A quiet news day ahead of the Chelsea game. Nicklas Bendtner refuted some questions about himself and Adebayor as a strike partnership,
People keep saying we are too similar in style and things like that, but I think it can work just fine
He substantiated this with comments about the Wigan and Villa games. However, the thrust is that they are building up an understanding although with the return to fitness of RvP, the likelihood of them getting much playing time together seems to diminish. The Dane then went on to discuss Sunday,
We have to come out with loads of determination, power, energy and will and really show that we can come back to winning ways in the league. It’s very important for us to push on now, we cannot allow any more points to be dropped now, otherwise we won’t make it – as simple as that
Like the rest of the squad, he knows what has to be done but talking about it is easy, the hard part comes at 4pm on Sunday when for the next hour and three quarters, the match takes place.
Meanwhile Arsene observed,
Chelsea is a big game for us now, but maybe it’s a good opportunity not to put too much pressure on ourselves and to show how good we are against a good side
Kolo Toure concurred,
We know that we can go anywhere and win – we have shown that in Milan. We need to repeat that kind of performance on Sunday and then we can be on top of Chelsea
This is all good stuff. If talking about it convinces the squad in their own minds that they can win, so be it. However, putting it into practice needs to happen as well because winning is the only option. A draw will not be good enough as United have a superior goal difference that requires Arsenal to hand out some good hidings to recover. The one truth that Alex Ferguson has spoken in recent weeks is that the most consistent team between now and May will win the league. He perhaps should have clarified that to the team that wins most consistently but there you go.
Gael Clichy meanwhile spoke of the Chelsea game and the pressures of being top,
We’ve had the experience of being on top and the pressure has been on. It’s good to be top, it shows the quality is there, but it’s not bad to be second or third. It will be an interesting end to the season and we hope we can come out in first place
It begs the question though as to how well they have handled being top of the League. Recent weeks suggests not too well when the ‘business end’ of the season approaches. Yet neither Arsenal or United have handled the pressure particularly well despite the latter’s so-called years of experience at the top. Well, OK, one season. External factors such as injuries and suspensions come into play but the inability of both sides to take advantage of their points supremacy at varying times in the season is going to come back and bite one of them painfully. If the squad want to stop the inquisition about whether or not they are ready to win the title despite tender years, they have to win on Sunday and that is something that they are more than capable of doing.