Sanchez the striker comes good

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My first game back in the action didn’t disappoint. Well, from a result perspective at least. Also worth noting the calibre of bar staff at The Che pre game lived up to the usual high standards.

Line up had an Ozil on the left again, a Cazorla in the middle and a Sanchez through the middle. That was good news. I’m convinced the Chilean can play through the middle.

The game wasn’t up to much. I felt the Turks were far more of a threat in the first half than we were. I didn’t feel like there was a real vision for how our team should play. We hadn’t worked out a way to play with Sanchez, still trying to ping balls at him like he was a large man.

That didn’t stop the little machine banging in our first. Some crafty work with Jack at the edge of the box allowed the ball to roll in the firing line of Sanchez where he was on hand to bang the ball him low and hard. It was a poacher’s goal and it was first time. What a relief.

The second half was a touch nervy. Besiktas had some very strong penalty shouts, we missed some absolute sitters (Chambo, what was that!) and everyone in the stadium was on edge… but, we saw the game out and cheered like absolute heroes!

So key takeaways from me…

Performance

I felt the performance was weak, well, not weak, just well out of sorts considering the style Wenger strives for. I don’t feel the lineup has a vision of how it’s supposed to play. I didn’t feel anyone looked drilled or had been given instruction on how to play. It’s just a bit samey. Besiktas are a very poor team. Didn’t really feel we imposed ourselves or gave a good account.

Sanchez centrally…

As I told you earlier in the summer, Reus or Sanchez were coming in to play centrally. Wenger confirmed that last night. He’s very short, so he’s not winning anything in the air, but he’s fast, he’s unpredictable, he has magic inside and outside the box, he’s 0.5 seconds faster than anyone in the head and powerful. There’s no reason he can’t be our Aguerro. Love him. He’s a hard worker, he’s feeling his way in and he never stops working.

Chambers…

Debuchy took our second red of the season for a challenge that looked really good from where we were sitting. Chambers came on and gave a great account of himself at right back. The boy has pace to burn and he loves being in the mix. I love him. Our best acquisition in a while. He’s made an impact straight away.

(ENGLAND SQUAD. Totally deserved)

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Via James Olley (loadsa Gooners in that team!)

Ozil…

He’s really not at the races yet. Not sure about him outside purely from an exposure point of view. The side just doesn’t feel that balanced at the moment. I’d prefer to see pace out that way. Maybe he’ll get better. My issue is that he’s a number ten and we’re punting him in left midfield. Feels wrong. Like putting on your girlfriends underwear… but hey, look, after a while, it can feel right. So let’s wait and see on that one.

Jack Wilshere…

Look, the final ball was garbage and he made some very immature passes towards the end that put us under pressure. However, he was running at pace, he looked interested and he put in a really solid performance. He needs to build on that. Have a Ramsey season. Show us why you’re paid superstar wages.

Through…

Push comes to shove, we’re through, for the 17th year running. A great achievement. One worthy of a trophy. Looking forward to not playing Spursday night football.

Right, that’s me done. Have a great day!

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Arsene showing himself up in transfer window… again

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Well good morning! What a game last night. No wait, it’s tonight. I totally thought it was a Wednesday yesterday. What a tool.

Right, what have we today?

Well my friends, many LOLs going on at the moment.

There’s not much going on with the transfer stuff, mainly because we don’t have a plan.

As. Usual.

The centre back thing is pottering along like it has been for weeks. We’ve known since May that Vermaelen was going because he was aggrieved at the way the club treated him.

MAY

Yep, that’s a pretty long time ago. We’ve still not snared anyone to replace him. It’s a very worrying scenario that’s not being met with the type of urgency it should be. Why would Arsene feel that urgency? He reports to no one…

On the striker situation, it’s pretty clear that not a lot is going on there. Rumours coming out of Croatia that we’re interested in snapping up Nicola Zigic.

Oh dear… oh dear oh dear.

Pretty hilarious in a way. Falcao is available on loan for a season and we’re sniffing around a dog average striker who Birmingham let go. Typical Arsenal. We have an absolute stack of cash in the bank. We could afford to offer £50m for Cavani, we could afford whatever the loan deal would be for Falcao… we could hound pretty much any club in Europe for one of their strikers if we wanted to… but no… not Arsenal, they’d prefer to give the hapless Sanogo a go for three months. I mean, outside his lack of experience, he’s an injury calamity just like Diaby.

As for the mystical CDM we’ve been hunting for… what’s going on. In the whole of European / World football, our awful scouting network can’t russle up a single options. It’s unbelievable how poor that is. We’ve been trying to replace that role since Alex Song left. Where are our scouts looking? Why aren’t they looking in Eastern Europe? Why aren’t they looking at the bankrupt Spanish clubs? Why can’t they unearth good players these days?

… because they’re as backward as our fitness department.

I honestly can’t fathom what’s going on with Arsene, his behaviour is completely at odds with a top flight manager who has a desire to make things happen.

You can change your contract, your fitness coach, you chief exec… but your old manager and his old way will always catch up with you.

Arsene Wenger is already gearing us up for what we should expect this season. More of the same, baffling, totally off the wall behaviours that have seen us progress very little over the last 10 years.

Right, I’m done, I’m depressing myself.

See you at the game tonight…

Oh, Danny Welbeck… shoot, me, now.

UNITED LAST NIGHT! Hilarious… just hilarious.


Giroud injury highlights massive oversight in squad prep

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Sad thing about this stage of the window is that usually, you’re hoping for some sort of metaphorical prod to kick Wenger into action. Last season, that sadly was a loss to Villa and a stadium of booing fans. This season, the world class striker we’ve been crying out for for 5 windows looks more likely to occur because Olivier Giroud looks like he may have broken his ankle.

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