Whatâ€™s going on this fine late summer morning? Not a whole lot, though the papers are full yet again of assertations that Arsenal are now a team of toughs and wonâ€™t be bullied. Gallas has said it, Fabregas has said it â€“ anyone would think a PR has been briefed to spread the word that we wonâ€™t roll over anymore. Rumour has it Walcott will be wearing boxing gloves and a white towelling robe next time he comes off the bench.
The first two games have boded well on that front, I must say, but itâ€™s still too early to judge. A better time to judge would be when we play tough, well organised northern opposition away from home. So thatâ€™ll be Sunday then.
Blackburn away is a exactly the kind of game that will go some way to proving that, so itâ€™s a good job the opposition havenâ€™t been loafing around in midweek in anticipation of a leg-heavy Arsenal side returning from Prague. Blackburn themselves were away in eastern Europe, playing the team with arguably the best name in European football â€“ MyPa.
Midfield injuries and unavailability seem to be only partly lifting. Gilberto is still not set to start, and of the twin Dâ€™s of Diaby and Denilson, only the latter is ready for action. On top of that, Eboue looks like heâ€™s picked up an ankle knock.
Luckily, we might finally see Eduardo da Silva. Heâ€™s ready and, Iâ€™m guessing, may partner van Persie. The latter has done well but Iâ€™m not convinced holding the line on his lonesome is his bag.
But still, hey â€“ 2 wins from 2. The team is tough and the team believes (so they keep telling us).