Eduardo to return and today’s other Arsenal news
Morning Arsenal fans. A few tidbits of Arsenal news this morning, as the anticipation begins to mount for the home game with Liverpool on Sunday.
Firstly some great news as Eduardo looks set to feature in a competitive match for the first time since his horrific fracture sustained at Birmingham in February. Arsenal’s reserves take on Portsmouth this evening, with Eduardo set to play. I’m sure all Arsenal fans will agree that it’s great to see Eduardo having made a recovery and starting to get back to match fitness.
In other injury news, Young winger Theo Walcott has spoken to the press saying that he hopes to return by mid-February.
Former midfielder and Gunners legend Patrick Viera has spoken a little about his former club, saying:
“Liverpool on Sunday will be a pressure game. It is a must-win game for their title hopes.
Having beaten Manchester United and Chelsea you would expect them to be closer than they are in the table. But, instead, they have lost too many games against the smaller teams and have fallen behind.
If they don’t win on Sunday then it will be very tough for them to come back. They have the character to do it. They showed it against Chelsea, coming back from 1-0 down. There are so many positives they can take from that Chelsea game that I’m sure they can do it against Liverpool”
“A winning mentality does not come in one day, I’m sure that every single player at Arsenal wants to win but it is coming to the moment when you need to play really bad games and win 1-0. One of the problems for Arsenal as well is that they are conceding too many goals. I think that teams now play against Arsenal knowing that they can score so that can be a little bit psychological.”
He went on to say that he is not sure whether Arsenal need to spend money on new players in January and while that point is debatable, you have to agree that Arsenal are suffering from a lack of confidence and are not as feared by the opposition as they used to be.
A win against Liverpool could perceivably boost confidence, but wins against Manchester Utd and Chelsea have so far not helped performances against less talented teams.
Adebayor was quoted about the Liverpool game:
“We just want to try to keep our dreams alive, Everybody all week will talk about this game. We know how big Sunday is for the club.
The big games bring out the best in us… big players, a great atmosphere – everything contributes to those occasions.”
While Arsene Wenger has said:
“There’s no big difference between Liverpool and the rest of the teams near the top of the table. We can beat them.”
While Arsenal are currently a way behind the leaders of the league we are not completely out of the running, yet if we can beat Liverpool and get a run of good form and wins going we can close the gap.
The Liverpool match and the boxing day visit to Villa are absolutely critical games for Arsenal though, Arsenal need to win both games and win them well if they are to turn the Premiership campaign around.