Happy Monday everyone, how did the weekend work out for you? Good I hope. If it didn’t, may I suggest your tune into Teletext page number 302 and check out the football headlines. Sky Sports massively cocked up the Super Sunday line up, so we ended up having to suffer Sunderland and Wigan games. The real excitement sadly wasn’t in the West Ham game, oh no… because they lost to Chelsea 2-0. The real excitement was around the Spurs game, because they played Fulham and lost 1-0. Which was beyond hilarious. Why? Because the #SpiralOfNegativity has really kicked in and the schedule is just about to get real for Spurs.
I’ve read a few people saying Arsenal fans focus on Spurs this year is embarrassing. I’m not quite sure how focusing on your nearest rival is ever embarrassing. Let’s not pretend that during the really good times we weren’t setting up St Totteringham day countdowns. Let’s not pretend we ever stopped caring about what Spurs were up to. For me, a competitive Spurs is great fun, it adds a bit of spice to an otherwise boring season.
What’s embarrassing for me are Arsenal fans wanting us to lose… along with fans who don’t take pleasure in watching Spurs lose.
Anyway, like I predicted after Spurs beat us, a run of tough games combined with a small squad was always going to be a massive challenge. Now factor in three losses on the bounce and you’ve got yourself a serious problem if you’re AVB. Scott Parker is too old to play 10+ games on the bounce. You can’t rest Bale. Lennon is injured. Dawson is injured. Holtby is off the pace due to a tough season. Defoe is off form. No one likes Adebayor.
Basically, it’s a pretty good time to scavenge out some late season form. It’s going to be tough, but there is no reason we can’t find some inspiration this late on. We’re playing for pride. We’re not playing for managerial vindication. Never forget that. I’m amazed at how many people think after two wins on the bounce Wenger is a tactical / preparational (I made that word up) genius.
Interesting to read that after calling out our goalkeeper coach a few weeks ago, the press now have stories indicating that we’re looking at Jens Lehmann and David Seaman in the close season. I’ve either called it well, or Arsenal give Le Grove back handers by answering our questions with press leaks, not onsite coverage. It’s interesting on the coaching front. Tennis players change them up all the time in the quest for perfection. We’ve had the worst run of keepers in living memory at Arsenal, yet the only consistent has been Gerry Peyton. Joe Hart has a poor season and all the talk is of sacking the City keeping coach.
Wenger has been doing his embarrassing dad piece in the press. You know, where he goes down to the school to tell off the bullies. What? That didn’t happen to me. No way. I had loads of friends. That’s why I’m a blogger.
Anyway, he’s called on Arsenal fans to be nice because Gervinho is sensitive.
“I know that Gervinho was under a lot of negative pressure because he missed chances and as well because I know how big that win was for us.
“He had the African Nations Cup and came back a little bit jaded but now I’m sure until the end of the season he will be a big force for us.
“He is sensitive – he needs the support. He wants to do well, he loves football – when he doesn’t score of course he is down.
“He gives us something different. He can dribble, he can provoke. Recently I felt he lacked confidence because when he got in front of goal you could see that it was not spontaneous. I hope that goal will give him a lot of confidence.”
Some nice sentiment, but jeez, man up Gervinho. Sensitive? This is man sport. Men don’t have feelings. We don’t cry. We look bad form in the face, then kick it. Admittedly, the fan base is negative towards Gervinho. I think it has to be noted that we are the most patient fans in the world when it comes to waiting for players to come good. We do forget that players are human as well. We tend to look at them like robots. Or, we look at them as salary figures.
‘He earns £60k a week, he should be putting those chances away’
Let me tell you people, if you paid me £60k a week, I wouldn’t be putting those chances away. Salary doesn’t improve your ability. Theo Walcott has been getting the same sort of jip. Now he gets £100k a week people expect him to turn into Thierry Henry. It ain’t going to happen people. He’s a good player, but I’d be surprised if he ever turns into a superstar you could label world class. He’s just an over paid Englishman nowadays who might be good for 20 a season. We had to keep him though, so no use complaining about his contract now.
One player who I really like is Carl Jenkinson. Sure he makes the off gaff, but he is quite green to that right back position at the highest level. His work rate is impressive, his love the club is a big draw and his game is getting better and better. I really think it would be a mistake to sell Sagna this summer and not replace him. Jenkinson should be given the same competition as Gibbs at left back. Our English core is never going to move onto bigger and better things if they’re not forced to better themselves through competition. If they want out because of it, show them the door, they’re not made of the right stuff.
Final piece of news is a bit around the new Adidas kit. You’re never sure what’s real and what’s photshopped these days, but this one looks pretty authentic and pretty bland. It looks like a training kit. I see what they’re trying to do with the retro thing… but jeez, it’s a poor effort if it’s real. Where are all the creatives at these days? Bland, bland, bland…