By Avenell Dave
Hope spings eternal and we go into tomorrow's game looking to repeat last seaosn's victory against the Ch*vs.
Of course, on that day, RvP made the difference but whatever happens, we have to keep our feet on the ground.
The Arsenal Supporters Trust came out yesterday discussing the most recent events, the purchase of more shares by Stan Kroenke and also referring to Ivan Gazidis's quotes about winning trophies.
Business plans are all well and good but when we pay so much for a season ticket, we expect our investment both financial and emotional to be better rewarded.
Arsene Wenger talked about no lack of heart and the need to fight until the end of every game from now on.
I hope that was a message to the likes of Denilson, whose laboured, nonchalant tracking back was a disgrace and would probably have landed him with a fine and a slap at some non league clubs, it was that bad.
If we win tomorrow, we're in with a shout but we'll still be relying on other results.
Lose and we may as well start blooding the kids who will be the future if transfer funds are as tight as the spending seems to suggest.
When Gael Clichy replaced C*$hley Hole, I hoped he would prove himself to be an able deputy.
Too often though he has switched off and although he is not yet fit, I think Kieran Gibbs is a much better long term option.
Armand Traore started well but tailed off but after a couple of weeks out, I'd like to see him play at left back and I'd like to see Theo Walcott given a chance in attack. he's scored a couple of memorable goals against the Ch*vs already in his career so why not?
Nick B also has to start if only because of the Ch*vs' poor aerial record and while Manuel Almunia and Lukasz Fabianski's records recently have been much of a muchness, the Spaniard should be shipped off and put out to grass at another third rate club in his homeland.
The great thing about tomorrow is that, while hope remains, my expectation of winning has faded immensely.
It helps to numb the pain but you never know, Addicts, it may result in an even nicer surprise.
Sagna Gallas Vermaelen Traore
Ramsey Fabregas Song
Rosicky Bendtner Walcott