Win at Spurs could spark title charge 12 April, 2010Posted by lasagnechef in Arsenal News.
Usually I hate it when we’re out of action but for once I enjoyed a little weekend off. We’ve had a hectic time at the moment and these extra few days rest will do us good and allow us to refocus on the task of winning the league. We now really need to win all of our remaining five matches and if we take three points away from White Hart Lane on Wednesday night we will be in good shape to win the remaining four. Newly crowned player of the month, Nicklas Bendtner has been talking about how much it means to beat Tottenham. I believe that any sort of win on Wednesday will put us in the high spirits we need to end the season with that 100% record.
It’s not going to be easy though, we’re without a lot of players. We’ll have no Fabregas, Gallas, Arshavin and van Persie who we would all love to be involved. We’ll have to wait and see on Alex Song who I’m sure we’ll get confirmation on in the pre-match press conference. There are some stories going around about van Persie being involved but I highly doubt that, most of the quotes are from this interview with Colin Lewin where he says, “Robin will be joining the squad for full training imminently.” That doesn’t mean straight into first team football. You never know though, he might make the bench. We’ll have to see what Wenger says tomorrow.
Either way we’re going to miss players but what we do have is fresh legs. We’ve had a week off since the Barcelona game but as I’m sure you know Spurs were hilariously dumped out of the FA Cup yesterday afternoon by Championship newcomers Portsmouth. The tie went to extra time which hopefully should account for some heavy legs come Wednesday. In every game we show our superior fitness to our opponents and that’s proven by the amount of late goals we score, therefore come around the hour mark against Spurs we should be all over them.
There’s been a bit of talk about us bouncing back from the Barcelona defeat by beating our rivals but to be honest I’ve never looked at it like that. Yes it was a shame to be knocked out of Europe but I’m not down about it or anything and I hope the squad feels the same. The Barcelona match and the North London Derby are two separate games to be treated differently. Whatever the result was in the Nou Camp you expect our boys to go there fired up and looking to win. I guess these stories are just to make headlines in a slow weekend for news but I’m not worried about a Barcelona hangover. I guess if we’d have won people would be talking about us being extra confident but even then I’d think we have to concentrate on the game at hand. After all form and everything else goes out the window in this game, even Tottenham’s recent FA Cup exit will have been forgotten – but hopefully their tired legs will remain.
As for the title race itself it took another turn yesterday when United were held 0-0 at Blackburn. It means a win on Wednesday will take us up to second but everything seems to be going Chelsea’s way at the moment. From results to somehow not losing John Terry for three games for that disguising challenge on Milner on Saturday. I don’t know how the FA rate Howard Webb so much, on Saturday he showed another level of incompetence – how long will this go on before they realize how shite he is? Probably forever but he’s definitely got worse this season and it’s a joke he will be rewarded by representing England in South Africa. The tackle was an absolute disgrace and Milner is very lucky not to have had his leg snapped in two. It’s the very thing Wenger was talking about needing to get ruled out of the game, there is no need for him to have his foot in the air like that and whenever you fly in you are risking breaking bones. I’m no fan of Milner but I’m glad he didn’t suffer a career-threatening break.
Anyway I digress, this really is Chelsea’s title to lose now, we need to them to drop points somewhere, Anfield and White Hart Lane are looking the most likely places. However we still have to go to Ewood Park where they and United have both drawn, free-scoring City are coming to ours in a couple of weeks and of course the derby in a couple of days. We have to just do our bit though with the players we have and hope the others slip up along the way.
It’s going to be an exciting end of season for sure and if we somehow manage to wiggle our way into first then it’ll be one of the most memorable titles in our history.