Ok I’m on match report duty as Pedro didn’t make the last game of the season. Let me start by saying there were huge gaps all around the stadium, I have never seen that in all my time as an Arsenal season ticket holder and that is a long time, last game of the season, wow. Then come the Arsenal lies about 60,180 something in the stadium, sure there were, even blind Arsene could see that there were at least 10,000 empty seats, when the players walked around the pitch at full time the ground was half empty, and again, that I have never seen before, so I hope him and his players copped that little message. In fact even the red action section looked light.
We played well but we only played a depleted Fulham who were clearly thinking about Wednesday, I watched the game from a box so had to behave myself, I was also in the company of winning Ryder Cup captain Bernard Gallacher and his son so I watched the game sober and made comments like, what a good goal, and I’m glad we didn’t spend £8million on Chris Smalling.
It was a typical end of season rout and there was only going to be one winner regardless of Fabianski and his flaps, he is 6′ 4″ tall and jumps for the ball whilst going down, very odd that.
I had us down for 5 and we did score 5 so I wasn’t far off, Robin looked sharp and Arshavin and Vela scored peaches, Djourou coming back looked good and I think he’ll be a great centre back, a bit of a crock though so we can’t bank on him for a full season. If you want to know what we need in a centre back then look no further than Sol Campbell, who was again our best player yesterday.
We need to sign a centre back like him, now this is where I would be brave, William Gallas is 32 and hasn’t finished a season in the last 3 years, so I am puzzled as to why on earth Wenger is offering him another 2 years. I think him and Vermaelen are top, top players but there record for me isn’t so great, they conceded a lot between them, yes I put a lot of that down to atrocious keeping but they are footballers and not stoppers, here’s my solution, say goodbye to Gallas and make Vermaelen a DM. Not instead of Song, but as well as Song, he has pace, can tackle and can score.
Then go and buy two centre backs in the Campbell mode, like a Cahill, or a Shawcross, yes I can hear you all saying what??? But that’s what we need, a couple of playground bullies that will worry forwards, not a pair of good footballers like we currently have. I’m not suggesting Shawcross, I’m saying, like a Shawcross.
If we had Buffon in goal, or Hart, the defence will feel confident and that will have a knock on effect through the team, if we have Vermaelen and Song in the midfield then we have a barrier that few will pass. Diaby is a luxury player, one that can either turn a game or go missing, trouble is I’m not sure what one we get and I believe the team feels the same way.
Either way we must get rid of the two keepers, they are costing us and everyone I know feels the same way. Wenger, please listen, you must see they are just not good enough.
We need an out and out goalscorer up front, like a Drogba, but that won’t happen, maybe a cheeky bid for Benzema would do it, then we could sell Eduardo and possibly Vela. Nikki B will make it one day, but not yet and we will need 4 strikers, we always have injuries and next season will be no different to this.
Some will say Benzema hasn’t done it at Real, but he hasn’t had a run, and he will score a lot of goals in the right team, don’t forget last season he was a £40million striker.
I think it’s time to give up on Theo as a winger, he isn’t, he’s a Michael Owen type, a striker, an inside forward and he should be used as one, he is wasted on the wing and he can’t defend.
So that brings me on to the wing, Sagna and Clichy are shocking crossers, with Chamakh we need crossers of the ball, so a winger or two is what we need. Who? I don’t know, SWP maybe, but he is 29 and for me that’s too old.
Time to bring Wilshere back and play him, where? Again I don’t know, but not to have a talent like him in the side is just stupid.
Denilson needs to go, why? Because he is just not good enough, Eastmond is way better already.
So I would say goodbye to Almunia, Fabianski, Gallas, Silvestre and Denilson, I would put Diaby in the last chance saloon and if he won’t try Vermaelen in the midfield then buy someone, now whether that’s a Melo or and Inler, I don’t care, but we need someone in there who’s name doesn’t end in son.
Today the rumour mill is in full flow, Chamakh will arrive on June 1st, so there has to be another that will arrive before the world cup, my guess is it’s Melo.
If we don’t get in some class, the spuds will, the chavs will and both manc teams will, if we don’t watch it, we’ll slide down the table next year, be warned Arsene, you are also in the last chance saloon.
Have a great day Grovers, at least we finished above the spuds!