Last season Arsenal visited Goodison Park in the season opener and whooped Everton 6-1. They will be looking to make amends on that result and it would be foolish for us to expect such outcome again. Reason for this is simple. Every time this season that we seemed to build some momentum, we stutter at the very next moment.
We started the season in a fairly confident mood, aided by some fantastic displays from Theo Walcott in particular but contrived to lose at home to WBA. Then Arsenal went on another good run in which they went to Eastlands to beat Manchester City, a run of games which Lukasz Fabianksi had excelled. It’s hard for supporters not to feel confident about the season given the kind of form that we’ve been in. Then it came tumbling down once again with that defeat to Newcastle last week.
It is fair to say that the problem with Arsenal is our failure to build any momentum. Whenever we seemed to be on a roll, the team would then crumble and lose when they least expects to. Overall we had not played too badly and some players like Samir Nasri, Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere and Marouane Chamakh deserves the plaudits that they are getting. Yet, it is the collective failure to use those good results to build any sort of momentum or championship form is disappointing.
Our midweek win at the Molineux over Wolverhampton is a very good away victory. It is boring to keep stressing on the same things over and over again but it is really important that we do not let that good win go to waste by dropping points tonight. We can’t always take one step forward and two steps back.
Arsene Wenger do have most of his players available to him for this one. It is interesting to see which forward he will choose for this game. Chamakh has done really well since coming into the team. Robin Van Persie is fit now and has already been involve in training for well over a week. There’s also Nicklas Bendtner who had an outburst demanding more playing time and he has already return from injury for a couple of weeks now. I think that RVP has an outside chance of starting since the Moroccan played 90 minutes on Wednesday. The rest should be as they started as Molineux.
Nasri is also expected to start having been given a rest against Wolves. He will share the attacking creativity with Fabregas. On the opposite end of the pitch, Everton also have two players who are capable of creating magic. They are Steven Pienaar and Mikel Arteta. These are the players that Arsenal should be wary about. While Alex Song has been good going forward, I do hope he is more disciplined for this game and doesn’t leave Wilshere exposed at the back.
Good thing is that even if Arsenal have trouble in the game, there’s still an array of international talents on the bench that could come on and make a difference. It might be scrappy tonight but I’m hoping that our superior fitness will pull us through as both sides completes their 3rd match in 7 days.
Come on you Arsenal!!!!!