Victory through harmony - are Arsenal lions or lambs?

By Avenell Dave

There's no doubt that most of us have more than a little trepidation going into today's match against Liverpool.

We knew where the problems were last season, we knew where Arsene Wenger had to strengthen the team and the fact is, he has not done so.

It's a scandal that a club that charges its fans so much would not invest at least in replacements for two of four departing central defenders.

Our defence has been shocking for years and a new face who has experience and quality is an absolute must and Wenger has had all summer to buy someone.

As it is, we go into today's match with Laurent Koscielny who has looked shaky and no one to replace either central defender if they get injured.

Johann Djourou's injury is a little more serious than first feared, it seems, underlining why we cannot rely on the Swiss for a whole season.

Is Havard Nordveit really good enough after a season in the Bundesliga. Maybe, maybe not.

Whoever plays in goal will be Arsenal's number one, seemingly ruling out a new stopper with Shay Given and Mark Schwarzer agitating for moves.

Us Addicts yearn for some signings to give us optimism, to make us believe that we will put in a strong fight and not simply fudge our way into the top four.

With players lacking match fitness, I'd far rather be hosting Blackpool than facing Liverpool this afternoon (yesterday's result notwithstanding) but that wouldn't suit Sky, would it?

But the fact is, whether any of you readers think we're doomed or are part of the AKB brigade, the fact is, we are Arsenal and if we don't get behind the team, what's the point?

I feel robbed a little when I shell out for my season ticket and don't see the investment that I feel the club should be making, but what good does that do?

I can't change anything that goes on at the club and my love for them will not wane.

Quite simply, the team must compete for every ball, silence the Kop and stop Liverpool's most dangerous three players, Gerrard, Torres (if he plays) and Joe Cole. 

While I don't subscribe to the Kevin Keegan philosophy of fottball, the fact is, we have to attack because sitting back or allowing ourselves to be pushed back will spell disaster - we simply cannot expect a clean sheet today.

This is the time for the boys to become men, to set the bar for the rest of the season and not to start with the same old tired excuses before the transfer window has even closed.

England's 'golden genersation' won nothing (not that I particularly care) - do Arsenal's want to follow suit or prove that this is their time to go from nearly men to really men?

We have got to get behind our team.

We are Arsenal.