Still top – we need not panic just yet. by Koss the Boss
It’s been a bit of a hard time for the club at the moment with the injuries we have and the amount of games being played throughout the Xmas/New year period. Our last two results or performances have not been up to our usual standards, but to be fair, our record away at Liverpool and Stoke isn’t too great anyway, so not losing and digging deep not to lose is a big improvement from previous visits. That we are still top of the league whilst not playing well is a good sign of the spirit in this squad.
Even though our injuries are absolutely ridiculous and is really starting to annoy me, like all of us Gooners. I have a good feeling that it is going to gradually get smaller in the next four weeks. Wenger has said Ozil and Sanchez should be available for the home fixture next Sunday against relegation contenders and defending champions Chelsea, good start. He also stated that Rosicky is close to being fit and Wilshere, Coquelin and Welbeck are running again… though it will take time to get up to speed with their match sharpness and fitness. It’s another massive plus going into mid-February and the last portion of the Title race.
Now we have purchased in January, an unknown player to most of us – well everyone knows him now thanks to YouTube – and in a position we needed in a DM/Box-Box player. Mohammed Elneny. Another plus to add depth to the base of midfield to help defensively as we know Arteta is done and Flamini did well, but times ticking on your game time also. Chambers might be another to keep an eye on in the defensive midfield department in my opinion.
That leads me to the question of ‘do we get another attacker now’ or wait until the summer? We need everyone fit and ready for the visit of the World Champs and defending UCL champions Barcelona in the last 16. If everyone is back especially the 4 of Alexis, Ozil, Coquelin and Santi, I believe we have a good shot at beating these boys. What a fixture! What is there not to be excited about?
I’m not going to get too far ahead of myself and I know it’s going to be very difficult but its Football, anything can happen and just maybe it’s our time! If not this cup then another we are still in and defending, the FA cup… Maybe even for a 3rd time in a row? Bring on Burnley!
All in all, its not all bad and getting better on the injury front also, so no need to panic just yet as we are still in the title race, defending the FA cup and have a mouthwatering fixture in the last 16 of the UCL. On to Sunday to really put Chelsea in a relegation battle. COYG
Koss the Boss