Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Walcott has a dig at Arshavin? £10 million defender linked

Morning Gooners.

I imagine you're still buzzing like I am following the win on Monday night. And I'm sure you're just as pleased of heating of the result at St Andrews last night. A 1-1 draw still leaves Manchester United top of the table, but a win tonight would see us go level on points - having played a game more than them.

Tonight we take on Wigan at the DW stadium. A victory by a five goal margin would see us go into the New Year as league leaders. I think that is what our we should aim for.

The home side are ripe for the picking. They've won just two games at home in the league so far this season - Wolves in October and West Brom last month. Chelsea spanked them 6-0 in August, so why can't we win with the same margin?  

Theo Walcott spoke to the media after the Chelsea match. 

He said:
"I just feel that we need to concentrate on Wednesday, we can't dwell on this result. We could be disappointed if we win against Chelsea and then lose at Wigan."
And he's quite right. As much as the result against Chelsea was great, it won't mean a thing if we don't go out there tonight and do a job on Wigan. There are three points for the taking and if we want to prove something to ourselves - that we are capable of challenging for the league - why not win it with loads of goals.

We need to put to rest the situation we found ourselves in last season when we made that ill fated trip to the same ground and left with a 3-2 defeat despite being 2-0 up.

Wigan will be up for it. They know we could be vulnerable because we may take that attitude we did last season when some of our players thought it was all too easy.

That can't be the same again tonight. 

Walcott has pinpointed where we've got to improve. He added:
"In the Manchester United game we had spells where we weren't at our best. I think we were at our best against Chelsea. The likes of Barcelona do it every week. We just need to continue to do that.
"The Man United game is in the past, we can't dwell on that. We look forward to playing them when they come here and hopefully do another performance like against Chelsea."
I've highlighted the area I think is most important from that quote and two words in particular: every week.

If these players want to win things, they need to put in the effort in every game they play. Every player has to work hard, not give up and show they want to win by putting in a shift. Yes, they might feel tired the next day. But they'll be rewarded for their effort.



Walcott also talks about seeing David Beckham train at London Colney.

And you might see this as a dig at Andrey Arshavin, when the young Englishman said:
"The whole team got their duties right and it was just nice to see in an Arsenal team for a change."
You could read that so many ways, one of the main ones being in my eyes that Arshavin doesn't defend for the whole 90 minutes but I'm not going to attempt to work out what he really means. 

There is no new team news at the moment. Cesc Fabregas sits this one out because he picked up his fifth yellow card of the season against Chelsea. He'll be back for the trip to St Andrews on New Years day though.

You might have expected the boss to rest him tonight in any case and with these games two days apart you might expect a few changes to the starting line up.

The manager will use some of the players who weren't involved against Chelsea. In defence I can see Eboue coming in for Sagna and Squillaci replacing either Koscielny or Djourou.

Midfield gives us the options to rest one of Jack Wilshere or Alex Song possibly even both with Denilson or Abou Diaby.

I would expect Tomas Rosicky to take Fabregas' place. I can also see an instant recall for Andrey Arshavin to take over from Samir Nasri.

Up front I can't see Robin Van Persie playing twice within the space of three days with his injury record, so Marouane Chamakh should get the nod ahead of Nicklas Bendtner.

I'll preview the team more later, where I'll pick my starting 11 for tonight.


And The Sun link us with a move for Argentine central defender Ezekiel Garay from Real Madrid in a £10 million move.

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