AW: We are up FOUR it...

We’ve got a big test tonight at Villa and AW has given his words of wisdom to Her Majesty’s Press and I am happy to share these with you this morning even though a few of you don’t really deserve it after all the name-calling from such sensitive souls yesterday (that’s the last time I mention the so-and-so cup I can tell you).
So to our leader — who it seems missed out with a last-ditch bid to get Chris Smalling from the grasp of Manchester United last night — after and his thoughts going into the vital four gam,es that could define our season. He tells the Sun: “There is always another way to play but our way is to score goals. Our goal difference speaks well for us.
“I have never known a run of four league games as significant as these. Never in all my time here, not four on the trot. If we win them all we are in a very strong position, for sure. But let’s start with the first one and ignore all of the others.”
The paper says AW picked out his side’s 2-1 comeback victory at Liverpool in mid-December – when Andrey Arshavin hit the winner – and the 3-0 triumph over Villa a fortnight later as turning points in our season.
He added: “Before Liverpool, we had not won big games. We didn’t win against Chelsea at home, we didn’t win at Manchester City or Manchester United.
“Even if we felt we should have won, we didn’t and it was in the head of the players. But we did it at Liverpool, we beat Villa and we overcame something in our head. It shows immense mental strength to come back. I believe there are moments in the season where you have decisive wins. They are important for the belief in the team.”
The redtop claims AW reckons beating Villa at the Emirates – thanks to sub Cesc Fabregas’ super show – just a month ago gives his side an edge tonight. Not so sure about that and I’d take a draw now.
He added: “That game will give us belief because we know we have played in a strong way, a disciplined way against Villa at home. I think they are top-four contenders and you never expect an easy game against Villa. But we know we can beat them – and they know it as well.”
Nicklas Bendtner and Samir Nasri return after injuries – but will be on the bench.
The Mail tell us that Jack Wilshere looks set to spend the rest of the season on loan at Bolton despite last week’s dispute between Owen Coyle and AW.
The paper adds that Coyle feared he had blown his chances of luring Wilshere to the Reebok by branding a tackle from William Gallas on Mark Davies “an assault” after a 4-2 defeat at the Emirates.
It adds that AW will leave the final decision to the teenager but will try to steer him towards a club where he will have the best chance of regular first-team action and this is where Bolton appear to hold the trump card. ‘Coyle is not out of the running. I wasn’t pleased with their reaction but we have to be above that and do what is best for Wilshere.’
In the Mirror, the numskull that is Philippe Senderos claims he quit the Emirates because he couldn’t spend any longer in the ‘wilderness’. The paper says the centre-half-wit could make his Everton debut tonight against Sunderland at Goodison after joining on loan for the rest of the season and says it is great to be wanted again.
Senderos’ career has been on hold since AW told him to find a new club in the summer and the Swiss international, who is out of contract in the summer, is anxious to make up for lost time. “I couldn’t go on,” he bleats. “I needed to move. You’re not going to be happy when you want to play football week in week out and you’re not.
“I just think the end of the road was in the summer. I could have gone then, but it didn’t happen. The last few months I’ve worked myself really hard to try to stay fit and concentrate on my goal, which is to play football for a team that wants me.
“I tried to look at it as a test and I hope it made me stronger. Hopefully I can prove that here. I didn’t get many chances in the first few months of the season so hopefully I can start my season now I’m here.”
“Hopefully I can play enough games to be involved with Switzerland,” he said. “They said to me if you don’t play it will be difficult to pick you. I knew that situation in the summer. I knew I needed to go somewhere where I will get my opportunity. It didn’t happen in the summer, but it’s happened now, and I hope I can show Everton what I can do.” A word Phil my little Swiss, if you ain’t good enough to get a game ahead of Mick Silvestre and Big Sol, you ain’t good enough. Geddit?

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