Greetings fellow Gooners! I arise from the very depths of the international break to salute the return of real football. And it's the Arsenal once again in action, Everton provide the opposition this time.
And, needless to say, we need all three points. The mood in the camp understandably has been better.
And all that had definitely got our midfield general thinking. The man who rescued a point for us last time round, Cesc Fabregas, had stated earlier in the week that this team probably was too young and not as skillful as earlier teams. But he "clarified" those statements, saying:
“Arsène has built an unbelievable squad here,” said Fabregas.
“We have great spirit and I have complete trust in the manager’s policy.
“Arsène is the best at giving youngsters a chance. No-one else comes close to him for that. He doesn’t care how old you are, as long as you are good enough, and has the confidence to give young players a chance.
“Anything said to the contrary is simply not true and I would like to reiterate to all Arsenal supporters that I am 100 percent behind the team and the manager.
Well it's plain to see that Cesc shares the same opinion that we all do as stated earlier this week. But like him we have to get behind the team and get some spirit going. A win today will be a good start, if not we could be in for a long season.
Le Prof is well aware of the situation we are in, saying:
"I believe that this is a new start,” he said. “In fact it is the real start of the season because there is now no interruptions anymore. It looks like to me there is a new championship starting.”
I watched the Invincibles DVD yesterday, and was reminded that the 49 game winning run started from a disappointment. They stated their run as if they were beginning a new season and that's what this present lot has to do as well.
If we can capture some of the resolve and consistency into this team, then I think we can go a long way this season. I definitely agree with all the opinion out there that central defence needs some chopping and changing and that we need a DM. But besides that, I think the squad is all in place. Most of all though, we need some unshakable steel, once we get that then I think we can be unstoppable.
Maybe I'm getting a wee bit carried away after watching the Invincibles. But heck, they proved that anything is possible!
We are walking a bit of a tight-rope from here on in. Arsene addressed that saying:
“I think if you ask me how many games I think we can lose I would say zero. I always start a season thinking you cannot lose a game, but we have lost two already and we are in a position where we have given ourselves a handicap."
“I still think it is manageable to get back to the top. I know that there is not a lot of margin of error left but I still think we can do that.”
Hmm a long way to go come May and rot like that, but we need to get our act together pronto. And it could all begin today for us.
We will be missing Gallas, Sagna, Bendtner, and Djourou all out through injury. So this will mean plenty of mixing and matching with the back four and will also provide Silvestre a chance to slot in and show us what he's got.
On the good side of things though, RVP (quick glance upwards and "thank you" to the heavens) has returned unscathed from the international break and Cesc should play with a broken nose.
And what do you know? Diaby is fit again. Could he be the missing ingredient in our deficient midfield? Well we'll just have to see, won't we.
The game is a 1500 kickoff in the UK, and therefore is a 1930 kickoff here in India. A couple of mates and I here in Bangalore are really trying to unite all the Gooner faithful in Bangalore and eventually the whole nation.
To begin with join the Google group (link alongside on the right) and come over to SBX Sportsbar in Gopalan Mall on Mysore Road to watch the Everton game. Even if you can't make it this weekend, join the group and maybe we'll catch up later for a game. But game watching is not all, we have plenty of other grandiose plans, so do sign up and you will receive regular updates and much more. This is your chance to be part of an Arsenal Community in India.
Hope to see you at the game and come on Arsenal!