Arsenal have been struggling with injury problems since the start of the season (where have I heard that before), and the Premier league game against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday is potentially a season decider. If Arsenal lose to Spurs, confidence will drop further and we will be four points behind them and in mid table, needing a miracle to even qualify for the Champions league.
A win against Tottenham would cheer everybody up and put us two points above our rivals and moving in the right direction. Thankfully, we are not the only team beset with injury worries. Jermain Defoe, Aaron Lennon and Kyle Walker are all being treated this week as Spurs face losing them for the derby. Walker and Lennon were supposed to be going to Sweden with England, but have pulled out due to knocks picked up against Manchester City. Defoe was going to be rested by Roy Hodgson anyway, but was called to replace Rooney and cannot make it.
With Spurs already missing Dembele and Parker in midfield and Assou-Ekotto and Kaboul in defence, they are looking almost as threadbare as the Gunners. It would be useful for us if Either Walker or Lennon missed the game, because our left hand side has been our weakest point since Gibbs last played.
Wenger and the Arsenal players will be well aware of how important this game is, not just for the points, but to appease the understandable frustration being felt by Arsenal fans. The last few potential turning points have been missed by Arsenal. Miss this one and it could be too late.