By Avenell Dave
So Arsene Wenger, the man vilified by Arsenal ‘fans’ around the world, was made February’s ‘Manager of the Month’ after a fine league campaign.
14 goals scored says it all for me, despite the frustrations of drawing at Bolton in a game we should have won.
It’s funny how much a good win, albeit against a small club (however gobby they’ve been of late) can raise the spirits and the manner of the victory was something to behold.
We’ve got a number of tricky fixtures coming up and have to maintain this good form if we’re to retain a top four position until the end of the season.
I’ve got money on with friends (including some Addicts, can you believe it?) that Arsenal will finish above T*tt*nh*m and while there have been times this season when I’ve had my doubts, we could find ourselves just four points behind them if results go our way.
The fact that this is their best season for years (I guarantee there’ll be a DVD) and our worst and yet we still hammer them, says it all.
That there has been no media outrage at Gareth Bale’s dive that won the penalty for their second goal, let alone mockery of Twitcher Redknapp’s fierce defence of his player today underlines how the media have their darlings. If only Eduardo had been granted the same respect.
I do wonder how much speculation that Redknapp is leaving will affect them and it would suit us very well indeed if they have a slump now that their fans deserve after the way they abandoned their team last Sunday.
On to Saturday and Anfield is not the fortress it once was (1989 put an end to all that!) and we’ve had some decent wins over there in recent years.
We shouldn’t have lost earlier in the season either – a game when Frimpong’s red card swung the balance in their favour.
Regardless of who is or is not fit for them, we know that they are beatable and yet they have players who could hurt us, so it’s vital Thomas Vermaelen is fit and plays like he did after we equalised last week. In that form, he is the glue that holds us together.
The other key decisions for me rest with players who starred last weekend.
If Tomas Rosicky can emulate his last performance, he is a real asset, and I remember when he announced himself as an Arsenal player with a couple of FA Cup goals at Anfield. More of the same needed on Saturday.
The other question mark is in attack and again, despite his frustrations at not playing so much, Yossi Benayoun was outstanding last week and I imagine he could do some real damage against his former team.
Sagna Koscielny Vermaelen Gibbs
Arteta Song Rosicky
Walcott RvP Benayoun