Jegbie’s Journal – Losing Cesc is a good thing

By Jegbie


Just when the team is building up momentum the international break comes and bores the shite out of me.


Rubbish games, no Arsenal players in the England side .... yes, I would love it if we had more, maybe I’d watch more England games.


The likelihood is that at least two of our players will come back injured, this time it’s Abou Diaby and Robin van Persie. We’ve lost the Dutchman and Theo Walcott already this season due to international duty and Kolo Toure’s performances were awful on his return from the African Nations Cup last year.


Saturday is a hugely important game (aren’t they all?) and the chance to beat Man Citeh will provide some redemption after the way we capitulated against them at Middle Eastlands.


That was a black day but there have been encouraging signs since then. Cesc Fabregas is coming back and I couldn’t care less if he spat or didn’t – Hull’s assistant manager was mouthing off all match – he is the man and we must keep him in the summer.


There are other things to be excited about: Samir Nasri is getting better too and will be one hell of a player next season. Manu Adebayor is back and should have a point to prove after his time out. Eduardo may be fit and Theo Walcott and Tomas Rosicky are not far away too.


When all our players are fit we have one hell of a squad.


Before Fab got injured every play came through him, he was our metronome. We have coped bloody well without him and losing him has probably been a good thing, eventually, given us an added dimension to our game.


Andrey Arshavin and Cesc will light up the Emirates and make everyone look like a better player.


The Russian has been a great signing for us so far – four assists and a wonder goal. Bendtner is the best fourth choice striker in the Premiership and would be most teams first choice. He has scored more Premiership goals than Carlos Tevez and is going to get a lot better. Not bad at all and he is going to get so much better.


With Kieran Gibbs coming through as a more than able LB and decent CB back up in Alex Song and Johann Djourou and Mikael Silvestre.


The only area we may be weak in is DM and we have coped pretty well in there with a mix of Diaby/Song/Denilson/Aaron Ramsey.


Semi final of FA Cup, quarters of Champions League, 4th place ... loads to look forward to. M*nure slipping up and losing title would top it all for me – I wouldn’t begrudge the Scousers a title – it’s been a while for them!


My love affair with Arsene Wenger has been strained at times this season.


I have felt cheated to an extent by failure to replace Flamini and the lack of a hard as a coffin nail CB but you know what? Arsene can only be judged at the end of the season and I think he’s had an incredibly hard job to do this year with some bad injuries to key players as well as losing the player your team is built around.


I ain’t mad at ya Arsene. You’re the one for me.