Hello and good afternoon readers. Today we play probably the most crucial game so far this season for a number of reasons. Arguably the Dortmund, Napoli or even Everton fixtures were more important, however I can’t help but feel that due to recent results the pressure and focus is all on this one. We play against Mourinho’s Chelsea at the Emirates who have been having a bit of a yo-yo season up until now.
On one hand a win today would put them joint top whereas a loss will mean they’re five points behind. Couple that with their hilarious cup exit to Stoke and you seem to get a picture of how their season is going.
As for Arsenal, a huge run of form has meant we’ve been at the top for a large part of the season now. We’re currently sitting in third with both Liverpool and City above us respectively, however a win today would ensure we go two points clear of them both – again highlighting the importance of this fixture.
The thing is it’s not the end of the league chances if we lose because the reality is we’d still only be one point off the top. Consider the fact that we have probably the easiest run out of the top clubs for the next handful of games and it’s not a worry to only have to gain one point. However I can’t help but feel winning today is vital for reasons other than the league table.
Firstly, we need to beat Mourinho. Despite Wenger playing down the history between the two, it’s a fact that we’re yet to get three points over him. That’s because the twat seems to park the bus every single time he comes to the Emirates. It’s an embarrassing tactic which seems to work again and again, even just to grab a point. We can’t expect any different tomorrow – we need to get that win on the board.
Secondly, we need to get every one of those embarrassing clueless pundits to stop using that shitty statement “Arsenal can’t win the big games.” It’s fucking annoying. We beat Sp*rs, Liverpool (who currently sit top), Napoli and Dortmund and they’ve still got the audacity to say that? Fucking moronic bellends.
Lastly, and most importantly, because we deserve it. We have easily been the most in form team this season. The anti-Gooners said we’d struggle to make top four, that we had no chance of the title and that Wenger had lost it – yet we’re the ones that have held the top spot for longest. We need to make a statement today, we need to say “we are the main contenders, if you don’t count us your clueless.”
Wenger acknowledged these questions as to whether or not we’re genuine contenders and said
At the moment everybody still questions us. We haven’t won it [the Premier League] for a long time, that’s why they question us.
We’re without a trophy for nine years now, which is too long for a club of Arsenal’s stature. The stadium move helped towards producing such a drought no doubt, however Wenger feels that the lack of trophies doesn’t play on his mind, more the lack of the big ones, saying
It’s not without winning a trophy, it’s without winning the Premier League, If you win the League Cup it doesn’t change anything.
It’s the Premier League that is the most important thing and we haven’t won it for nine years. Of course it doesn’t strengthen your belief.
The longer you go without winning the league the harder it becomes, but this team of players will be feeling hungry and determined to get it this season. There’s a lot of pressure on today’s fixture, it isn’t going to be an easy game whatsoever. But if they can’t handle the pressure of a December home fixture against a transitional Chelsea, then how can they have the belief that come March things will be any easier? Especially when other teams are coming into form, we’re on the back of our dreaded fixture list and we’re facing tired legs and exhausted minds.
The squad tonight I imagine will be much like the squad used against City but with two obvious replacements. Koscielny will be replaced by Vermaelen due to his rather nasty slice on his knee and Wilshere will be left out as part of his two match ban for giving the City fans the finger. Vermaelen has been saying all season he’s waiting for his time – well this is it. If he wants to give Wenger a serious selection headache when Koscielny returns then he needs to be an absolute beast at the back today.
As for the rest of the squad it seems the biggest boost is the return of German striker Lukas Podolski. The boss spoke about having him back and said
It’s a big boost because he can score goals in big games. He has shown that before. He is a clinical finisher and a great football player.
I can imagine he’ll feature from the bench due to the lack of match fitness, however his importance cannot be underestimated. He was an efficient player last season, notching up 17 goals and 11 assists for the club. That efficiency will be a useful tool in the latter stages of the game when we’re looking for somebody to create something for the team. Besides, don’t we all love Lukas? I do, I mean the guy is on my home shirt for a reason!
One player who will be the game changer today though is Mesut Ozil. The German used to play under Mourinho and definitely has a lot of love for the man, so it’ll be interesting to see how he plays against him. I can imagine Mourinho will be playing mind games in the tunnel before the game, but Ozil needs to show he’s professional and mature enough to deal with them and the occasion itself. If he can deliver an amazing performance today, we’ll win by a large margin. If he’s fairly unknown then he’d still probably get an assist or a goal – but would that be enough? We’ll see.
Last thing before I go, just to put a smile on your face. Wenger was quizzed in the conference about being busy in January, in which he said
At the moment, no.
Before showing his trademark “something up my sleeve” grin and saying
But that can change.
Anyway, that’s a few weeks away yet so let’s keep our minds completely focused on the game. My predictions are a close 2-1 win, because Mourinho will prevent any free-flowing, enjoyable, fun football but we’ll have the balls and maturity to find a way to seal the three points anyway.
COME ON YOU GOONERS!!!