Right, these negative vibes and thoughts must stop now.
As Kobe Bryant once said, ‘if you don’t believe in yourself, then no one else will’
Sunday is a day where this current Arsenal team can show the world what they can do. Sunday is a day where this current Arsenal team need to stand up and be counted.
Yes, we lost to West Brom at home which was a massive shock. I certainly was very hurt by the defeat and couldn’t get myself to speak for a few hours after the final whistle. The tube journey home was certainly quieter then many previous journeys too. However, I will always give credit where it’s due and West Brom deserved their win. They passed the ball along the floor, did not resort to long balls and were quite simply superb in my opinion. Fair play to them, they can be very proud of their win.
I do believe last Saturday was just a blip and we responded well mid-week away in the Champions league. Sunday will be the real test. We have been saying that this team needs to win something and after Sunday we will know more if this season is going to be the one. Going to the Bridge without Vermaelen, Walcott and Van Persie is not ideal and having big doubts over Fabregas also clearly does not help but I feel this squad is full of quality. A potential midfield of Arshavin, Nasri, Song, Wilshere and Rosicky are more then capable of running a game against anyone in the world. Eboue may even get a look in on the right of midfield to help protect Sagna when Ashley Cole is attacking. Even without Cesc, the options are still their in midfield and with Denilson and perhaps Diaby (who is likely to make the squad), Mr Wenger has a few decisions to make.
You take Terry, Lampard and Drogba out of Chelsea and they would struggle too. We saw how Manchester United leaked a few goals without Ferdinand and this shows that any club would struggle without their best players. Arsenal however, seems to be more used to it then others and therefore can cope. We seem to play quite a few games without Robin Van Persie, which is a real shame as I really believe he can be one of the best strikers in the world if he got to play consistently. Playing without Cesc Fabregas is also a massive blow as we sometimes do lose a bit of a spark however, the form Samir Nasri and Jack Wilshere have shown that we can perhaps cope.
We as fans have a responsibility, and that responsibility is to believe in our team and believe we can win. When our backs have been up against a wall, we have answered. To beat Chelsea seems to mean we must stop Drogba. We don’t seem to beat Chelsea with Drogba in their team and the last two times we did beat them, Drogba did not play. Last season, we were slightly unlucky because we conceded a goal early then lost another on the break but then had the ball for what seemed like three days! We also had Andrey Arshavin up top on his own where as, this year we will have Chamakh who will hold the ball up and bring others into play leaving Arshavin and co to play their natural game. When you go away from home, it’s vital you have a front man that can put himself about a bit and hold the ball up along with bringing others into play and in Chamakh we do have that.
I do believe we can get a positive result at Chelsea. A draw would not be the worst result but a win would be better! We must avoid defeat if we have title ambitions but then again, if the Premiership is anything like last year, then you’re never quite out of it!
Let’s get behind the team, Come on you Arsenal!
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