The message cannot be clearer – with the injury to Cesc now, and the clear signs that Liverpool are still be protected by referees in a way that other teams are not, the Lord Wenger will know exactly where we stand for the second half of the season.
Back comes Eduardo, followed somewhat later by Rosicky and Theo. Out goes Cesc for a while, plus anyone from the kiddies’ side who wants to go off on loan. Hovering is Jack Wilshere who the lord Wenger described last week as Bergkamp II. (That’s interesting because about a year ago Wenger said that if there were another Dennis out there, he couldn’t find him). Bergkamp II. Can you imagine? And he doesn’t even have a fear of flying.
If he is unsure as to whether the baby team will be able to step up and do their stuff, the Lord Wenger can go and buy anyone he wants. Real Mad have already spent their dosh paying several hundred billion for Lasagne Diarra – which is ok because it gets us more money, and it gets money for Portsmouth (and it is hard not to feel something for Portsmouth given who now runs the show, and who is in and around the team).
Virtually everyone else is bust – BarBarBarcaSheep could buy someone as could one or two Italian clubs, but it is going to be a very thin market – which means Arsenal can get whomsoever they wish. (And that’s leaving aside the fact that by and large most of the people we buy are not on other team’s shopping lists anyway).
I haven’t a clue whether we should buy anyone or not – time and again I have been amazed at what he has conjured up from the realms of the outer darkness. I’m the one who wondered what the hell he was doing with Henry who didn’t seem to know where the goal was for the first two months. (I also thought Dennis was over the hill when we bought him. Shows what I know.)
With that in mind, I was heartened by Sunday, and as each game goes along I think that Denilson is not just a great midfielder, but is getting that inside knowledge that Gilberto had – that “invisible wall” stuff that made him so valuable. I do recall how, when Gilberto got his year-long injury, there was a general feeling that he would not be missed because he really did nothing. When he came back he got an overwhelming reception – everyone knew by then why he was in the side, and what we had missed without him.
So, now its Villa. If you thought Liverpool were play-acting (as they were), just wait until you see the “go down and hold your head” approach they have been using.