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Why The Citeh Game Is So Important

The lack of any real exciting footy has left me bored as hell. This week and a half is dragging on and on. A international break at this junction of the season is a superfluous insult. Clubs shouldn't have to send their prized players to all corners of the world so late in the season. The traveling and extra games will only further increase a players chances of getting injured. Arsenal, alone, have already lost three players to injury (Diaby, Bendtner, van Persie) and another round of trivial fixtures are still to be played. These injuries at such a crucial point in the season could certainly affect who walks away with the honours in various competitions over the next two months. But never mind all this, Michel Platini and Sepp Blatter say the games have a purpose. I mean really, who wants to miss the exciting double fixture of France versus Lithuania?

Anyways, the lull in football over the last 10 days has given me a lot of time to think about how important our next match at the Emirates against Manchester City is. Maybe I have had too much time to think this over, but nevertheless, I have convinced myself that however Arsenal preforms Saturday against City will be indicative to how the season will finish for the Gunners. If we come out guns blazing then I think the season will end in glory, but if Arsenal fails to show up then I will start looking forward to July/August.

Momentum cannot be underestimated in the modern game. Before the break Arsenal seemed to have finally discovered their form and the team was clearly bubbling in confidence. The team's new found resoluteness was expressed by both Wenger and van Persie when they went on the record saying Arsenal was going from strength to strength. February signing Andrey Arshavin was making a big impact and pivotal players were returning. Arsenal also had turned around their fortunes in the table to where our fate is in our own hands. Not so long ago, Arsenal were on the brink of going eight points behind Aston Villa, but now Arsenal are practically four points clear of the Villains considering our superior goal difference. Ten days ago all was going in our favour, then BAM! The international break came, players left the club to go back home, and the momentum abruptly died. There cannot be many more frustrating things for a manager than losing your players just as you got the recipe right. On Saturday Arsenal need to take the bull by the horns and reclaim that spirit against a somewhat underachieving but still immensely talented Manchester City.

In football, confidence, passion, and self belief are almost as important as skill, so it is essential that we regroup on Saturday and get our swagger back. If we fail to do this then I'm afraid we won't for the rest of the season because the schedule only gets harder. On Tuesday we go to Spain for the quarterfinal versus Villarreal, then we travel to Wigan where Steve Bruce will have his 7th place squad fully ready to take down the Arsenal. I could go on, but a quick glance at our remaining fixtures tells the entire story and more. This is our only chance to turn a vastly frustrating season into a glorious one. A good preformance and a positive result against Citeh is a must.

I have said for sometime on here that I believe when Cesc, Adebayor, Eduardo, and Walcott come back to the team, Arsenal can compete with anybody and even bring home a cup. But the key variable in that equation is whether the confidence and momentum will be flowing through the team. Saturday is the day where all this begins. Hopefully our players come through on Wednesday unscathed and the injured trio aren't hurt too bad, so everyone can return to London Colney ready to tackle the business end of the season and bring back a trophy or two to Ashburton Grove.

Bring on the weekend, bring on the Citizens!




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The Journalist

Writer: Brice Coffer Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday April 1 2009

