Arshavin to Make Debut
Arsenal go into Saturday’s game with Sunderland on a high after a resounding victory over Cardiff in the FA Cup. The only downside is that the architect of that victory, Eduardo, is out for two-weeks with a hamstring injury. Wenger stated that is occurred minutes before he was taken off, what surprised so many Arsenl fans is that Eduardo was not taken off on the hour.
Also missing from the squad is Adebayor who has been the centre of transfer talk again this week and has come in for criticism for his lack of goals this season.
The crowd on Saturday will be anxiously waiting to see the debut of Arshavin. The longest running saga in Arsenal transfer history concluded on 3 February, now we have waited long enough, we want to see the Russian, our saviour, our creator. Wenger has stated that he will play some part in the game, but he is not sure how he will use him. There will be a chorus of boos like you have never heard if Eboue starts in his place or if Eboue replaces him.
Carlos Vela had a great game on the left. Nobody will mind if the Mexican was the player to replace Arshavin or even to start instead of him. This boy is a box of tricks and has plenty of energy; Arsene needs to start using him more often.
Our Achilles heel remains the central midfield, Song blows hot and cold and we cannot afford this if we are to pursue a top four finish. Denilson gets on with his job in a quiet unassuming manner and this perhaps brings him undue criticism.
If we play an attacking and flowing game, if Bendtner takes his Cardiff form (except for the glaring misses) into the game against Sunderland and van Persie and Nasri weave their magic, the points should be ours.
Arsenal need to be waring of the dangers posed by Kenwyn Jones, to counter his aerial threat Wenger should turn to Johan Djourou, just as he did against Chelsea. Djourou is strong in the air and this is what we will need against Sunderland.
All our games are must win games, we cannot afford to have one eye on Tuesday’s clash with Roma, and we need three points at all costs and then worry about the Roma game when it comes around.