Lets rock the Grove on Wednesday night!

A decent Easter for the Gooner Nation so far. Our win at the JJB Stadium against Wigan Athletic was decisive if flattering. An early incident with Kieran Gibbs who could very easily have got a red card for a last man foul,  a free-kick cannoning off the inside of the post and out and a bit of a headless chicken rush out of his goal by Lukasz Fabianski could all have seen a very different result from the one we got. Two of our four goals also came right at the death. Still, three points and an improvement in positive goal difference of three is all goodnews, especially with Villa drawing 3-3 at home to Everton.
We’re still not completely secure for a fourth place finish with six games to go and eight points ahead of Aston Villa in fifth place, but it’s ours to lose now. Third is going to be a very big ask though with Chelsea six points ahead of us and with a goal difference of 35 to our 26. With away games to come against Yoonited and Liverpool it becomes and even bigger ask. Still, all we can is keep on winning and see what happens. The home game against Chavski will be vital to. A real six pointer.
All thoughts of the League need to be put to one side until next Saturday night now. I’m a little worried that too many Gooners think we’re in the driving seat against Villarreal following the draw out there. We need to do our bit from the stands and REALLY pump up the volume on Wednesday night. The away goal only does us any good in the event of a nil-nil draw. We’re just not a team constructed to shut up shop. We’ll also miss Big Bad Bill Gallas’s experience, especially with Johan Djourou being a doubt now following the knee injury he picked against Wigan on Saturday. Oh dear. The injury gremlins just refuse to go away, don’t they?
The injury woes aren’t all one way however. It looks like Marcos Senna will be missing for Villarreal having picked up a strained muscle in their two-nil home loss to Malaga at El Madrigal on Saturday. He’s an important player for them but, let’s have this right, Villarreal is a quality side. For all the Premier League’s protestations of being the best league in the world, I think the technical and tactical level is significantly higher in Spain on average.
We need to play as much of the game in their half as we can on Wednesday and keep the tempo as high as possible. We’ll also need total concentration from opening to final whistle. We’re more than capable of going through. Let’s make sure we, the fans, do our part too. We need the Grove to be really rocking on Wednesday night.
Enjoy the rest of the Easter Holiday. Bring on Villarreal. Love it! Can’t wait!
Keep the faith!

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