On a Wing and Prayer
February 24, 2009
Life is not great at the minute for Gooners, the league table tells us Manchester United are 17pts better than us with around 10 games left to play in the Premiership. The league is a foregone conclusion, although Wenger disagrees.
“It’s not yet over because none of the teams are really convincing with the way they play,” said the Frenchman.
“Mathematically it is not over and I feel Man United could have dropped points easily against Blackburn on Saturday.
“For me no-one is dominating this championship in the way they play.”
Manchester United are a much better squad than Arsenal at present. A fully fit first 11 would yield another winner.
So, tonight brings an opportunity for some relief from our stuttering league campaign in the shape of a 2nd Round tie, in the Champions League against the Italian side, Roma.
Team selection is vital, we do not currently have a best 11 to play week in week, due to injuries. Fabregras has clearly been missed, but I also think the biggest miss has been pace on the break.
Walcott has been a huge miss!
In Carlos Vela, our young Mexican wonderkid, we have a player very similar to Walcott in that they can both play as out and out wingers and also as centre forwards. Vela is also deceptively pacey and has a better touch than Walcott.
He is a player of immense talent, and has to be played from the off tonight at the Emirates. He showed last week, against Cardiff City, his pace and trickery is a big advantage to the way this Arsenal team can break from defence to attack in 2 passes.
Eduardo’s first goal was majestically set up for him by some clever wing play from the Mexcian. He could do the same tonight with a booming home crowd roaring on the players, Bendter being the main striker to take advantage of delieveries into the box.
I expect a win tonight, with Bendter scoring the match winner.