Get through WBA and Arsenal can win title

By Avenell Dave

The next game is always the most important, right?

Arsenal are struggling with injuries and the last two weeks have been awful for us fans.

That's just the nature of football.

We haven't been superb all season and our greatest results - the Ch*vs and Barca at home, have been highlights of us at our determined best rather than typical of the rest of our campaign.

While all of us would have hoped we would beat Birmingham in the Carling Cup, the fact is that losing to Barca and even M*nure was no massive surprise, particularly with our injuries mounting.

That is the constant problem - we don't have the players to come in and do a job.

Look at M*nure last week. Seven defenders in their starting line-up including two kids on the wings who are officially full-backs and we blow it despite having two thirds of the possession.

We don't know how to eek out wins because we give away soft goals all the time.

The loss of Thomas Vermaelen for the season is another bitter blow but we've been expecting it and the fact that Johann Djourou may be back in six weeks is a bonus. But this is the bare bones now.

With Cesc Fabregas, Alex Song and Theo Walcott still out, tomorrow will be a tricky game against a Roy Hodgson side who haven't lost yet.

All eyes will be on whether we can recover from the recent setbacks despite our lack of quality resources.

Hodgson has done for us before, masterminding a Fulham win a couple of seasons back that wasn't expected, and his Liverpool side frustrated us at Anfield at the start of the season.

We don't have a lot to choose from and Denilson, while not good enough in my opinion, has to play to do something of an anchoring role in midfield.

The way our best four players - RvP, Samir Nasri, Jack Wilshere and Andrey Arshavin perform will determine whether we win or fall behind in the title race.

We are expected to win but we need to maintain our discipline and realise that keeping a clean sheet is key, particularly given the vociferous nature of an away crowd.

WBA are fighting for their lives - and so should we be.

All we have to think about is the title now and three points on Saturday is essential - especially after the Champions League draw and the distraction that could pose for M*nure.

We need big games from our big players, and disciplined determined games from the rest of the team if we are to go into the international break on a high.

Addict XI


Sagna Koscielny Squillaci Clichy

Wilshere Nasri Denilson

Bendtner RvP Arshavin