Part of being a top professional is knowing that every game is a new challenge, the outcome of which will either bring commendation or condemnation. No matter how well you had preformed yesterday, there are some who will judge you based on what you do today. It may not be absolutely right but it is one of the inevitable make-ups of the modern game.
As we prepare to face spurs, we run through a few who will turn out with something to prove.
- Aaron Ramsey
The Arsenal Player of the Year is yet to hit the heights that saw him shoulder out title campaign last season, scoring some magnificent goals, none more important than the winner at the FA Cup final at Wembley. Having started the season on a promising note with 3 goals in the Community Shield and back-to-back League games, the Welsh master has sort of faded in recent games. His passing has been a bit suspect at times, while the two shots at Aston Villa last weekend were too wayward for a player who has shown immense composure in front of goal over the past year. As good as we know he can be, he appears to be anxious to do a little too much at times, opting for an outside-foot pass to a teammate just a few yards away when a simple pass would do the same job. Despite all these, his work rate has not dipped as he still runs the whole pitch, attempting tackles and involving himself in the play. He is still the man to look up to this season, and the Spurs game should be the perfect stage to set the ball tumbling.
- Jack Wilshere
It’s been more than two weeks now since Jack grabbed the headlines for both his International display and the Man of the Match performance against City. Defeat to Dortmund saw him dropped for the League game at Villa, following a reversion to 4-2-3-1, Ramsey being the one chosen to pair Captain Arteta, while Ozil played in the central role. As most of us would expect, Ozil should retain his favorite role which would leave just one place for one of Jack or Aaron to pair Arteta. For his character, especially against Tottenham, I would find a way of playing Jack in the team for Saturday in a starting role. Whether he has shown enough to deserve that is entirely up to Mr Wenger.
- Alexis Sanchez
Could we really have any complaints about Alexis? He has played a vital role in every competition so far this season – a great input to the Ramsey Community Shield goal, an assist in his first game, the goal that got us into the Champions League, 2 League goals and 1 stunning League Cup free-kick. He is the team’s current top scorer but as they say, the reward of hard work is more work. He’s been worth every penny of that fee we paid for him, and Tottenham fans should see firsthand just how superb he is.
- Danny Welbeck
He finally broke his duck with a very exciting performance at Villa Park and the fact he will now face the club he rejected to join Arsenal adds to the banter. He’s got us all hopeful that the goal against Villa was the first of a stream to come, perhaps as many as the number scored by Henry. Henry always did it against the Spurs and if Danny is to erase his records, he has to continue what he had started against the enemy.
- Joel Campbell
He was not as poor as many were quick to suggest he was against Southampton. Perhaps, with all the knowledge that he may not get any opportunities soon, he tried a little much in his bid to impress. He must deserve another chance, especially in a role that will see him much closer to goal than far way towards the linesman. His pace could be necessary to push the Spurs in the second half, and it will be greatly delightful to see him take his time and play his game, hopefully score a goal.
6. Calum Chambers
Not many persons thought that Calum Chambers would have been involved in as many games as he has played this season, having featured in every single game from the Community Shield till the League Cup, except the Dortmund game due to tonsillitis. With Debuchy’s unfortunate long lay-off, he will now be one of the first names on the team sheet every match day. You just hope (1) he wouldn’t be come fatigued at some stage considering he is still a teenager, and (2) he won’t get complacent. Bellerin might also be fancying his chances.
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