Big it up for Rambo

Arsenal here, Arsenal there, Arsenal every f****** where, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la. Those were the days of basic yet apposite terrace chants of the 70s and 80s…ahh, memories. However on this occasion I am not referring to the huge numbers of travelling fans backing the boys, rather the amount of stories pertaining to the glorious Gunners in this morning’s papers.
Let’s kick things off with the Daily Mail and the report that Arsene Wenger has challenged his players to win the title for Aaron Ramsey.
The paper states that AW is refusing to put a date on a comeback for the 19-year-old, who was ruled out for the rest of the season after his leg was broken in two places by a challenge from Stoke dimwit Ryan Shawcross in Saturday’s 3-1 win at the Britannia Stadium. But he has dedicated the rest of the campaign to Rambo.
‘He is as low as you can be when this happens to you and you are flying,’ said AW . ‘Of course we were all very sad and very down after what happened to him. The one thing we can do now is give him all the support it takes. Also this gives us one more reason to fight (for the title) until the end. We want to do it for him.’
He continues in the Telegraph: “It is too far away to set any realistic deadline [on his recovery],” Wenger said. “Let’s let him heal. The good news is the surgery went well and it is not a career-threatening injury.
“But it is two breaks and to get back to your best you need not only to practice again but you need time to recover your co-ordination. He is a young boy and he will recover from this but it is a bad injury.”
AW did not mention Shawcross, whose tackle was viewed by most observers to be not malicious.  “We were all very sad and very down after what happened to him,” AW said. “The one thing we can do now is give him all the support it takes. Also this gives us one more reason to fight [for the title] until the end. We want to do it for him.”
Back to the Mail and a report that says Roma are looking to snatch William Gallas on a Bosman free. He is out of contract in the summer and the our policy of only offering one-year deals to players over 30 could tempt Gallas to look elsewhere.
AW is keen to hold on to his compatriot and may bend the rules by offering a two-year deal, but cash-strapped Roma are ready to pounce, says the paper.
The tabloid adds that Juventus will test AW’s desire to sign Felipe Melo by insisting on an Arsenal star in exchange. AW admits he is still interested in Melo, who he failed to land when the Brazil midfielder left Fiorentina for Juve in a players plus cash deal worth £21million. Juve are said to want at least one of Robin van Persie, Gael Clichy and Bacary Sagna as part of any transfer. No hope.
Looking to tomorrow’s clash with Burnley and the Clarets say they aim to end their awayday blues by shackling Cesc Fabregas – with a player old enough to be his father.
The Sun says manager Brian Laws reckons veteran Graham Alexander’s return from injury will be just the tonic his side need at Arsenal tomorrow.
Laws said: “Fabregas has this freedom in that support role. You can man-mark him, but if you take your eye off him he’s gone. That’s why you need players who do sense danger and assess things very quickly and Graham’s very good at that. He knows where to be at the right time. His legs might not get him there but his brain does.
“That’s why he’s played so long in his career. He’s 38 years young as far as I’m concerned. Looking at our last few games we’ve missed Graham’s communication. We know we’ve got to be a bit sharper and closer to them. There’s no way we can allow their players the freedom of the park – otherwise you’ll not be able to keep score.”
And, finally, to Bacary Sagna who tells the Mirror we are capable of winning the title. He said: “We have grown up and are wiser than last year and two years ago. We have learned a lot and now I think we can deal with the pressure.
“Having experienced players like Sol Campbell and William Gallas is massive because they know what it means and they know how they felt at the moment when they won. They can help us to imagine what we can do and what we can achieve all together. It is very important for them to talk a lot to the team and make us calm. Everyone wants to be the champion and it’s always difficult to be the champion.
“But to be the team that hasn’t won anything for several years, it’s even harder because you feel the pressure of winning something. It’s a good pressure because you want to do well for the fans and for yourself and win a trophy. We’ve played good football for five years and we know that we are a real side, but we know as well that the fans, the people in football, like to see a team winning things. So that’s what we want to do.
“When you’re getting so close to winning something and you don’t win it – one year, two years – of course you’re getting a bit nervous and you want to win this first trophy and you can open the door and go on.”
Last word to Henry Norris in the Bugle who says: “The Gunners faithful should ‘big it up’ – to use the modern parlance – for Aaron Ramsey at the game against Burnley and cheer the players on to another three points.”

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