By Brian Perceful
Welcome to the Interlull...wah wah wah. Frankly, it couldn't have come at a better time if you ask me. We have some key players that are really close to returning. Theo and Santi should return to the fold by the time we take the pitch against against Norwich. Looking back at this week's game it really seems a point was a fair result. For the first time this season our club looked a little heavy-legged. A result like this just highlights how important quality depth is for your squad. The biggest thing I took away from the weekend is the feeling that this was a game that we have dropped points on over the last 4 or 5 seasons but we clawed to a draw. I'm hoping its a sign of maturity and steel that this club has so desperately needed.
Of course, with the Interlull comes the tedious and ridiculous stories. I'm always impressed with what people will write about when there's nothing to write about. Smokin' Jack Wilshere seemed to create quite a stir. Honestly, I thought his Twitter response with the pic of Zidane smoking was hilarious. Most people didn't. I got it, Jack! As always it's never to early to let the transfer window speculation begin. To be honest, I thought we'd lose Sagna in the summer window. He seems to be the last of that group of players that seemed to become disenchanted with the club. Can't blame the guy. The lack of results would do that to any top shelf player. Again, though, we have a player who has had a laundry list of injury problems yet we stuck by him. Maybe he hasn't been knackered as much as a certain Dutch skunk, but time and time again we've been left in the lurch to another Sagna injury down the stretch. Now comes to time for him to repay our faith and he has his head turned. That's fine by me. Only if we don't let him do a Bosman. The least he can do for us is to let us move him in January and move on. No hard feelings mate, but at least let us recoup some of our investment. We'll see what happens and I'd love to eat these freshly typed words but I'm not buying it.
As always, interlull means squeaky bum time for us Arsenal fans. Due to our national diversity as a team and the talent we have, Arsenal is always one of the hardest hit teams when it comes to international call ups. It is what it is I guess. Luckily for us I think this gives Santi a much needed rest to help his recovery. His injury came at a time that made his call up impossible. I'd love to see Nicky B have a good pair of games. I know we have wildly differing opinions about the great Dane, but it genuinely seems like he's putting in a solid effort trying to make this second chance work. With our lack of depth up front we certainly need it. If the guy can find some decent form it can only help us going forward. Maybe these two qualifiers expedite that. The Danes need to win both to make the playoff round. Usual suspects are out. Monreal for Spain. Ozil and BFG for Germany. Our dynamic duo of Polish keepers. Koscielny and Giroud line up for France. Rasmey will play a pair for Wales. The head scratchers for me involve the English side. Jack Wilshere gets the call up and, if you ask me, its more on name than current form. I love Jack, but I still think he is battling his way back to top form. Gibbs should have gotten a call up but was snubbed and it took an injury to our favorite Chav Cash Whore to get it. And then Jenks gets called up to the U-21 side. Really? Here's hoping that everyone returns in one piece!
With all that's going on one thing remains....we are top of the freaking table! All things are pointing to the fact that maybe, just maybe Le Boss has got this team turning a corner. I know its early but my son was 3 months old since we were last in this position. We all know how that ended. Is this our year? I think with a couple of much needed additions in the winter window it could be. I'm not overly impressed with anyone in the top half of the table. It really is an optimistic time at the club. I'm not trying to pump sunshine here. I think a good strong title run this season would be the perfect launch pad for us going forward. With the new commercial deals kicking in this summer we should be in the best place we've been at as a club since we broke ground for the Emirates. Time will tell I guess. But until then I'll enjoy the view from the top!
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