Arsene Wenger, Arsenal Appear To Be on the Right Track
Arsenal seem to be going up through the gears at the moment. It has been a good couple of weeks. That they haven't lost in the league since late November, is one thing, that they have won all their domestic fixtures in march with a positive goal difference of 12 is quite outstanding.
With injury problems following them from midway through last season, and yet more accruing this season, Arsenal should have the full squad fit for the forthcoming Champions League tie against Villarreal on the seventh of April.
I say the full squad. The obvious exception is Tomas Rosicky. Tomas has been dealing with a very difficult injury to his hamstring tendon and it looks like it could be a while before we see him back. I don't think he really figures in Arsenes plans at the moment.
For Arsene to have his full squad available must be a dream come true. Ally that with the comfortable financial situation at the Emirates, the on field and off field meltdowns at other clubs, and progression to the last four and eight of the FA Cup and Champions League competitions, things are looking rosy indeed.
Admittedly, in the last ten days, his team hasn't lost twice in a row, had three players sent off and shipped six goals. Nor has his club had to admit that their new stadium project has been indefinitely postponed. He also hasn't got to deal with a squad of tired players who haven't won in eight matches and have thrown away fourth place in the league.
Arsene however won't be dazzled by all the silver linings, there are still clouds out there. Arsenal are playing in three competitions and have to stay on top of their game in the hardest weeks of the season.
Remember Fulham and Hull at home at the start, or the Arshavin transfer or the explosive Phil Brown? Arsenal have had their share of dramas this season and now it's time to let the other clubs have theirs. Arsenal need to be on the back pages for the quality of their football and their outstanding results, not on the front pages.
If they progress in the two cup competitions, Arsenal will inevitably have to play United. Once, twice or even three times, as well as the league fixture at Old Trafford. The possibility of winning any silverware this season hinges on how arsenal deal with United; How the players deal with them on the pitch and how Arsene deals with them off the pitch.
How long this 'blip' continues, and how many more changing room bust-ups they have may impact on their season yet. But Arsene won't let himself get distracted by these peccadilloes, he has his sights firmly set.
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