AW rules with a rod of iron...especially when we lose

I know, I know…it’s Friday and still we are reeling from last week’s debacle but a crumb of comfort has emerged in the Mirror this morning with a report that indicates just how angry AW was after the defeat to United.
The paper says our furious leader cancelled a day off for the players this week ahead of the visit to Chelsea on Sunday. Apparently the team were due a two-day break this week – but the Mirror says AW was so angry after the 3-1 drubbing that he ordered them in for an extra training session.
We must hope that his anger can be channeled into positive energy ahead of the game and we can perform at the peak of our powers and get the season back on track. Here’s hoping.
Team news ahead of the match and the Mail reports that Eduardo has been ruled out after failing to recover from the hamstring injury he sustained in the goalless draw with Aston Villa last week.
It seems Abou Diaby could return from the calf problem that has kept him sidelined since mid January and AW said: “Diaby is not yet back in normal training. He progresses very well but we will still have to wait until Saturday. He is a maybe. Eduardo is already ruled out.
“Theo Walcott is back and available so Diaby is the only question mark we have. All the others are longer term injuries.”
Wenger also confirmed that Robin van Persie is not expected to recover from his foot injury until April after a report had stated the Dutchman might be available by mid March.  “For Robin, the rehabilitation is going well but anything before April would be a little bit premature,” he said.
The Telegraph tells us that the Chavs are unbeaten in 23 home games in the League; Arsenal were the last side to win at Stamford Bridge, with a 2-1 victory in November 2008 thanks to two goals from Robin van Persie. Since then, Chelsea have had 23 home games, winning 19 and drawing four (and taking 61 points from a possible 69).
It adds that they are still without Juliano Belletti and Michael Essien while Ashley Cole and Joe Cole, who started on the bench at Hull, could feature.
Interesting take on our current woes from George Graham in the Sun. For me the most telling comments are: “Arsene’s priority isn’t winning trophies, it is the way they play.
“Arsenal have played wonderful football for the last four years but they haven’t won anything – that’s when some players will become restless. Cesc Fabregas knows he could go to Barcelona and would be virtually guaranteed to win trophies. That is what the boy has to think about.”
The paper also carries a story claiming AW has stepped up the chase for £14million France striker Loic Remy and also reports that Egypt ace Mohamed Zidan is being chased by us as well as Manchester United and Barcelona. The Borussia Dortmund hitman created numerous goals and bagged one himself as his country won their third straight African Nations Cup.
And his old man, Abdullah says three big clubs have been in touch about a possible move in the summer. He said: “Arsenal, Manchester United and Barcelona have talked to Mohamed’s agent.”
So Sunday looms and one thing you can’t say about going over there is that it doesn’t have the requisite number of watering holes in the vicinity…offer up prayers to Bergkamp that those one or two post-match libations are of a celebratory nature.
Up the Gunners!

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