March 15, 2010
Crunch time in the battle for the Premiership has arrived in earnest.
Arsenal, Manure and Chelski will head towards the key final lap of the race, head to head in battle.
It would be folly to simply concentrate on the games Arsenal have to play, much has already been stated regarding our “easy” run-in.
It would also be folly to argue that point, the run-in, for this Arsenal team, is very nice.
Spuds at the Lane present our only real challenge, the game is pencilled in for Saturday 10th of April, this is subject to change when they knock Fulham out of the cup and take on Pompey in the Semi-Final on the Sunday of the same weekend.
Liverpool have had a shocking season, they will struggle to gain the coveted 4th spot in order they qualify for the Champions League.
A long-term injury to the best striker in the world, Fernando Torres, has not helped their cause.
The good news for Scousers, and Gooners alike… he is now back, and almost at full fitness and sharpness.
The Spaniard has a wonderful goal-scoring record against both Manure and Chelski, he raises his game against the top sides, of that there is no doubt.
Old Trafford hosts El Nino and his Liverpool compañero de equipos this coming Sunday… the penultimate weekend of the season will then see Anfield host the Russian mafia… all dressed up in Blue.
“Finishing fourth in the Premier League would mean a lot to Fernando,”
“People talk about money with Fernando but I can tell you his main motivation is winning trophies. That is what drives him.
That is always the main topic in any discussion between us. Fernando’s only thought is to be challenging for honours, it’s all that concerns him. He wants to be playing in the Champions League.”
Rafa Benitez spoke very tellingly to the media, I would suggest the quotes above were aimed more at Torres’s Merseyside colleagues.
With Gerrard and Torres back in tandem, getting sharper by the game, with the huge target of 4th spot, they will give any team a real test over 90 minutes.
They will certainly give Manure and Chelski a test.
It’s now all about where our title challengers will drop points, not where we pick them up.
The massive Easter Saturday match between them will certainly help our cause, whatever the result… we will make up points on both, or one of them.
Very clichéd, however, a striker, not matter how talented, needs to boost his confidence by sticking em into the onion bag on a regular basis… this almost sets about a self-fulfilling prophecy for them.
Liverpool play Portsmouth tonight, they are dead and buried in the league, but they do have the showpiece Semi-Final at Wembley to look forward to next month.
A perfect game for Fernando to kickstart his goalscoring prowess, a tune-up to the main event next weekend.
As Gooners, we want and need to see an emphatic Liverpool display tonight, a trip to Old Trafford minus team confidence, won’t do out title aspirations any good.
This Gooner becomes a Part-time Scouser for the best part of the following week!