So here we are again, for the second weekend running, rubbing our hands together after watching our nearest and dearest drop crucial points in unexpected fashion. Before I get into the what Santa provided us, I’d like to talk about Nasri.
Firstly, regardless of how stupid his stamp was, I’m glad he did it. For too long we’ve had a team of ‘butter wouldn’t melt’ teenagers in our squad and we’ve had zero edge on the pitch when it comes to fear factor. That little stamp caused a 22 man brawl and we more than stood our ground. I’m hoping that injected a little bit of belief into our squad that we don’t have to be top of the fair play league, and a bit of filth can give you an edge in a game.
I’m not quite sure how Nasri is facing a ban, I thought if the ref booked a player, he was immune from further punishment. However, this is Arsenal, I should have known better!
Onto our festive weekend…
I was sure that Manchester United were capable of maybe losing two points at Fulham, but all three? No way! They were emphatically beaten by the West Londoners who showed more heart and desire all over the park. Watching Scholes hit the tipping point of old age as he was dispossessed by Danny Murphy was a truly marvelous moment in part one of the ‘Collapse of the contenders’.
I don’t really feel I can include Liverpool in my dream weekend. They’re so far off the pace and have such a poor side at the moment, it really feels pointless putting text down about their loss at Pompey. However, watching Mascharano pick up a red after a disgusting challenge was funny, watching him hobble off injured at the same time was even funnier. The most enjoyable part of that game was listening to spoilt, under pressure Rafa bitch in the interview after. You can’t moan about not being supported by your board, then spunk 37mill on a centre midfielder who has managed 60 games in 3 seasons and a right back who has only ever been average at best. Ok, so I spoke a lot on that result, that can be part 2.
Part 3 of my weekend of job was watching the Chelsea match. I can categorically tell you that I didn’t believe for a second West Ham would even get a sniff today. Their form has been nothing short of diabolical of late, they didn’t have Carlton Cole in attack and they have been leaking goals for fun. How wrong was I? West Ham played fantastically well, carved out most of the chances and were only denied all three points because of a dodgy penalty decision by a very erratic referee.
So, if we win that bastard game in hand, we’ll move into second and we’ll only be two points off Chelsea. What a turn around.
Now, this is where the coach needs to be clever. We are where we are because of other teams dropping stupid points as well as us. Not because we’ve made some amazing improvement. We’ve never conceded so many goals in the opening games of the season and I don’t think we’ve ever been where we are on such a low points total.
Now is the time for the coach to go out and make that relevant signing. He now has the best opportunity since 2007 to go out there and make a real impact on the league. He doesn’t have a target man whose making an impact and lets be honest, it’s a lot to ask to expect Bendtner to come back and make that leap… he’s hardly been electric in front of goal thus far. Plus, whose to say he can maintain fitness anyway?
We’ve got a testing few weeks when a number of our players will be leaving the squad… lets not chuck away the season because the coach wants to prove a point about how right he was… because one thing I can guarantee, someone is going to kick on after Christmas… with the right signings, that can be us!
Show us that you really want to challenge for the league this year Arsene. A lot of teams are up shit creek with their finances and we know that you’ve still got a monster bounty tucked away in the Arsenal piggy bank. There’s no use saying there are no players available, beacause I’ve no doubt Mancini will find some. It doesn’t matter if they’re cup tied, if they’re top players, they’re not going to be league tied… that’s the trophy that matters, anything else is a bonus. Go out and do what you do best, purchase some proven talent and deliver the Gooner faithful some silverware!
See you in the comments Grovers!
P.S. Anyone read about Hughes paying 250k of his own money to purchase Bellamy? Sounds like a load of rubbish to me… Still, more believable than John Terry taking cash in brown paper bags so he could give it to a kids Charity…