The title race starts tonight

By Avenell Dave

Did you notice over the weekend how little attention was given to the fact that M*nure went top of the table?

Four goals from Shr*k and a smattering of discontent over the Glazers pillaging the club and yet it got hardly amention compared to our ascension last week.

I'm still smarting from the defeat against Stoke, I'll admit it.

The worst thing in the world is hope. Hope that Arsenal would somehow defy the odds and win against a team who have given us problems in two games at the Britannia Stadium in successive seasons.

Hope that some of the youngsters would prove to be good ahead of their time even if it might be expecting too much in the cold light of day.

We've let FA Cup defeats deflate us in the past, though, so it's important to show that Sunday's reverse was a blip by a young side, not the sort of result that knocks the confidence of the entire club.

Bouncing back from defeat, even if the side was markedly different, is vital tonight and let's make no bones about it - Villa are a decent side on their day.

They've already beaten the Ch*vs and M*nure at their place and have a hell of a lot of pace as well.

But with all the senior players back, I'm confident we can get a result.

Villa let in two goals against lowly Brighton and that has to be encouraging for us.

The problem area is midfield and I wonder if Craig Eastmond will get a game again since his defensive abilities are promising.

I suspect Denilson will get another game and that makes absolute sense even if he still fails to convince me of his long term quality.

I'd play Aaron Ramsey as well who has the ability and is getting better all the time. I was surprised he was fit on Sunday after Wenger said he would be out for three weeks, but he is one who has all the makings of a world class player.

This is the start of the run-in, Addicts and we can send out a real signal that we're not going to slip up like our rivals did at Villa Park.

Keep believing, the dream is still on!

Addict XI


Sagna Gallas Vermaelen Clichy

  Ramsey Fabregas Denilson

   Rosicky Eduardo Arshavin