Finally something worth talking about, including team news
Posted by James Dall on 13, March 2007
Afternoon all, after a beautifully sunny start to the day it has clouded over. Not entirely sure why that is relevant but I just thought I would mention it. As the title subtly suggests, I have some news to chat about AND some team news for tomorrow’s trip to the Midlands.
First of all Gallas had the following to say on our European exit –
Our exit was hard to stomach. I think about it a lot. What made it even harder to swallow was I told my team-mates to be extra careful at set-pieces. We conceded the goal as the result of a completely stupid and needless foul. The ball was in the corner and all we needed to do was to wait. It was down to youthfulness. We lacked finishing skills. We created far more chances than PSV yet failed to convert a single one. We had to rely on Alex helping us out by scoring an own goal.
I think maybe the exit has shocked him a bit, it cannot be easy seeing the club you left win a trophy and still be fighting on three fronts. He is blunt but honest about the problems we faced against PSV, Hleb did needlesly foul and we were not clinical. In the interview he also mentions how it will be dificult to be motivated for the rest of the season. Not sure about that comment, there is still a hell of a lot to play for, I shall be keeping a close eye on his next few performances.
Wenger spoke yesterday about how he has been a bit ‘lost’ recently. It is not often that at this stage of the season we really cannot win anything at all. Arsene is experienced and it is his job to pick the players up. I really do expect the team to be firing on all cylinders tomorrow. They have had a rest and have had some quality time on the training ground – hopefully working on set pieces (defending and attacking) and shooting. Speaking of the things we have been lacking recently they certainly fall in the 5 percent Arsene has talked about. Some sites have jumped the gun and seem to think Wenger was hinting at bringing in new players – I am not sure about that, I think he just means that certain aspects of our game need work.
Arsene on Henry’s return -
The real truth is he is out until we start training again, which is when we return in the beginning of July. We are now in March. April, May and June he will be out for and maybe practice again in mid June. He will certainly not do it before June.
That does not really surprise me. Almost five months rest for the big man. I really believe he will be back to his best next season. I am aware that some of you think we should sell him (see yesterday’s blog comments) but that would just be awful. It really would, the guy is a genius and he is committed to Arsenal, despite what some say. He will finish his career with us, he will be a true asset next season.
Fabregas on his finishing –
I am not sure if it is bad luck or if I am not good enough in front of goal. The keeper makes a great save or I just miss. I don’t know why it is. But it is something I have to really improve if I want to get to the top in football.
I love him, you can tell how much it means to him to be the best. Recently I actually think his shooting has been a huge improvement. He has just needed a bit of luck, many of his shots have been brilliantly saved or just wide/over. He will notch up a few before the season is up.
Now to the team news…
Players out – Kolo Toure, Emmanuel Eboue, Emmanuel Adebayor and Gael Clichy are all suspended. Henry and Van Persie are long term injures. Tomas Rosicky is back in the squad but not ready and Hleb has a minor knee injury.
Players back – Flamini and Hoyte.
Well one thing stands out, we are short on wingers. This would be the team I would set out against Aston Villa –
Ljungberg, Fabregas, Diaby, Walcott
Traore, Gallas, Djourou, Hoyte
Diaby in, I think he deserves to start and I think he would compliment Fabregas wonderfully. I hope Arsene goes with that back four, is Senderos available? I thought he was injured? He might push Hoyte left back and then Senderos central and Djourou on the right, for me that would be daft, it would mean two players not playing their natural position. I worry Flamini may start wide right – I really hope not. There is much more to pick over but I shall leave that to you guys.
How has your Tuesday been so far?