Daily Archives: March 14, 2011

Cup “distractions” are finally over…time to gun for the Premier League

Another Monday is upon us again. The last fortnight will not bring any fond memories for the Arsenal faithful. We are 10 weeks away from two possible outcomes. Either we win the Premier League or we go trophyless for the 6th year in a row.

The only unfortunate thing about our final surge for the league is that we’ll go into the home stretch of the season with Johan Djourou and Wojciech Szczesny.

Johan Djourou will definitely look back to this season in his latter years as his breakthrough season in Arsenal Football Club. After a series of patchy performances in his early years, his career was almost blighted by that horrific knee injury he suffered that sidelined him for almost a year.

He started this season as our 4th choice center back behind Vermaelen, Koscielny and the Squisha.

Vermaelen was the 1st to go with his famous “3 day” Achilles injury. When he was introduced in the Carling Spoon 3rd round encounter, he was quite shaky but as soon as he started getting games under his belt, his confidence levels soared. He then emerged to be our best defender by a mile this season with his dominant performances. There used to be times when a simple ball over the top was all the opposition needed to destroy our defense. Djourou’s height and physique played a major role in quelling that threat. Sagna’s accidental clash with him on Saturday meant that Arsenal will be without Injourou’s services for the remainder of the season because he has dislocated his shoulder. In Football Manager you’ll be out for 4 months. Good luck to the brown mohawked lad as he starts his long road to recovery.

Wojciech Szczesny on the other hand has gone to see a specialist. The specialist may advice for a surgery to fix the tendon problem. The initial diagnosis for his injury stands at 6 weeks but if he undergoes surgery Wojciech will be out for the rest of the season.

These 2 players have sent thoughts through AW the Alchemist’s head. It’s now left for him to decide who’ll be behind the sticks on a permanent basis next season. I’m positive that it’s going to be a Pole. I don’t know if it’ll be the older or the younger.

We are now left in the last hurdle. We need our players to stand up and be counted. Our goal hungry attackers have being shooting blanks in recent weeks.

There is no more talk of “fixture congestion”. We play our games on Saturdays and Sundays so I don’t see any reason why we can’t win all our remaining games till the end of the season. The last time we were faced in a situation like this, Count Houllier’s Red Vampires came to Highbury. A Henry hattrick resurrected our challenge and we went on to our only trophy that season. The Premier League. We even went unbeaten.

I don’t need rVp to score a hattrick on Saturday against WBA. All I need is a routine victory. That’ll put us on 60 points. Blackburn will be the next to visit the Emirates. Arsenal’s goal scoring wife Paul Robinson will be between the sticks again. We don’t have to pump 6 past him this time. All I need is for us to enough to get 3 points. That’ll put us on 63. Our next trip will be against the adventurous outfit known as Blackpool. We drilled 6 past them in August. I’ll settle for a boring 2-0 scoreline. That’ll put us on 66. Count Dalglish will come with his Red Vampires from Anfield Transylvania in a sunny afternoon. His Vampire’s don’t thrive well at the Emirates. A late Bendtner header will be enough to take us to 69 points. We’ll then head up North to battle Owen Coyle’s Bolton. I wouldn’t mind a Wilshere brace. That’s 72 points. The next game will undoubtedly be our game of the season on the 30th of April. A rVp free kick and an Evra own goal should do the magic. That’ll be 75 points for us and probably a healthy gap extended. Our grit and guile will be tested in Delap’s Brittania Stadium. There’ll be lots of towels for him but a Fabregas penalty should be good enough to take us to 78. We then host Aston Villa with a chance to go 81 up. I hope they won’t be among the bottom 3 when we play them because I don’t intend us to be “forgiving”. The curtain closer will be in Craven Cottage, London. It’s either they clap for us as we enter or the podium will be set after the game. That’ll put us on 84.

84 points is more than enough to secure the Premier League title. Let’s not forget that there’s a revenge game in hand against our bitter rivals Twitch FC so a win there will put us at 87 points.

I’m not a clairvoyant, I’m just a die hard optimistic fan.

It’s not obvious that all the cup “distractions” are over.

Arsenal FC, do it for Aw the Alchemist, the man that has been more than a father.

Our very own Capuan Lanista, who has built the finest gladiators.

Doctore Fabregas, Sparta van Persie and Crixus Nasri, we need you more than ever.

Please, stand up and be counted.

Sayonara