Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Fabregas gives title warning - Wenger on Arshavin - Vermaelen and Diaby latest

Morning Gooners.

We're back on the league trail tonight with an away trip to Wolves. You have to hope that this will be the game where we pick up the baton again and start with a consistent run without defeat.

Our away form has been comparable with the others at the top of the league. Two wins, two draws and a defeat. Those two draws - against Liverpool and Sunderland - could have easily been victories had we been at our best on the day.

But with the defeats against Shakhtar and Newcastle still in the back of our heads, the players need to go to Molineux and take all three points from the game.

Our closest rivals Chelsea and Manchester United are also in action against their local rivals, so a defeat for either of those two is not out of the question. 

We need to capitalise on any slip ups and not look back on this game as a missed opportunity.

One man who says we cannot afford to drop points is our captain Cesc Fabregas. He is quite understandably concerned with our two league defeats against the newly promoted teams at the Grove.  

Fabregas said:
"We all said after we'd lost at home to West Brom that we couldn't afford any more setbacks like that - and yet we did it again! 
"We have to realise one more mistake like that and it could all be finished. We are lucky Chelsea lost at Liverpool so we didn't lose any ground on the leaders. 
"But Manchester United and Manchester City won." 
It must be a major concern to our captain - who the manager says is now completely free of injury - that we are so fragile at home.

But with our next two games away, we must put that to the back of our minds and hope for some big performances from Fabregas and his team mates.

One player who's form has been questioned by many fans this season is Andrey Arshavin.

The Russian was dropped from the starting line up for the first time this season against Newcastle. But when he came on he looked to be one of the most influential players in the game.

He was more direct, something we missed without him on the pitch in the first half. The manager believes he has dropped in sharpness when returning from international games with his country.

Wenger said:
"He has worked hard, he has a good attitude and he had a good impact so I think he will be involved tomorrow night.
"He has personality, Andriy. He is not scared of anybody or anywhere. He is of course a player who can make a decision but also a player who gives personality to the team."
The manager spoke with Arsenal TV Online yesterday and showed visual signs that the issues surrounding his private life are affecting him.

He was unable to provide any positive news of the progress of two of our injured players.

Thomas Vermaelen has not played for Arsenal since the win at Blackburn Rovers on August 28. He injured his achilles whilst playing for Belgium in early September and has yet to be seen in a red and white shirt since.

The manager said:
"We don't have good news about Thomas Vermaelen.
"He had a little setback in training and he has to see specialists again. I don't know where we go with Thomas Vermaelen time-wise but at the moment he cannot play. 
"I can't give you any time scale at all. On the scan, his achilles is completely clear but as soon as he stays out for a while it tightens up and he has pain. We don't know the source of his pain."
Whilst of Diaby, who has had to see two surgeons because of a piece of loose bone in his ankle, the manager said:
"Diaby is the same [as Vermaelen]. He has a test Wednesday or Thursday. If he gets through that it will be very quick but if he still has pain, he will have to see a specialist."
Yesterday the Football Association announced that Laurent Koscielny had failed in his appeal to have his red card dismissed, so will miss the game tonight and on Sunday with Everton as it is his second red card of the season.

There will be a preview, including team predictions, on the blog later today.

Follow Ashburton Grove on Twitter, chatting Arsenal throughout the day. To receive the blog everyday you can subscribe via e-mail or take the RSS feed to your favourite reader.

No comments:

Post a Comment