Thud. That’s the sound of coming back to earth. Kind of. After looking at our previous results in a really positive light, one defeat has painted a completely different story and 9 points from 6 games puts things into perspective a little bit. Certainly not ideal. But it’s totally amazing how certain fans/supporters/people who decided Arsenal were the club of their affections because we done some successful things but realised we won’t win everything always or something like that, have forgot about the early season progression. Especially these cunts called Black Scarf AFC or something like that. Absolute pricks. I’m not sure what they are who they are what they do but they are cunts and I’m convinced they are Tottenham fans in disguise. Wenger out? Seriously? Come on.
Looking at the game vs Chelsea and I think that it was just a poor performance from Arsenal FC as a whole. Wenger got the selection wrong, there were bad individual performances and the fans weren’t particularly good either. From the off something seemed wrong, even before Diaby went off injured. The team looked disjointed and the passing was poor. It’s almost like the game never started from our point of view and Chelsea controlled things early. I can’t remember seeing a team having more possession than us at the Emirates at the beginning of a game. Per Mertesacker should have kept his place, but had Kos and Verm played to their potential and we won we would have thought it a master stroke from Wenger. Theo Walcott in my opinion should have started and these are the instances when contract fall outs really start to affect the club. Had he been signed up, it’s hard to imagine he wouldn’t have started. Confident from the Coventry game and normally impressive against Chelsea.
One thing that stood out to me was the willingness of our players to slide in and commit to tackles. Against stoke and Sunderland the beginning of the season I remember seeing us stand off more, hold our line and shape and this was the defensive and tactical discipline I enjoyed seeing. I can’t imagine the players suddenly made a decision to throw themselves into tackles of their own accord, it was uncharacteristic from Mikel Arteta to be sliding in and I think this could have been the instructions from the gaffer. Hazard, Oscar and Mata don’t seem to be the most physical so getting stuck into them seems rather logical. However cheap free kicks were costly – we’re still yet to conceded from open play (Soton’s goal was as good as a free kick, lol)
One annoying thing is the fact we cross so often when Giroud is on the bench, but as soon as he gets on it seems to disappear. Ramsey holds onto the ball for too long and it seems he is trying too hard to be special. If he played simple I think he could be amazing. I’ve heard people say Gervinho isn’t good enough as a striker or whatever, but he’s scoring. As frustrating as he is, he can be effective. Problem is for him is he’s 25, not 20 – hopefully he’s a late bloomer because the ability is there. Just needs to sort out some decision making skills and think that split second quicker and see the pass quicker. Podolski was anonymous and gets substituted too often in my opinion, for a player we expected so much of. Quite why Giroud is blamed for the loss is beyond me, one half chance a game that he doesn’t finish and it’s all his fault. Plenty of other players had more chances than him, and he wasn’t the one messing up at the back (on that note, the sooner Szcz is back the better – a commanding keeper could have made the difference even if the defenders do slip up). Ronaldo, RVP, Rooney – none of them are one chance a game clinical, they all require 4-5 chances per goal but they get that from playing 90minutes and I hope Giroud starts midweek and vs West ham.
Anyway losing during the season in inevitable, it happens. All the talk of new found resilience is meaningless if you can’t bounce back from a defeat. For example I expect a shit Man.Utd team spank whoever they are playing next week. And we need to do the same. West Ham away for an evening kick off is not ideal, but where better to bounce back from. Unfortunately we have a habit of losing to a newly promoted side but that will be another sign this team have made a turn for the good. This is the real test. This will be the challenge. Long season guys, long season!
Keep calm and keep the faith!