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Why tomorrow’s game is not a must win 8

Posted on October 28, 2011 by Martin @ thegoonblog.com

‘You can’t win them all’ is a saying that has applied to every Premier League team, barring the Invincible’s.

Tomorrow we face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and ever since they have had their millions billions pumped in the fixture has become one of the biggest in our season, not only that, there are bragging rights at stake, especially against their fans who don’t realise their club wasn’t founded in the past decade.

Games like these you can afford to lose. Judging a team on a game like this isn’t fair, nor is it accurate. It is entirely probable that we could play our best 90 minutes (plus stoppage time, remember) of the season yet lose by two or three. That is just how football is. It is also possible that we could play a shocker of a game yet snatch a 1-0 victory at the death. Not very possible you may say, but stranger things have happened, right?

As it happens I am feeling pretty optimistic, it is the biggest game of our season so far but for longevity, the two games that follow, both away from home, are far more important. If we are going to finish in the top four our away form is key.

Chelsea are without our nemesis Didier Drogba but to say that blunts their attacking force is a little over the top, they have plenty of attacking class and players with points to prove after the defeat to QPR last weekend – they will fight back and we have to be ready. If we take control early on and get them worried, we will have the game in the palm of our hands. The only question is: do we have the quality and know-how in the team to do that? I’m not sure.

To be honest, I’d take a draw from this. A few weeks ago we would have been dreaming to think we might get something out of this fixture and that just shows the progression we have made, nothing drastic, just steady and gentle progression.

Whatever the result tomorrow lets just not go over-board either way. A win would be fabulous, a loss would not be devastating. Annoying, certainly.

We are The Arsenal. Whatever the current situation I’m always proud to say that.

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Chelsea game represents a turning point in the season 5

Posted on October 26, 2011 by Martin @ thegoonblog.com

It has been a rough old season but recently things seem to be smoothing out. Seven wins in eight and sitting top of our Champions League group shows that the tide may just be starting to turn, momentum has been gathered ready for the clash with a wounded Chelsea next Saturday lunchtime.

Of course, the failings of this current Arsenal side are still there but as a team, the quality of football is far higher than it was just a few weeks ago. The disjointedness has gone and whilst there is still vulnerability in defence (something we have seen for the past four or five years now), the return of Thomas Vermaelen will be a huge boost. His leadership, drive and influence on his team-mates can only be a positive effect.

Leading us right now is of course the marvelously in-form Robin van Persie, nine goals in eleven starts this season, to go with his run of form in the second half of last season adds up to one of the finest runs of goalscoring form we have seen from an Arsenal player in recent history. The issue of his contract will not go away, but his commitment to the course can’t be questioned.

When I say that the game against Chelsea represents a turning point I’m not talking about anything drastic – there are no illusions that we are suddenly going to become title challengers – but if we keep this run of form going we should hopefully finish in the top four, something that looked rather unlikely even a few weeks ago. Of course, the season is still young, but the points all count.

The baying mob calling for Arsene’s head after the Blackburn game seem to have been more or less silenced for now – after all – if he had been sacked after that game and a new manager went on a run of seven wins in eight he would be commended, I don’t see Arsene getting the praise he deserves for this run of form after one of the worst starts to a season in the clubs long history.

There is still a long way to go this season, and slowly but surely, we are steadying the ship and moving forward.

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I’m back… 3

Posted on October 23, 2011 by Martin @ thegoonblog.com

A busy schedule has meant that it has been pretty tricky to post my thoughts with any regularity but, fingers crossed, I will be able to write a little more often over the next few weeks.

Thoughts on the previous few games tomorrow. Needless to say that things are starting to look up, thankfully.

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