Wasn’t quite sure I would get time to do a blog today, been out with my nephew all day and heading to see Mr. Nice in person tonight, but given the miracle that has happened at Ashburton Grove Medical Centre it would seem sacreligious not to at least mention it.
Yes, in case you haven’t heard, our very own Lazarus has risen from the dead and is available for selection in tomorrow nights Kid’s Cup quarter final against Wigan.
Quite how Eboue recovered from a medial knee ligament in six days I’m not quite sure. Some will point to the power of the man himself, but personally I think it’s more indicative of the fact that he’s a wuss who moans, rolls, and cries at every given opportunity.
Not to annoy those who are fully paid up members of the Cult of Eboue, but he is a tad on the dramatic side for my liking and doesn’t exactly have Ronaldo’s level of talent to be able to pull it off.
Either way, it means he will probably start which gives Sagna the chance of a rest.
Another seven changes this week again? After all, that’s been the norm for the past two matches which is strange given that Wenger has said frequently he doesn’t like to change too many players from game-to-game as it disrupts the team.
This is especially evident at the back where our centrebacks can’t get two games together. How they are expected to forge a partnership when they are constantly being rotated I’ve no clue, but Wenger knows best.
Speaking of centrebacks, it seems that we will be rotating slightly differently this week as Squillaci is out with a knee injury so that means our only two fit centre-backs, Djourou and Kos, will play together. Have they played together before? Probably, but Squillaci has been the mainstay of the back line in Vermaelen’s absence, so he will be a big miss.
Wenger has said that we are taking the tie seriously and has pointed to the inclusion of Van Persie, Walcott and Bendtner as proof of this. It is also handy that they all need game time to try and regain some fitness. Had Van Persie and Theo been fully fit and playing regularly in the league I doubt we would have seen them included tomorrow night.
There is, off course, the chance that the game might not go ahead due to the arctic conditions currently visiting Britain, but after the heroic efforts last year to get the game on against Everton when all other ties fell away, I’d say we’ll see the game on as we aim to avoid fixture congestion. I remember the game last year against Everton as I was supposed to be at it. After spending the whole week wondering if it would go ahead, I woke on the morning of the match too ill to get out of bed and was not amused when it was one of only a few fixtures to be played.
That said, it was a 202 draw in blizzard conditions. As much as I love Arsenal, there are some days I love my bed that little bit more. JamRockRover will also remember it as he spent most of his morning stuck on a runway in Dublin as he was due to meet up with us at the Emirates.
The joys of being a far-flung Arsenal supporter huh?
And on that note I’m off for an evening with Mr. Nice.
I hope they’ve got the heating on, but no doubt everyone around me will be too stoned to notice.
See you tomorrow.
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