The Past Is Behind Us, The Future Tomorrow & More
The merchants of doom have been out in force over the past twenty four hours, filling the back pages with their smug ‘I told you so‘ comments, as if the result on Sunday has not just knocked Arsenal out of the title race but handed the gongs to Chelsea over everyone else. It makes the remaining 20-odd games largely not worth playing if that is the case.
Losing at home has highlighted the deficiency in that performance, taken in the context of the defeat at Sunderland, a losing run is in progress domestically at least with Stoke offering the opportunity to put that right. They will be well organised but it is too soon to predict that Arsenal will drop away from the title race, especially with reverse fixtures still to take place between the top four sides.
You might recall that last season’s three goal home defeat to Chelsea had been preceded by a 2 – 1 victory at Stamford Bridge. If they can repeat the same winning margin at The Emirates, should we not believe that the same can hold true for the away fixture?
It is all grist to the mill for hacks though, allowing them to resurrect and invent new transfer stories, current favourite is Ruud van Nistelrooy who should be fit for about a week before going missing for the rest of the season. The ideal Arsene signing albeit his age of 129 will count against him. Still, it would the experience that everyone seems to crave that acts in his favour.
Elsewhere, the build up to tomorrow’s visit to Eastlands where Manchester City are indeed undefeated this season. Mark Hughes, who is giving Phil Brown a run for his money in the race to be sacked, has stoked up Emmanuel Adebayor by telling him to repeat his performance of earlier this season. It brings into question Hughes managerial skills since a repeat will end up with the Togolese being banned for about three months rather than three games. Still, when you’ve paid £25m for a striker, you are entitled to expect him to turn up for two games a season.
Arsene has confirmed, unsurprisingly, that the youngsters will continue to play in this competition. Whether or what extent that will extend to the FA Cup is another matter, the draw of an away tie at Upton Park may require a stronger line-up than he would have perhaps put out had it been at the home of a lower league side.
I am not sure why people are fearful of this game. City’s only win since September was a 5-1 drubbing of Scunthorpe and since then the only teams that they have encountered whom they would not have expected to beat are Aston Villa and Liverpool. I have to say that a run of draws against Fulham, Wigan, Birmingham, Burnley and Hull, conceding ten goals in the process holds out hope for even a ‘green’ Arsenal forward line and midfield. The £40m spent on defenders looks to be money well spent. So let’s hope that the youngsters can bring a smile to lift those who need it.
Posted on December 1, 2009, in Arsenal, Football, Premier League, Premiership, Soccer, Transfer Gossip and tagged Arsenal, Carling Cup, Manchester City, Premier League, Transfer Gossip. Bookmark the permalink. 380 Comments.