Hail Denilson...Samba, er, star

Just when I was ready to write off Denilson as possibly the worst player we have at the club, he goes and scores a wonder goal. His belter against West Ham on Saturday followed a superb strike that led to Nik Bendtner’s goal at Hull last week and I am beginning to, once again, eat my words on the Brazilian.
It just goes to prove that we should never underestimate AW and his belief in players. He is virtually always right (eat your heart out Franny Jeffers). And the great man (AW not Jeffers) holds court this morning in the papers and for starters tells the Mirror that we will be worthy champions if we win the title even though we have been second-best to our biggest rivals Chelsea and Manchester United.
AW said: “Ideally, you would want to win all 38 games and then everyone would say ‘they deserve it.’ But you never have the perfect run-in. We are in a position where we can show to people that we have improved. We’ve improved our consistency. I don’t know where we will finish but let’s go for it.”
The Telegraph says that AW senses that a fourth league title would be his should we win our remaining seven matches and, with the momentum mounting, he feels that his players are being helped by the simplicity of the challenge.  “What is good is that we cannot even calculate,” said AW . “We absolutely have to win all of our games. If it’s 0-0 with 10 minutes to go, we have to throw all the strikers on and keep pushing for the win. I believe we can go and win the next games; we have that kind of attitude.”
In the Daily Mail, AW says it is a blow losing TV5 for the Birmingham game next week after he was sent off against the Hammers. ‘I hope missing Vermaelen at Birmingham won’t be a problem – but we cannot continue to lose centre-backs, that is for sure,’ he said. ‘You also cannot have six centre-backs at a football club because that doesn’t make sense.
‘Sol Campbell was outstanding, but to repeat the games could become a problem for him so I think I have to give him a big holiday next week to recover. He is very important to us and I think it was a very good signing. Everybody said I didn’t sign anybody and now you can see that I signed somebody.
‘His experience is vital in the dressing room, and you need it especially when we get to the period we are in.It is important you have players like Silvestre, Sol Campbell and Almunia, who are very influential. They have done it before so players listen to them. Song was absolutely outstanding. It looked so easy for him to play in this position,’ added AW. ‘I know he can play there, but he was outstanding in midfield earlier in the game. I have no fear to continue with him at centre-back if needed.’
Super Cesc has his say in the Sun. He said: “People who say we are a different team without me are completely wrong. I have missed five Premier League games and except Everton, where we drew, we have won all the games. It is a strong squad and anyone can play at any moment.
“Right now, we have won nothing. In the league there are seven games and in the Champions League we have two games coming up. We are not thinking about being champions. We are only thinking about Birmingham. There is a lot of time to think about Barcelona. Our first priority is Birmingham and that is the sign of champions, taking things game-by-game.
“In the league, you can bounce back. In the Champions League, if you play bad, it can cost you. In the Champions League, we play against the best team in Europe, probably in the world. We are really looking forward to it. It is another opportunity to play against a great team in a great stadium. It will be very exciting.
“If you want to win this competition, you have to beat everyone. If we’d been drawn against Bordeaux or Lyon we would have taken it the same way. Barcelona are a great team but we always go with the same mentality – and that is to win. But first we have some important league matches.”
Writing in the Bugle, Henry Norris writes: “Arsenal fans would have been, for once and once only, been praising Fat Sam after Blackburn held the King’s Road Kremlinites to a draw yesterday.” Spot on, Henry.

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