would want to break. Last but not least is the Man City game at home. With the incredible actions from our last league visit to the City of Manchester Stadium, this will be a full blooded affair. They are also vying together with Spurs for the last Champions League spot.
As fans, we like games to come thick and fast. The same can also be said of players and teams, when they are in form. However, lethargy kicks in when those games keep coming. When energy levels drops, it is hard to coarse out any sort of performance. Let’s the players have a bit of rest in terms of high profile and energy sapping games and use these few days to recover from niggles and ease those aches that have accumulated. Even us as fan, needs the occasional rest from all the tension and stress of waiting for our team to come up with a winner.