Writing in a mad rush is only so much fun so few a time…
Not all that much new to report on today. The focus is on the West Ham game coming up, and I am increasingly getting the feeling it’s a big banana-skidder to derail our start to the season. Ability-wise, we’re head and shoulders above the Hammers, but time and time again they’ve played very well against us in recent match-ups. Three wins in their last three games in the head-to-head against Arsenal, so in no way will this game be easy, especially at Upton Park.
Alan Curbishly, West Ham’s manager, is pondering rotating his squad around, and will probably consider a defensive makeup for his squad. The game could see a reunion with former Arsenal favourite Fredrik Ljungberg, but whether his loss of pace will decide against his being chosen against us is one to wait and find out for.
Alexander Song has joined the injury list of Gallas, Lehmann and Rosicky, but Alex Hleb is reported to be nearing fitness, and a late decision will be made on his place in the team once his knee is properly analyzed. Reportedly, Lehmann should reach ‘fitness’ (whatever that means) in a week, when we’ll see a good right tussle for the keeper’s spot; Gallas is reckoned to be ready in ten days, and Rosicky might return for the Sunderland match.
Finally,Wenger has praised the full-depth of his squad in light of the second-string’s victory over Newcastle, saying:
“We have shown technical maturity and looked strong in every department. With this team, we can have a chance against anybody.“
Players like Bendtner, Diarra, Denilson and Hoyte are already easily considered part of the ‘first-squad’, and with players like Armand Traore also pushing hard to challenge, the strength in depth is very real and very encouraging. You hear that Man Utd? God, Nani and Anderson are rubbish.
And with that, I run to work. I’m being attacked by ants as we speak! The excitement, terror and revelations there-of…