Thursday, 21 October 2010

Coping without Wilshere - Cesc, Rosicky, Arshavin and Chamakh on City - Transfer rumour of the day

Morning Gooners.

After basking in Tuesday night's win, we now have to prepare ourselves for a trip to Eastlands, another huge test of our title credentials.

Arsene Wenger will speak to the official site later to give us some early team news, prior to his press conference tomorrow.

One man we're already without is Jack Wilshere, who is spending the next two weeks on the sidelines due to his three game domestic suspension.

It's amazing to think he's started in ten of Arsenal's opening 12 matches and the two he didn't start he came off the bench for. In a way it's not a bad thing he's being forced to sit these next three games out as he could probably do with a breather.

And as we've got Cesc Fabregas coming back into the side following his hamstring injury, it would have been interesting to see who would have played on Sunday in midfield had Jack been available for selection.

I think Jack would have dropped to the bench for Abou Diaby. But we will never know now.

The captain has been talking about our trip to the north west and about the game at Eastlands.

He said
"It has always been difficult since I've been here to go to Manchester City. I remember my first few years – it was difficult but now they have some of the very best players in England."
We all know how much money they've spent in the past three years. And they've brought some very good players. But it's time for this team to step up and take its chances. We want to win a trophy this season and to win one we're most likely to have to win against one of Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City or Tottenham.

On Sunday we have to be clinical in front of goal. Score with every opportunity, because at this level if you don't you will be punished for not doing so.

And one player who is saying all the right things is Tomas Rosicky.

The Czech midfielder said
"It's a massive game. We couldn't wish for a better result before this game and we want to do better than against Chelsea. 
"I think this team will show it. It was the same old story [against Chelsea]. How we presented ourselves there, we were very disappointed.
"But you ask whether we will go out from this game [against Donetsk] with the feeling we can do it: all this stuff, is just words. We need to finally show it on the pitch. We cannot always say we are unlucky, it doesn't work like that. It's time to prove it."
Here, here. I couldn't agree more. Once we beat one of the better teams in the league, our mental positioning going into these games will change. And there is no better place to start than on Sunday with a win in Manchester.

City are currently above us in the league in second place with a three point margin between us. A win and we'd be in second.

Our little Russian play maker has been getting in on the act. 

Arshavin said
"Manchester City are ahead of us at the moment, so we have to work hard at training in order to reduce this gap."
I hope with his rest in midweek, he can start finding his best for us this weekend.

City fans won't be watching Emmerdale or Coronation Street tonight but Channel 5 as play Lech Poznan in the Europa League. I also see from their website that our game with them isn't even sold out. I know its tough money wise for most people but when Arsenal come to town it's usually a sell out.

Congratulations must go to Marouane Chamakh for becoming the first player to score in sixth successive Champions League games. He's scored three on the bounce for us this season, and the same for Bordeaux in the three games prior to them being knocked out last term.

He's also spoken about thinking only of the Manchester City game from now on.

He said:
"The win is good for the squad because we can concentrate on Manchester City now."
It's good to heat they're all up for it and focused on what we need to do up there.

Finally some transfer gossip to end this post. Spanish radio station Cadena Ser are linking us with a move for Espanyol midfielder Jose Raul Baena.

He's a product of the Barcelona youth system who according to MirrorFootball is a "box-to-box player who likes to get forward and can also play out wide."

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