Can Arsenal overturn omens at Goodison Park?
Despite the disappointing week we’ve had we have another game to look forward to as we travel to Everton for the early kick off at 12:45 tomorrow afternoon, I know the lads have not had much rest and in an ideal world this game should be played on Sunday instaed as Everton players had a whole week to recover from their FA Cup triumph against Chelsea, whilst we played Barcelona mid week which without a doubt was a very demanding game physically. Still, there is no point complaining and moaning about this now, these lads are professional football players and must cope with such a busy schedule.
As far as team news is concerned we have only lost Flamini (some will be relieved) with a hamstring injury he suffered against Barcelona. Unfortunately there is no one coming back so we are most likely to see the same team minus Flamini from Wednesday evening.
In terms of the other players coming back Arsene said:
Wilshere is showing good signs now of recovery, Santi is a bit slower. The players who will definitely be back from injury [after the international break] will be Ramsey, Cech and maybe Flamini. But I don’t think Cazorla or Wilshere will be straight after the international break.
Everton will be without Kevin Mirallas and Gareth Barry as both are suspended, Bryan Oviedo could also miss this game due to illness but he did resume training so knowing our luck he will recover in time.
It’s still a mystery why Santi and Wilshere are still out injured especially Santi as we have missed him badly in the middle of the park, will we see them again on the pitch this season? I simply don’t know and somehow have my doubts. For me the Everton game is our last ditch challenge if we still believe and hope of winning the Premier League if we loose it’s definitely game over and there is no coming back from this one. On the other hand, teams behind us are not far away so we really need to go on a wining run if we are going to challenge for the Champions League spot again. Here’s what Wenger had to say:
“I would say we have to go step by step,” he said. “Let’s get back to winning habits first, that starts tomorrow… if we win tomorrow, we’ll see. That’s our target.
“But at the moment, the only way to achieve something special is first to be realistic and humble enough to deal first with Everton.
“Things will change until the end of the season, that’s for sure. We have to take care of our own destiny, and that’s by producing the performances we expect from ourselves.
“It’s very tight, but I believe the Premier League is far from over. We are in a position where we hope for the best. I agree that a negative result would be very bad for us, but we focus on a positive result. We know now is the time for us to produce the result we want.
“We also have to look behind us because things can change very quickly. We want to move forward, but I’m conscious that our position is not secure, even where we are.”
You can’t disagree with that in any way he’s absolutely right, but will his players be up for it and show sheer heart, determination and desire to finish this season on a high? I sincerely hope so, if we can repeat the performance from Wednesday night effort wise and find the target when opportunities arise then we have a good chance of winning this game. We know too well Everton will be up for it and Lukaku will be a handful as he has shown last weekend against Chelsea. With an early kick off tomorrow afternoon I intend to be a happy Gooner (fingers crossed) for the rest of the weekend so come on Arsenal it’s time to stand up and make an extra effort so we can finally get some momentum going and go on that winning run we’ve missed so badly, after all tomorrow is a must win game!
For those of you who are going have a safe trip and get behind our lads I know will be doing my share form my living room. Come on Arsenal!