We find ourselves at the business end of the season. Teams with nothing to play for now start thinking of warm beaches, blue seas and elaborate cocktails delivered by a nubile waitress on a pittance whilst they laze for days upon end during the hellish period of the close season.
For us it’s just plain limbo, we yearn for every scrap of news about football. Be it signings, rumour, managerial changes , we just want anything to sate our desire for football. For the players it is a well earned rest, a chance to recharge those batteries and re-focus on the new season, or look forward to new adventures with a new club.
Tomas Rosicky is the anti-thesis of this as he seems to turn up towards the end of the season. This is largely due to Arsene leaving him out of the starting eleven earlier on in the season, but Arsene knows what Tomas can give us at this stage of the season. Where Arshavin continues to wander in the football wilderness, Tomas is blazing a path of professionalism, dedication and desire. He is the taper that can set our season alight and finish with a bang. Preferably with that bang ensuring Chelski and Spurs finish below us once again.
He was everywhere on Saturday, he battled, created space and linked midfield to attack with his usual exuberance. Tomas is an example to every box to box midfielder of how to move, create and importantly defend when required. It is clear to see how massive a player for us he could have been had he stayed injury free, but as he said last year, his football age is 29, so lets hope he can keep us firing for a few more years yet. Jack and Rambo could learn a lot from him, let alone Eisfeld, whose game is practically identical and the young German already idolises Tomas, perhaps a bit of one to one coaching from Tomas could benefit the young lad.
Football at this stage of the season is about consistency, about fight and about luck. We got a chunk of it this weekend with Spurs and Everton dropping points and leaves us in a good situation to go to Goodison on the 16th April. It is a good time for our big players to hit form and players who haven’t performed to their optimum to start hitting some consistency.
A player who has been accused of perpetual inconsistency is Gervinho, a player who polarises Arsenal fans like no other. His ability to run at players, create space and opportunities is there to see but he is a massive confidence player and when he isn’t feeling good his performances drop considerably. Surely on his current form though, no-one can have the temerity to suggest that he doesn’t deserve being in the first eleven. On saturday he probed, dribbled and put the West Brom defence on the back foot, getting an assist in the process and generally looking dangerous throughout. On this form he is a definite starter and long may it continue, like Rosicky his sun is rising on this run in and we need him to keep up this form.
There has been an element of bile headed at Giroud following the game which I totally don’t agree with. Those who are writing such nonsense need to consider the season the man has had. His first season in a new league and there is always going to be games when it just doesn’t happen for him. Managing expectations for a second, there aren’t many strikers that score every single game so what do you guys want? Giroud gives us much more than just goals. He is a physical threat, he makes dangerous runs and he defends well when required too. When you cast your eyes around and look at other strikers around the league, even RvP ex-saviour, ex-Golden Boy, ex-Captain, now scumbag cannot score for toffee at the moment and that is the result of a tough season where mentally, the players aren’t as fresh, as confident and as swift as they were in the first few months.
Get off his back and let him play. Arsene, it might be worth resting him against Norwich and putting Poldi up there and give Giroud a breather. Just my two pence. On to Norwich at home and a result against Chris Hughton’s side is needed to keep up the pressure.
Come on you Gooners!