By Avenell Dave
Tomorrow is sunshine day at the Emirates.
Scarves on every seat, a full and expectant crowd for the first game of the season and the Gunners expected to carry on where we left off on Tuesday, working our way through the opposition and making it three wins out of three so far.
There will be changes around Emirates, changes that will increase as Ivan Gazidis starts to make his mark tangibly on the supporter experience.
It’s all going so well.
But we face an altogether different task tomorrow when Portsmouth visit us.
For the first time, we’ll face a side who will no doubt come to stifle us rather than try to get a result and that in itself will provide a number of challenges.
I have no doubt that we will win, and if we get a nearly goal, win handsomely against a Pompey side who are looking like relegation favourites already.
Arséne Wenger can look at how we have performed in the last couple of games and remind all the doubters out there that when their faith was weak, his was strong and to a certain degree he is right.
Thomas Vermaelen is looking outstanding, the whole team has a different vibe about it, a different attitude perhaps borne out of the departure of Kolo Toure and Manu Adeb*y*r.
And to cap it all, Alex Song looks like a man possessed, stifling midfields and breaking up attacks, while Denilson is doing more than just passing sideways and already has one goal and one near miss to his name.
But it’s also interesting to note that none of the three forwards in our new trident attack has yet scored.
Only a matter of time, I hear you say – and Andrey Arshavin went close against Everton with a shot that hit the post before Eduardo finished it off, and both Nik Bendtner and RvP have played their parts in the build up to other goals.
Those of us who dread the day Wenger leaves – and the Addicts are among them – will be heartened by the silencing of the critics.
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.
Yes, things are going great and we still have the likes of Theo Walcott, Tomas Rosicky and Samir Nasri to come back into the reckoning.
But confidence is a fragile thing in football and we still lack the strength in depth should we get any serious injuries to key players.
We have a team of great potential – and we need to build on that while the sun shines – and that means using the back end of next week when Champions League football is hopefully confirmed, to get players like Philippe Senderos moved on and a couple of fresh faces in to provide even more impetus and show the likes of Ch*vski and M*nure that we really really mean business.