Feb 152009

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?

  5 Responses to “We’re not through the fourth round yet but we already know we should make the semis”

  1. wilshire is fuckin left footted u twat ;)

  2. And? Nasri is right footed and plays on the left, as did Pires.

    Wilshere’s last appearance for Arsenal was on the right, and given thats where the gap is, he’ll play wherever he is put.

    If you’re going to flame, please think first.

  3. yes but he has played on the right for the reserves a number of times, you twat.

  4. Well said lads. Anon, kindly go and support the scum, where your thoughtless chat will fit right in. Moron.

    I’d love to see Jack get a shot.

    I also agree about the route to the semi’s. If we don’t make it then i also don’t think we have a hope of finishing 4th. If we can’t beat cardiff, burnley, sheffield, hull, then we don’t deserve the champs league.

  5. dont mind the journalists:) i dont care about them anymore.
    just look at the list of players we were suppose to sign in january:
    Yaya Toure

    Steven Defour

    Carlos Tevez

    Blaise Matuidi

    Gokhan Inler

    Shay Given

    Matthew Upson

    Fabian Delph

    Stephen Appiah

    Axel Witsel

    Wayne Hennessey

    Sebastian Giovinco

    Charles NZogbia

    Xabi Alonso

    Mikel Arteta

    Stephane Mbia

    Miguel Veloso

    Arda Turan

    Gerard Deulofeu

    Reuben Noble-Lazarus

    Ibrahim Afellay

    Sergio Busquets

    Kyle Naughton

    Dominic Vose

    Morgan Schneiderlin

    Lenny Fernandes Coelho

    Diego Ribas da Cunha

    Joe Ledley

    Koke Resurreccion

    Sebastian Battaglia

    Jimmy Bullard

    Jack Collison

    Niko Kranjcar

    Stephen Ireland

    Brede Hangeland

    Pape Diakhate

    Steven Taylor

    Mark Noble

    Marcos Senna

    Steven Mouyokolo

    Giorgio Chiellini


    Philippe Mexes

    Paul Pogba

    Federico Fazio

    Mathais Jorgensen

    Daniel Van Buyten

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