We travel away to QPR today and although it should be three points on paper, I am sure Arsene will be repeating himself to the players in saying that we need to be fully committed in every game and if we are not, then we will slip up and drop points. QPR are no great side but it is a London derby game with the hosts fighting for every point they can get to try to avoid the drop. Cisse's suspension is a good thing, he is a quick and dangerous forward.
Our injury list is shortening and this has surely been one of the key reasons for our resurgence, we had such a horrendous run of injuries earlier in the season, particularly at full back. I'd hope Gibbs would keep his place, the rest of the defence is obvious, then I would hope that Rosicky would play alongside Song/Arteta in midfield, with either Gervinho or the Ox in the forward line alongside Theo/RVP.
The sounds coming out of the club about our proposed ins and out are very encouraging, as many of us would have demanded and hope, the lessons from last summer appear to have been learnt. Arsene has made it clear that his priority is to tie down RVP/Theo/Song to new long term deals, while getting rid of the squad's unwanted dross (Vela/Denilson/Bendtner/Squillaci/Almunia/Chamakh et al). It also appears that the club wants to get moving early in the market and not leaves things to the last minute, the Podolski story is gathering momentum and he would be a very useful addition to the squad.
Finally one can't help but notice the fact that UEFA are a bunch of corrupt cronies. UEFA's kangaroo court has again found Arsene guilty of daring to speak to the referee and dished him out a ridiculous punishment. He is going to appeal but it seems pointless, it's a bit like appealing something dished out by the Stasi, you know it's unfair but the corrupt cretins in charge will not change their minds.
In the context of other managers like Guardiola doing far worse and not even being charged, one has to question the objectivity of UEFA in the way in which it selectively punishes individuals. It is also strange that Barcelona seem to get such favourable treatment, for example how did RVP get sent off for nothing last season while three Barca players grabbed our players by the throat without any punishment? Have a read of this interesting UntoldArsenal piece, it really does make you suspect that the game is not quite as clean as some would pretend.
ps Finally it is the 11th anniversary of David Rocastle's death today, RIP Rocky, a great example on and off the pitch, a true gent....