I really don’t like weekends like this. After a week of frankly dull internationals, we have a a weekend without a game, and even the matches that were played were utterly uninspiring. Looking at the Saturday fixtures and not seeing even one potentially interesting cup tie left me looking forward to Monday night, which is against the entire ethos of a weekend.
As predicted, the cup produced no shocks, and most ties haven’t even been resolved. We’re even further behind, with our fourth round replay against Cardiff not until tomorrow night, but already we know our route to the semi finals, and we have absolutely no excuses for not getting there. A home match against Championship Cardiff, followed by a another home tie against Championship Burnley, and then another at the Emirates against Sheff Utd or Hull. You could not ask for a better run than that, and it would be the ruining of a wonderful opportunity if we failed to get there.
It certainly is tempting to look that far ahead, but Cardiff have to come first, and you could argue that we were lucky not to go out in the first match a couple of weeks ago. Ramsey is a doubt, which might mean Wilshere getting a start on the right with Eboue suspended and Arshavin ineligible. I’d certainly like to see the kid get a chance – he must be chomping at the bit to prove himself again.
But otherwise, nothing is happening. In fact, news is so slow that the News of the World have decided to resurrect the most boring transfer rumour in recent times – Yaya Toure. He’s had at least two trials with us in the past, and Wenger has had countless opportunities to sign him without doing so. He isn’t going to now. I’m surprised the lazy hack didn’t link us with Martins to cover for Adebayor’s injury while he was at it. At least with Given moving to City, we’ll be free of that link for, oh, six months?
I really don’t know why these journalists are paid to make this stuff up, but then I suppose when there’s nothing to write I simply don’t. They don’t have that option, but why not an incisive look at an issue, rather than a quick made up load of rubbish that is embarrassingly transparent?