Atmosphere? You're having a scarf...

I’ve got mine have you got yours? I’m talking about the red and white scarves dished out at the Emirates before the game against Pompey on Saturday. Yes, the gesture helped brightened the place up but it was the goals and the manner in which we played which brought the cheers.
Today’s rags are full of cheer for the England cricket team’s Ashes victory against Australia but, of course, more important to us is news of the glorious Gunners.
The Sun seemed, er, hamstrung for a new Arseanl line this morning and repeated yesterday’s news that Cesc Fabregas could be out for three weeks. I know, I know and I’ve repeated it here — only passing on the info as a duty to Wengerites the globe over.
The paper reports the Spanish genius looks set to miss the Premier League clash with Manchester United at old Trafford next Saturday and adds: ‘It will be a massive blow for the Gunners as the Spanish midfielder has been in top form this season.’ You don’t say.
The Telegraph doesn’t look so far as the United game and says Fabregas is unlikely to be risked against Celtic in the second leg of the Champions League qualifier on Wednesday, and the paper points to Abou Diaby’s two goals and display as a suggestion that  the emerging players will provide greater strength in depth this season.
Surely AW won’t risk Fab for the Hoops match if there is a chance, however slim, that he may regain fitness for the United game. having said that the Celts have nothing to lose when they come to N5 and we must be on our game and on our guard to see them off.
The Mirror, meanwhile, picks up on the Arsenalisation of the Emirates in the wake of the distribution of the 57,000 free scarves.
They have pinched the quotes from Arsene Wenger’s matchday programme notes but they are indeed worth repeating. He said:: “We have to create history here first by winning titles, but also by making the place warm so that you feel the history of the club. We have left the history of this club behind in a different building.
“But it is important that in this new place the history and the values of the club are kept alive, and we have to create that here. Maybe other places are a bit more noisy. I have met so many people who have been going to Arsenal for 50 or 60 years.
“They had their heart and soul at Highbury. We have to give them something back here where they think that is part of what I have experienced my whole life. They want to see the faces of the players they have seen – Tony Adams, Vieira, Cliff Bastin. That has to still continue here. The desire is there. It is not only me, the board want to do it. I find it personally a fantastic idea.”
A more sobering take comes in the Daily Mail: ‘Many would claim meeting the cost of constructing the Emirates has gone hand in hand with Arsenal’s failure to win any silverware for the past four seasons.’
Check back soon as the build-up begins to Wednesday’s clash with the Celts…

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