Good morning The Arsenal. today is game day. That means it is time to put the negativity of the last week behind us and get behind the team. Tomorrow we can all return to bitching and moaning.
I fear the worst today. We are mentally weak at the moment and down to the bare bones with injuries. With Aaron Ramsey suffering his 54th injury set back and 5 of the 8 players currently out having ‘no return date’ on physioroom.com we have very few players to pick from. Bendtner might even make the bench again! In contrast, Manchester City are likely to be without just two players, Micah Richards and Matija Nastasic.
Whilst mentioning Micah Richards, it is interesting that he seems to be the fans favourite to replace Bacary Sagna this summer. ARE YOU CRAZY. We currently have 8 injuries. Were we to sign Richards, all it would mean would we would have another player injured. In the last 2 seasons, he has played just 9 league games. In total, he has played just 2 more games in all competitions then Abou Diaby in the last two season. So if you are one of those calling for him to join Arsenal, ensure you do not moan when he gets injured for the season!
But back to the game. Whilst I said there should be no negativity, there is a cause I ask you all to get behind:
No matter whether you are Wenger in our Wenger out or just want to shake it all about, the way the club are currently treating the fans with the completely unjustified 3% ticket increase is a disgrace. This season, we will have record gate receipts. We have signed record kit deals. And we are signing new commercial deals as far afield as China.
The 4.30pm meet is a perfect time. It is late enough that people going to the ground will join in and make their voices heard, whilst early enough to ensure the atmosphere within the ground is not damaged. And remember, when you are in the ground, you are there to back the team, not berate the board.
Our season is not over yet. Everton are breathing down our necks for 4th. And we have an FA Cup Semi Final and maybe even a final to look forward too. Remember, it’s the fans that are important. Remove the negative thoughts from your mind, let last week remain last week. Look forward. And back The Arsenal.