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The club is on a high as Hull come to town

37 comments September 27th, 2008

There’s no doubt about it: the club is on a high.  The feel-good factor is soaring after impressive away wins at Blackburn and Bolton were followed by the stunning display of our tiny tots in the Carling Cup.  Even the late equaliser in Kiev contributed to the positive momentum.  The doubts of the Summer are being cast away in a wave of optimism.

But in football, you’re never far away from a crisis.  It’s worth pointing out that whilst we’ve encountered a few ‘bogey’ sides, we haven’t actually played anyone ‘good’.  There is a four week period starting in about a month’s time in which we face Spurs, Fenerbahce, Man Utd, Man City, and Chelsea.  So it is vital that whilst we’re in form we capitalise on our easier fixtures, starting with Hull today.

Like Arsene Wenger, I admire Hull’s progress and think they have had a good start to their Premier League existence.  Nevertheless, they’re yet to face anything quite like an in-form Arsenal.  If we can click into gear early on, I don’t think they’ll be able to live with us.

After Tuesday night, the likes of Carlos Vela and Nicklas Bendtner are very close to earning a first-team start.  But with Adebayor and Van Persie available, they might have to show neccessary patience to start on the bench.  Samir Nasri (who I hear is actually back in full training) is not being risked, but Mikael Silvestre (remember him?) could be in line for his Arsenal debut.

Tomas Rosicky, meanwhile, is stuck in a purgatorial state whereby his return date is perpetually uncertain.  It’s easy to forget just how effective a fit Rosicky can be.  Hopefully his return will feel like a mid-season signing and boost the squad.

Typically of Arsene Wenger, Le Boss has refused to allow this weekend’s 12th anniversary of his arrival at Arsenal to let him reflect.  Instead, he’s been talking about his future, but not in concrete terms, suggesting he’ll wait until the expiration of his contract in 2011 before deciding whether to stay on.  Club and manager are now so synonomous that it is hard to imagine one without the other.  It’ll be a strange day when we see someone else sat in the dugout of The Stadium That Arsene Built.

The draw for the League Cup fourth round has just been made, and it’s another home tie for the Young Guns, as we host Wigan Athletic.  That promises to be a good test for our teenagers, but it’s certainly winnable.

My good friend Arseblogger has come over for today’s game on his birthday – hopefully we score as many goals as he is old, and we win 50-0.

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