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A trio of players reflect on the season

Posted by James Dall on 5, May 2007

Afternoon, am just settling down to the Manchester derby. I am rooting for United so that if we take something off Chelsea tomorrow we can see Cole/Jose look very upset. United just took the lead through a Ronaldo pen. I am quickly going to mention Ball’s challenge on Ronaldo, if you have not seen it watch match of the day tonight. It is disgraceful – he conceded the pen though so what comes around goes around.

Speaking of Cole, Arsene has spoken about the chances of him actually playing tomorrow

I don’t think he’ll play on Sunday. In recent weeks Chelsea have alternated Wayne Bridge and Ashley Cole [at left back] in every game. I’ve not seen Cole play in successive games and I’ve heard he has a little ankle problem.

I doubt he will play a part. I want him to but I really do not think he will. Chelsea simply have to win, which I think will work in our favour. Our counter attacking football could certainly punish them but it is also key that we defend solidly. Something we have not done in recent weeks. Jens needs a big performance too but I am confident he can deliver. Speaking of the whole goalkeeper situation, we have been linked with ANOTHER keeper – 22-year-old Poland international keeper Lukasz Fabianski. I know little about him, he is 6ft 3, that is all I can tell you.

Arsene has discussed the issue of winning all four trophies

It is possible to go for everything. But to win everything is different. Maybe it is not luck but something in your head that says ‘we have to win it, it is going for us’. Maybe the fact that you think you are lucky makes you lucky.

Nice bit of psychology on luck by our manager there. It is clear that to win trophies you need an element of luck, however I am of the belief that you make your own luck. People will point to the countless missed chances this season, we lacked a bit of quality in front of goal, not luck.

Three of our players have given us a little overview of the season. Most point to a slow start at the beginning of the season and a lack of maturity.

Toure chats about how the players are a bit jealous of Chelsea’s success. I can understand that. You play football to win things and it seems like an age since we picked up a trophy. I really believe next season is one that might make or break Arsene’s policy.

Ade talk’s about the issue of motivation and preparation against the ‘smaller’ teams. I think we all agree, bar the performance against Liverpool, we have been brilliant against the big three. He makes the excellent point that if we had performed like we did against United against the other teams, we would hammer them.

Clichy has concluded that he and many of his teammate would swap playing with style for winning any day. Our football is wonderful but as mentioned, next season if we do not win something, questions really will be asked.

That is all from me. Enjoy the rest of the United game if your watching it. Tomorrow I shall give my starting line-up, 4-4-2 or 4-5-1 hmmm!

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2 Responses to “A trio of players reflect on the season”

  1. Keeper’s signing shows good planning!

    Wenger buying for the future again! But this is a sensible signing as he has a 37 year old as first choice and a 28 year old for 2nd choice. So to get a youngster in at 22 is good planning.

    This shows that Wenger is really building a football empire at Arsenal and is certainly not walking away from the club.

  2. […] A trio of players reflect on the season Afternoon, am just settling down to the Manchester derby. I am rooting for United so that if we take something off […] […]

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