In the past Arsene and Arsenal had been accused of fielding a team of mostly foreign players and in some quarters the lack of British talent or grit as some might label it was responsible for the lack of progression being experienced by Arsenal. Arsene had always been of the opinion that quality and not the colour of your passport should be the reason why you got into the team. Those days of such allegations against Arsenal are long gone, whether deliberate or not Arsene has gone on to recruit a number of British players in the team. Presently Arsenal have the following British players in its ranks; Jack Wilshere, Kieran Gibbs, Aaron Ramsey, Theo Walcott, Oxlade Chamberlain, Chambers and Danny Welbeck. Arsene has a lot of belief and loyalty to his team in general and the British core make up a good percentage of that. One is not blind to see the promise all these players possess and the reason why Arsene recruited them but lately some of them have not been putting in performances required or not been available at all. Chamberlain has had a poor season considering the promise and standards set by him previously, Walcott is lacking consistency and Jack has had another season where he has been plagued with injury. Gibbs is an able deputy at left back, Chambers is one for the future and Danny is still finding his feet at Arsenal. Then there is the conundrum of Ramsey and his best position in the system the team currently plays and he hasn’t hit the heights of two seasons ago. I can see why Arsene did not buy an outfield player at the beginning of the season, but with Flamini, Arteta and Rosicky to depart at the end of the season I think he should be thinking of getting top top quality replacements he won’t see as hindrances to the development of his British core but competition that will help the team and the players themselves in the long run.
Arsenal managed their first win in six games beating Hull 4 0 in the FA cup replay. Hull must be sick and tired of seeing Arsenal at any stage of the FA cup now. Three years in a row now that Arsenal have gotten rid of them in the cup and in all of those years Arsenal have gone on to win the cup, maybe they are now Arsenal lucky cup team.
My take from the game; Eleny has a good shooting technique, does the simple things well and is always looking to pass the ball forward, I think the axis of him and Coquelin will work very well the more they play together although he needs to be stronger in the tackle but that will come with time. I am never happy when any Arsenal player gets injured but I think Campbell playing on the right as a result of Ramsey’s injury bodes well. With Sanchez on the left of that midfield anchor of Eleny and Coquelin it gives the team a better look with regards to pace and dynamism and Campbell does have an eye for a good pass! Walcott and Giroud managed to score two goals today, hopefully it will be good for their confidence going forward. Iwobi is a good good player always willing to take players on with the ball always sticking to him, if you ask me I think he has a bright bright future. It was a good professional game by all concerned today and I hope they are ready to go again at the Emirates on Sunday against watford.
The victory was at a cost though losing Mertesacker, Gabriel and Ramsey to injuries fingers crossed they are not out for a long time.
Apologies for not doing any piece on the North London Derby I am sure you all satiated with that by now.
See you guys at the weekend and hoping Arsenal make it two wins in a row any kind of win now is good for confidence regardless of the opposition. Oh yes and if you ask me Chambers is a centre back did well there!
I am resigned to the fact that this Arsenal team does not have what it takes when the chips are down. They faced a very young Manchester United team at Old Trafford and still managed to lose and lose without fight, composure and commitment.
I was speaking with a close friend during the week after the Barca game and I was like if Arsenal played every game in the premier league the way they played against Barcelona in the first 70 minutes they would win the league and would have been topping the table already. The way they hassled and transitioned into a structured shape when they didn’t have the ball was a serious positive a positive they didn’t take into today’s game. Every player tracked back midweek regardless of who in the Barca team was with the ball. In today’s display there was an underlying arrogance there was no need to be that switched on and they would rock up and beat this young United side. Rooney was not in the starting line up and no one in the Arsenal team thought it was important to keep an eye on Rashford including Arsene when he was speaking in his post-match saying Rashford was the surprising one with his movement.
I am a staunch Wenger fan but I think the time has come when he has to begin to evaluate his methods and if he can really take this team any further than he has. Any team to a degree is a reflection of its manager, Oxlade Chamberlain starting midweek and Walcott starting today was Wenger rewarding mediocrity, It’s endorsing the idea I don’t have to be at my best to make the team. The two English men have done nothing this season to deserve starting ahead of Joel Campbell. A mentality that trickles down the whole team “there will always be a next time or it’s ok when I don’t give my best.
It’s tiring when Wenger keeps using the same phrases like; “we lost concentration” ” We were naive” season upon season to describe the same players.
The time has come when he has to begin to think that some of these players are not good enough or he is the problem with his approach. Spurs have a less gifted team player for player but their mental fortitude this season is testament to the new manager in charge and how the team have taking on his mentality.
5 points is not a lot with 33 points to play for but like David Platt said today you don’t see this Arsenal team going away and winning.
What do you guys think? Should the board begin to look for a Wenger replacement because Wenger has taken this team as far as he can? Do you agree with me that he rewards mediocrity?