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Burnley Preview: Do It For Aaron 5 March, 2010

Posted by lasagnechef in Arsenal News.

This is the sign that members of the Arseblog forum including myself have contributed to and will be unveiled at tomorrow’s game against Burnley. Credit to everyone involved, look out for it tomorrow. RedAction have also commissioned this massive 18×15 footer, they’re asking for contributions and if you’d like to get involved and have a chance of winning it for yourself go here. Apparently there’s another banner being done by the Gooner Forums so it’s set to be a big day for Ramsey tributes. “There’s only one Aaron Ramsey” was loud and clear at the Britannia and I expect it’ll carry on well into tomorrow’s game.

This whole idea of ‘Do It For Aaron’ starts now. In 2008 there was the same notion of winning the league for Eduardo but the title challenge crumbled at the very game in which he busted his leg and it never really happened. However this time around we’re stronger and we really can win the league for Ramsey. Last weekend’s tough away win at Stoke was the perfect catalyst to get us going for this run in. It’s time to pull together, take every single game as it comes and win it. I heard a great line this week, ‘You can break our bones but you can’t break our spirit.’ Let’s prove it.

Wenger says we can’t put a date on Aaron’s return, we just have to wait and do everything we can to help him return in the best possible condition. He will be out for a long time that’s for sure, but he won’t be forgotten and I hope that all this support he’s getting will make him feel a whole lot better.

So obviously Ramsey is out of tomorrow’s game – so too is Campbell but Diaby is back. Sol could be back to play Porto on Tuesday but obviously all this regular football is taking its toll on the 35-year-old. I never expected him to be able to come in and play 90 minutes of every game, however when he has been called upon he has been fantastic. He haven’t missed Gallas at all so I hope either he of Sol is back for Tuesday’s massive Champions League game. With Gallas still out it means Silvestre will partner Vermaelen in defence tomorrow who played 90 minutes for Belgium in the week but should be fit enough to cope. Alex Song is suspended but Denilson and Arshavin are back in the squad so we have options again. Song is out for two games which is a blow but this rest might do him some good as we go into this vital run. So here’s how I think we will start:

Sagna – Silvestre – Vermaelen – Clichy
Fabregas (c) – Diaby
Nasri – Bendtner – Arshavin

I know I’m repeating myself but I’d like to see Eboue start again too, he’s doing really well recently. I don’t think Walcott will play though, Wenger has had to back him again after a poor performance for England in the week. This season I’ve finally come to terms with the fact that the promising 16-year-old we signed a few years back will not turn into the world beater we all thought he might be. He’ll be a decent enough player and will always be on the fringe of our first XI but he is not the replacement to our old no.14. I hope I’m wrong though.

Tomorrow is a game we really should be winning. Burnley have an awful away record picking up just one point on the road this season and are sitting second bottom above Portsmouth who beat them last weekend. They should be easy for us tomorrow and a strong win will look good to back up our hard fought three points last weekend. A 4-0 will put us at the top of the Premier League; well at least until Man United travel to Molineux in the late kick off, hopefully Wolves put out a full strength team this time.

It’ll be no walkover though, we’ll have to work for the three points but if we get an early goal then we should be in control of this game. Burnley will be coming here knowing they’ve taken points off us before and a memorable performance tomorrow could kick start their fight to stay in the Premier League.

I have a felling it’ll be a good game to go to tomorrow and I’m gutted I can’t make it. After going up to Stoke last week I’m full of the Gooner spirit at the moment. I’ve worn Arsenal shirts pretty much all week since last Saturday! Enjoy it those of you who are going, look out for our banner and show your support.

Let’s do it for Aaron now. COME ON YOU GUNNERS.


1. akshay - 5 March, 2010

what about Rosicky?..Hes been fantastic and he was for Czech Republic in Mid- Week. I think he should start ahead of Samir Nasri.

2. Steve - 5 March, 2010

Walcott will be fine he’s only 20 and he’s had a lot of injuries for one so young… it’s in the glimpse that the true talent is seen and all this talk of him not having a football brain is from a Spud.
A run of games and he’ll shake the low confidence that’s all it is.
Did you never get that, when you played football them times when nothing would stick to your foot and it just took time and hard work to get back to that level. If he wasn’t English he’d be given the time.

3. Fab4 - 5 March, 2010

I would have thought Eboue would start at right back, as is normal against the “smaller” teams, where we don’t have to defend as much. I would prefer to see Rosicky or Nasri in central midfield alongside Cesc, rather than Denilson.

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