Time: 2:28AM

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I have no idea where my original article went. It vanished into cyberspace, so I wrote up another version.
gunnerkid107
I have no idea where my original article went. It vanished into cyberspace, so I wrote up another version.
gunnerkid107
come on beat city for us we done ye 2 favours in last 2 league games......
123spurs
come on beat city for us we done ye 2 favours in last 2 league games......
123spurs
Good Luck Arsenal!
Askhat
Good Luck Arsenal!
Askhat
Cometh the hour, cometh the man. Anyway something that sounds pretty much like that! We should take down the sheiks. We owe them one. The manner of our capitulation up their demands that we find the resolve to pay them back in their own coin.
deledudu
Cometh the hour, cometh the man. Anyway something that sounds pretty much like that! We should take down the sheiks. We owe them one. The manner of our capitulation up their demands that we find the resolve to pay them back in their own coin.
deledudu
February signing ;D
ajwb
February signing ;D
ajwb
"another round of trivial fixtures are still to be played" -- qualifying for the world cup is not a trivial thing, certainly not to the players. I share the frustration about our players getting injured, breaking our momentum and the decline in quality of int'l football (I follow the French NT and their games v. Lithuania are among the absolute worst, they make Chelsea-Pool look entertaining) but the players simply don't share this contempt for int'l football. I used to enjoy int'l football just as much as club football but in recent years the quality has been in serious decline and club football is far better. But I still do watch the int'l game because it's still so important to the players and the countries involved. And I don't care how big the CL has gotten, absolutely nothing compares with the global impact of the world cup, nothing. And 2010 means a helluva lot to Africans, who are very passionate football fans. // About Man City, of course, I'm in complete agreement, it's an incredibly important match. We have a very difficult schedule coming up, let's hope the int'l break has no effect on our momentum.
jaelle
"another round of trivial fixtures are still to be played" -- qualifying for the world cup is not a trivial thing, certainly not to the players. I share the frustration about our players getting injured, breaking our momentum and the decline in quality of int'l football (I follow the French NT and their games v. Lithuania are among the absolute worst, they make Chelsea-Pool look entertaining) but the players simply don't share this contempt for int'l football. I used to enjoy int'l football just as much as club football but in recent years the quality has been in serious decline and club football is far better. But I still do watch the int'l game because it's still so important to the players and the countries involved. And I don't care how big the CL has gotten, absolutely nothing compares with the global impact of the world cup, nothing. And 2010 means a helluva lot to Africans, who are very passionate football fans. // About Man City, of course, I'm in complete agreement, it's an incredibly important match. We have a very difficult schedule coming up, let's hope the int'l break has no effect on our momentum.
jaelle
I see your point, but I still think they are trivial due to the fact that there shouldn't be so many qualifying games. If you have to play that many games though, then I would suggest not scheduling them at this point in the season.,
gunnerkid107
I see your point, but I still think they are trivial due to the fact that there shouldn't be so many qualifying games. If you have to play that many games though, then I would suggest not scheduling them at this point in the season.,
gunnerkid107
gk107, the scheduling is horrendous! It's like FIFA deliberately schedules these rounds to disrupt club football at the most crucial part of the season. And the amount of qualifying games is a joke but there are so many damned countries.
jaelle
gk107, the scheduling is horrendous! It's like FIFA deliberately schedules these rounds to disrupt club football at the most crucial part of the season. And the amount of qualifying games is a joke but there are so many damned countries.
jaelle
I know it might sound prejudice against the lesser countries, but I think there should be two different stages of qualifiers where the big names come in latter. Doubt that will ever happen though
gunnerkid107
I know it might sound prejudice against the lesser countries, but I think there should be two different stages of qualifiers where the big names come in latter. Doubt that will ever happen though
gunnerkid107
It was such a shame that the international break came then it did as Arsenal were playing so well, and with RvP on the injury list. The game against Man City takes on more importances, as we need to try and find our pre-international form.
hackneyval
It was such a shame that the international break came then it did as Arsenal were playing so well, and with RvP on the injury list. The game against Man City takes on more importances, as we need to try and find our pre-international form.
hackneyval
gk107, the comedy of an inferior team like Poland who won't even get to the wc beating San Marino 10-0 bears out your point, it's a ridiculous waste of time, energy, resources to have, e.g., Italy play v. Faroe Islands.
jaelle
gk107, the comedy of an inferior team like Poland who won't even get to the wc beating San Marino 10-0 bears out your point, it's a ridiculous waste of time, energy, resources to have, e.g., Italy play v. Faroe Islands.
jaelle
It seems like Citeh have been hit hard too, SWP, Ireland, Given and Bellamy are all doubts and Robinho and Elano won't get back until Friday morning. I imagine we'll play Ade and Eduardo upfront which is our best partnership anywhere on the pitch if you ask me.
Little Dutch
It seems like Citeh have been hit hard too, SWP, Ireland, Given and Bellamy are all doubts and Robinho and Elano won't get back until Friday morning. I imagine we'll play Ade and Eduardo upfront which is our best partnership anywhere on the pitch if you ask me.
Little Dutch
Eduardo is out again, groin problem. I'm beginning to think that Eduardo will become another Diaby.
jaelle
Eduardo is out again, groin problem. I'm beginning to think that Eduardo will become another Diaby.
jaelle
RvP should be OK for Villareal, right?
ArsenalRob
RvP should be OK for Villareal, right?
ArsenalRob
Well guys, we've won one away game all season, so you must fancy your chances of taking all three points from this one.
Thaibluefan
Well guys, we've won one away game all season, so you must fancy your chances of taking all three points from this one.
Thaibluefan
 

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