Barca battle there to be won as Chelsea plan Gunners raid

By Avenell Dave

Saturday's win over Wolves was fairly straightforward and for that we have to be grateful.

Given a run of games, Andrey Arshavin seems to have found his form again and in RvP we have a quality goalscorer who is enjoying one of the best spells of his career.

When the Dutchman went down midway through the second half, most of us in the stadium feared the worst and with his past record, how long we can keep RvP fit will determine how well we do come the end of the season.

But the Arsenal machine, save for the aberration at Newcastle, is working well.

Even without Samir Nasri and Thomas Vermaelen, our first choice team are repelling all in their path and that has to put us in a good position ahead of a Barcelona game that is winnable, as long as we don't show the awe we did last season.

The key for me, though, is getting Maroune Chamakh and Nik Bentdner scoring goals again.

We cannot rely on RvP alone and while neither striker is getting anything like as much playing time at present, perhaps next weekend is a chance to get them a game and back amongst the goals.

But looking back to Saturday, the way the team moved the ball around was up there with some of the best football we've played for a long time.

And while Wolves made it easier than they did against M*nure the previous week, the fact remains that we were so swift in our passing and movement that they couldn't even get near us enough to make the fouls that have blighted some of their other performances this season.

Of course, getting a few more goals would have been nice and I hope we don't come to lose the title on goal difference, but hopefully the killer instinct will rise.

Note to Jack Wilshere: You're an awesome player, but don't be afriad to shoot!

On another note, it doesn't seem to have rung many alarm bells but the reports in Sunday's papers that Arsenal Chief Scout Steve Rowley may be on his way to Stamford Bridge are well worth a mention.

Rowley is an integral part of the Arsenal machine.

He is the man who spends his entire life looking for new prospects and assessing whether a player is worthy of being further watched by Wenger before being bought.

He is in charge of the network of scouts who trawl the planet looking for the stars of tomorrow - and he knows exactly what Arsenal's transfer policy and strategy will be.

With Frank Arnesen leaving Ch*vski at the end of the season, Rowley has been tipped with taking the role in West London - and Arsenal must do everything in our power to ensure that doesn't happen.

Rowley is part of Arsenal, he knows so much about the club and you have to hope that his love of the Gunners and being part of a stable and exciting project would be enough to resist Roman Abramovich's advances.

But if he is offered the multi-million pound deal that is being talked about, it may well be tempting and you have to hope that Arsenal reward him for his hard work and loyalty with a contract that staves off the vultures...