There is no doubt that today’s game against West Ham United is a big six-pointer in Arsenal’s quest to regain their rightful place in the Top Four, and the French right-back Martin Debuchy is under no illusions about how close the game could be.
Martin said on Arsenal.com: “It will be difficult at West Ham on Sunday, but we need to win, so we have to be 100 per cent. West Ham have a lot of players of quality and they have had a very good start to the season, so we can expect a very difficult game.
“We need a run of wins, that is what has been missing so far this season. We have great confidence and the belief that we can do it.”
All the Arsenal players have talked the talk about confidence this season, but the performances don’t always reflect the belief that they are supposed to have. Today’s match will be just a little bit harder without our top-scorer Olivier Giroud, and Debuchy is feeling sorry for his banned team-mate.
“He did not speak in the dressing room [after the QPR game]. It is a hard moment for him,” said Debuchy.
“I know that from before when I was at Newcastle. I was sent off, so have been in the same moment.
“It is difficult [to keep your cool sometimes], but we are professionals and we need to keep calm. Everybody has a temper, so it is not always easy to stay calm, but we need to keep calm.”
That sounds like a lesson to all Arsenal fans as well as Giroud! We must accept that an away game at West Ham will not be easy, and if we DON’T win it is not the end of the world. As Wenger said yesterday: “I don’t give importance to the table at the moment,”
“There’s 20 games to go.
“It’s very tight and it’s down to consistency now. We know every game now is down to consistency and reproducing the performances. We need to prepare quickly, focus quickly and that is an ability we want to show at West Ham.”
I am sure this will be far from easy today, but lets be honest and agree that even if we get one point it will be a successful result. Once we DO get all our injured players back we will easily fly back up the table….