Sunday, Mar 01st 2015

Arsenal should beat desperate Rovers

Saturday, February 4, 2012 - 00:00 -- BY CAROL RADULL
Arsenal's robin van Persie (L) celebrates scoring his second penalty with  Theo Walcott during the fourth round FA Cup football match between Arsenal and Aston Villa jpg
Arsenal's robin van Persie (L) celebrates scoring his second penalty with Theo Walcott during the fourth round FA Cup football match between Arsenal and Aston Villa.

Arsenal Vs Blackburn Saturday 4pm

My Prediction: The Gunners 2 – 0 The Rovers

I almost don’t want to talk about this game at all simply because of how the return fixture went. It was Saturday the 17th of September, a day before my birthday but the day I was “celebrating.” And I thought the perfect celebration would begin with a victory over The Rovers. How wrong I was! Instead I did what most Kenyans do, we drink to celebrate and we drink to get over disappointment. (Tee hee) Arsenal hasn’t won a league match this year and that is of high concern to me and I’m sure to all Gunners worldwide.

Thierry Henry, our saviour, hasn’t quite lived up to the expectation. He began with a bang which was fantastic, but nothing since. And I don’t blame Henry. I think Arsene Wenger is being too conservative with Henry, mostly bringing him on as a 70th minute sub; and not providing him with a strong support team. We don’t have Henry for much longer and I think Wenger should make full use of him – ama the insurance promised to New York Red Bulls should he get an injury was astronomical? Mmmmh. Then why bring him on in the first place? Blackburn are in the relegation zone and annoyingly have only won 4 out of 23 matches this season. Grrrr. I hope Wenger has been rude and harsh to the boys this week as time for being nice is over. If he has, and I’m sure he has, we’ll be just fine in this game.

Manchester City Vs Fulham Saturday 8:30pm

My Prediction: The Citizens 1 – 2 The Cottagers

I have been ignoring City matches unless they were playing the “big four” but it’s impossible to ignore Robert Mancini’s boys anymore. They are joint top of the league with United and even though they stumbled this week with a loss to Everton, they have had one of the most impressive seasons for the club in years. City have the pedigree although great players don’t always make a great team; and that’s probably why teams are beginning to wear them down. Fulham will have gained confidence from Everton’s win over City and that will show them that City are beatable. They are indeed. At this point in the league it matters little which players are fit or available, it’s about will power. Fulham are 13th in the league and I’m sure they would like to finish in the top ten, starting today.

Chelsea Vs Manchester United Sunday 7pm

My Prediction: The Blues 2-2 The Red Devils

This season is so messed up for just about every team in the premiership except probably Man City. Nothing is going according to plan and I think Chelsea are one of those sides thinking the season can’t end soon enough. Chelsea were fortunate to get an injury time goal to draw 1 – 1 with Swansea on Tuesday, widening the gap between them and third placed Tottenham. Andres Villas-Boas doesn’t look as confident these days as he did when he arrived at Stamford Bridge.

I would like to say they’re missing Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou but these aren’t players that AVB even relies on. He pretends he doesn’t need them but I think he does. Man United somehow are grinding out points despite missing so many first team players. Even though I will never be a United supporter, I have massive respect for Sir Alex Ferguson. Wenger uses players and circumstances as excuses, Sir Alex shows that lack of players should not hinder progress. Wenger should do an internship at Old Trafford – ooops I can’t believe I said that. I think both teams can grind out a draw here.

Liverpool Vs Tottenham Monday 11pm

My Prediction: The Reds 2 – 2 Spurs

This will surely be an interesting tie to watch. Both teams scored three goals against their opponents this week so they aren’t having any problems in the striking department, although Spurs did concede one. That doesn’t say much. Right now Spurs probably have the best team in the league. Unlike Man City with great players that often rely on individual brilliance, Harry Rednapp has managed to put together a great team full of great players.

And Spurs have had these great players for several seasons, I’m more shocked that it’s taken them this long to really challenge for the title. They are five points off the top two teams and the only other team with a realistic chance at the title. But they are facing a revitalised Liverpool. King Kenny did say this week that a top four position is his target; and the only way that can happen for a Liverpool in 6th spot, is by beating the teams ahead of them. I’m looking forward to a very interesting clash.