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Part 4/4, but also part 1 of 13: Arsenal v L’pool

In Arsenal FC, Premier League 2009/10 on February 10, 2010 by Highbury N5 Editor

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So the nightmare run of games is coming to an end tonight, but it is also a start of a run of 13 games which we should not lose, not that you expect us to go on a 13 game winning streak. It would take us a run like that to contend for the title again.

Tonight the team probably won’t be to dissimilar to the XI we put out to face Chelsea on Sunday, whilst it wasnt a bad performance, the key tonight is our defending. It has to be much, much better. Clichy needs dropping to the bench and I would shift Vermaelen over to left back whilst bringing in Sol Campbell into the left center back slot, keeping the left/right foot combination. Its gotta be worth a shot, Kuyt has been in decent form so hopefully big Verm can give him a few kicks.

Hopefully Diaby is fit enough to start again, we need some power and drive in the midfield offering something different from the very samish Rosicky/Nasri, I prefer Rosicky to Nasri who has flattered to deceive this season, he needs to start producing more performances worthy of his 12 mil price tag, a goal tonight would give him a confidence boost.

The general consensus seems to be that Bendtner is still not fit enough to start which is fair enough, rushing him back would make our problems worse if he got injured, so Arshavin will probably start up as a center forward – again. Nasri will probably occupy the left flank, with Walcott on the right. All three of those players need a performance and it would be greatly appreciated if they turned up tonight.

We really have to be careful tonight, a defeat would mean Liverpool are two points behind us and drag us into the group of Liverpool, City, Villa and Spurs, lets win tonight and keep those a decent distance behind and get a run of wins going.

Its been two weeks of criticism so now lets really get behind the team, its not like they will have enjoyed the three games previous to this – at the end of the day, a draw and two defeats isn’t the end of the world (although it feels it), a win tonight would left move a lot of the bad feeling along, dropped points however, would mean  a lot of disgruntled fans will probably start voicing their displeasure. We had this at a similar stage last season with that run of agonising draws which meant that whilst we went on a long undefeated streak we just stagnated and didn’t even threaten to get in the title race.

The players need to prove a point tonight, if they don’t do that, expect a few departures at the end of the season.

Til tomorrow

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