Time To Summon Some Spirit And Strength
When things go quiet in the club, you know that the PR people are actually doing their job properly. Of course that means that the media are starved of stories and therefore some daft tales take centre stage. It seems that Juventus are looking to do what Barcelona and Real Madrid have failed to in the past and take the club en masse to Turin with Robin van Persie and Bacary Sagna just the start of a trickle to the Europa League next season. Failing to win the title will apparently mean that Melo and Buffon will make their Arsenal debuts ten years after being first linked with a possible transfer to the club.
Of course, what could the players actually have said this week? What could they have offered following the consecutive Premier League defeats that would have made the situation any better? Frankly nothing. The squad has talked quite a lot in the past about focus and ability, the time to deliver, etc., but this past ten days such words would have meant little since the actions did not deliver.
Tomorrow’s match with Manchester City is key for both clubs. An Arsenal win combined with a Spurs defeat sees 3rd place confirmed and 2nd out of sight, a classic case of mixed emotions although for the first time since 2005-06 that would mean automatic qualification for the group stages of the Champions League next season. That combination would suit Manchester City in their attempt to qualify for Europe’s premier cup competition, not improving their situation whilst not making it any worse.
A City win tomorrow increases nervousness around Arsenal, with the gap between the two reduced to six points and a game in hand for the chasing pack. Failure to finish in the top three would class this season, overall, as no improvement on last in cold statistical terms. Fourth in the Premier League, fourth again. The players simply cannot let that happen for until the current spate of injuries, few could put forward any cogent arguments that this season had not been a step in the right direction compared to last. Not the finished article but a giant stride forward nonetheless. Third cements that argument.
Tomorrow is about showing the spirit which was evident earlier in the season, when the results went against the side in matches against the other top four sides, adversity brought out the best in terms of effort and application. Winning at this end of the season does not have to be pretty unless it is a meaningless match. Whilst key players are missing and with their physical absence, the mental strength is not there as well.
It is in these situations where Campbell and Silvestre should step up as senior pro’s. The former has shown the mental strength necessary as well as defying the years with his performances; the latter is well, the latter. They need to kick some strength into the rest. Little wonder that Arsène will be hoping Alex Song passes a fitness test. That and the appearance of Robin van Persie at kick-off would give the Arsenal team a more confident feel about it, from the stands anyway.
Posted on April 23, 2010, in Arsenal, Football, Premier League, Premiership, Soccer, Transfer Gossip and tagged Arsenal, Football, Manchester City, Premier League, Soccer. Bookmark the permalink. 116 Comments.