Thursday 19th August 2010

A league encounter with Blackpool is not something I can claim to have witnessed. Indeed only those Gooners who can remember back to the early Seventies and earlier can boast to have seen such an occasion. With their tangerine colours and that opening home game of the season I feel Saturday promises to be a colourful occasion.

It also sees the official return of our famous old Clock to the South end of the stadium, a momentous occasion in the continued efforts to make our still relatively new stadium feel like our proper home. Nobody can ever take away the very special memories we have of Highbury but our new abode is where we will enjoy or football for evermore. It's up to us to add to the ingredients that make it feel like home.

The luck we have endured with injuries over the last three seasons has been discussed so many times that it has almost become boring. This despite its accuracy of course but rather than discuss yet further, all we long for is a chance to prove we can go that extra step beyond just competing with the majority of our squad available for the majority of the season.

For me our best player throughout pre-season was Samir Nasri. Yet here we are one game in, a new and very catchy song first aired in Barcelona but finally catching on at Anfield and he will sit out a month due to a knee injury picked up on the day.

Not ideal but with the likes of Cesc and others available for Saturday we hope Sami's knock is just an isolated one within the squad.

The first of five home league games on the bounce with a Saturday 3pm kick-off, not only an enormous rarity these days but a pleasant scenario for all those of us who remember when this was the only time and day league football was played.

Like back when we last took on Blackpool in fact.

Come on you mighty reds!

Frank

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