JD On The Rocks, MC Getting Hammered – Arsenal Time.
Ahead of the fixture at The Hawthorns, Arsène and the players will have been working out the whys and wherefores of recent defeats, how to avoid them and how to ensure that the remaining ten matches are won, a run that would ensure safe return of the Premier League trophy to its rightful home.
It is a run that is not going to be involving a number of key players, for part of it at least. Whilst Thomas Vermaelen has lost his season, Johan Djourou flits from despair to repair, not sure of his situation for a few days more,
When you dislocate a shoulder, it takes a lot more time. The thing with shoulders is that if you don’t operate and I played in a month, it could come out again. We’ll just have to see how it settles over the next few days.
Despite his consultant has said that he wants to wait to see if it will heal naturally, a crack team of Swiss surgeons were fiddling with their Swiss Army knives, readying themselves for action should their footballing masters decree international intervention necessary.
Equally disappointed is going to be Fabio Capello. Theo Walcott looks set to miss the trip to the West Midlands and with it England’s internationals, the former more troublesome than the latter. Walcott’s pacey outlet has been missed in recent matches and in an away game against a team fighting for survival, it is a different problem to be solved by the opposition.
We will know more come the end of the week but if he does not make the trip to West Bromwich, he will not be playing for England. Which will not do him any harm whatsoever.
It is adding up to troubled times we are led to believe. Add in the missing Szczesny and Song, those missing are going to lead to a collapse in the title challenge. Apparently.
No evidence of this save for playing the team rated as the best in Europe and losing. Away from home. Or losing at the home of the team currently occupying top spot in the Premier League. The evidence is apparently based on cumulative cup defeats. One-off games now determine the outcome of a thirty eight game tournament. Apparently.
The players do not believe that to be the case, publicly at least. Johan Djourou observed,
I truly believe that we will be the champions. We are disappointed with our cup exits but the Premier League is still the main trophy, we are still on for it and we have to believe.
But what’s your motivation,
I think that people don’t give us the credit we deserve. We get a lot of stick because we haven’t won for a while and we just want to win to put an end to all that. To say, ‘That’s it, there it is’.
Good man, that’s the spirit. The spirit that a bunch of ‘chokers’ will never show, never have and never be capable of having. The spirit that players who are told every day that they are not good enough to have ever won the red of Arsenal, according to the sages of the electronic world. The players who have been world-beaters according to the same people six months earlier. It’s more confusing than a series of Soap.
In case your wondering, Marouane Chamakh agrees,
The final thing for us to focus on is the League and, knowing the lads and the qualities we have, I think we can win it. There are ten games left until the end of the season, there is no longer any room for failure, we have run out of excuses as we are out of all three Cups.
We are frustrated but we can win this title this season. It’s the right time. This is the last stretch of a long road to the title and we need to work hard.
The players want to win the title, the supporters want them to win the title. How can we demand that they show the necessary fight and spirit when it absent from ourselves. Now is it too much to ask that the players be given support and spared the bitching, until the end of the season. Probably…