We feel much better today don’t we. The result from last night sure has pepped up my Wednesday. With Chelsea doing us a favour, potentially we could be just a point off United and still to play them later in the season. In very simple terms, if Arsenal win all of their remaining league games, Arsenal would be champions.
However, all that would have to wait until Saturday as we have another domestic cup game tonight. Leyton Orient forced us into a replay and it was a great effort on their part, couple of course with meek effort on our part. I’ve talked a lot about how this game will decide how we treat the Carling Cup final defeat and our season will shape out to be. Therefore, there is no need to go through that again today.
One thing that’s for sure, I don’t know who will play tonight. Whether Arsene Wenger will use tonight’s game for his crest-fallen players to patch up that hurt pride or will he give them a break. We already have 4 confirmed non participation from the line-up that started at Wembley. Robin Van Persie is out with a knee problem, Laurent Koscielny has a tight hamstring, Alex Song has a knee problem and Wojciech is confirmed to be on the bench.
Seeing as that being the case, Wenger might as well revert to the side similar to the one that drew at Brisbane Road. Use the couple of days for those that played on Sunday to rest mentally. I’m sure that along with the fans, they will also feel reinvigorated by Chelsea’s win over United. It will also provide them with some measure of relief, should there be idiotic fans tonight who starts booing the team.
Which brings us to the line-up of this;
I have not seen Tomas Rosicky played the next game when he has had full 90 minutes this season. So, it’s safe to assume to the same. Andrey Arshavin could also play on the left of our attacking trident but I think Samir Nasri will get the nod. Simply because he brings so much more to the team than the Russian.
Surely this game also means a lot to Nicklas Bendtner. While I don’t think for one second that he is happy that RvP is out for Barcelona, I’m sure he is happy to know that he’ll get another run-out at Nou Camp. When he came in last season, Bendtner was the difference in many games and could do so again this season. Watch out for this space.
Whilst those changes are made, it doesn’t mean that we are giving up the FA Cup. Although, in terms of importance, it is only a place higher than the Carling Cup. The injuries are beginning to mount as we run up to the Barcelona return leg. Are we at the time when we start to prioritize competitions to focus on? Or is Wenger confident enough that his squad is big enough to carry on in all 3 competitions?
I mentioned the fans earlier. I know we are all frustrated by yet another screw up from the team. But the team needs us. More than ever, we need to show them that we will support the team no matter what. It works both way. If you don’t feel that the team deserve your support then don’t cheer but please do not boo. Here’s to a good win tonight and we’ll have a meeting at Old Trafford.