So its rant time.
I’ve had some time to think over how I am going to approach this match report, and this is how… with anger.
Well, I don’t get to write for this site that often. I just do the match reports. So when I write, I like to write about nice things… and the last 4 times I’ve had to write about the Premier League its been horrible. I shouldn’t be writing about our 4th draw in a row this late in the year?
Listen, I could sit here and tell you everything is going to be ok… its just a blip… Adebayor is king of the world because he has scored 21 goals, Arsene Wenger is the Patron Saint of Football and Barcelona really are interested in Eboue…
But I’d be lying. This isn’t Disney World, but there were a few Mickey mouse things going on at the Grove yesterday (I am so sorry for doing that).
Having your mid season blip is ok when its mid season. You shouldn’t be having your blip with 10 games to go. This is the point in the race where you can see the finish line, the point you step it up a gear but Arsenal don’t seem to be able to get the car out of reverse.
Its not through a lack of trying though, Gallas was racing up field last night trying to make things happen, Toure popped up with a goal, Sagna tried to run it through the team and Clichy seems to be getting closer and closer to getting a shot on target.
In the middle of the park things don’t seem to be happening do they?
Think back to yesterdays game and ask yourself this… how many shots can you remember coming from midfield? How many distance shots came from our players? I can’t remember many? Its like we don’t trust ourselves with shooting again, we’ve reverted back to last season… threading the ball through the eye of a needle.
I felt sorry for Robin, he looked really up for it but he was rusty yesterday…
Adebayor… tut tut tut.
Shoot me down if you will, I don’t care.
He was poor yesterday. Yes, he has scored 20 goals this season, and for that I must be forever in his debt and never criticise.
Marcus Stewart scored 20 goals in the premiership.
That was unfair, but I am just making the point that goals don’t make you a great player unless you do it consistently over a number of years.
Look at Darren Bent.
If you want to talk about being World Class Ade, you must learn how to lay a ball off. Someone passes the ball to you, they make a run and I’d say 90% of the time the dug out receives the return pass… the other 10% the receiving player has to pull off some sort miracle touch to control it.
Stop huffing and puffing Ade. People say you are acting like Thierry, I’d say its more Anelka because Thierry was World Class when he started all that… you are no where near that yet.
Am I wrong to expect him to at least run back onside when a play break downs?
I’m not saying he is a rubbish player, I am just saying he needs a kick up the ass because as much as his goals were saving us at the start of the year… now his misses are costing us.
I’m not going to bash him in a huge way today. I actually thought he started really well! He took it round a few player… had a shot on target… showed off some SKILL!
Then the diving / cheating started…
Why did he dive when the easier option was the cross? Why when he wasn’t awarded the first dive did he feel the need to dive even more? Why did someone come on here yesterday and defend him by saying he hit the bar… I think you forgot that it was mis hit cross that hit the bar!
Why did he foul a Boro’ player to win the corner that we subsequently scored from… I hate him… but for that, I loved him.
The ref was crap yesterday, he got the offside goal wrong for Ade. He had a perfect view of it and everyone could see that it was the Boro’ player who flicked it through to Ade.
He got Boro’s goal wrong because Aliadiere was interfering with play. If you run for the ball, then decide you don’t want to, you interfered. Simple as that
Oh, and a round of applause for Gareth Southgate. He looks like he has about 3 brain cells… how many times did the camera pan to him clapping his players quietly saying, ‘Push up’. It was embarrassing… especially as none of them were listening… they camped out across their own goal.
So we head into the final stretch of the season a bit lost, a bit low in confidence and a few points shy of United.
All I am going to say on Arsene Wenger is that this is a defining point in his philosophy.
Everyone has missed a big point with Arsene and his ways. Wenger’s ‘promote youth from within’ ideology has yet to bear any trophies, so if he goes this season without any silverware, maybe its time to look at how ManU, Chelsea and Real keep winning trophies.
No one will look back on how great our second place finishes were, or how much potential we had back in the noughties or how well we were run as a company.
People judge you on your trophies, and we are going to struggle to fill the cabinet now… its got to be a winning streak of miracle proportions if we are to turn this around.
Thanks for your responses yesterday, I enjoyed reading through them last night.
I only removed a few because I didn’t feel you’d benefit from reading them.
I don’t think people need to hear that Eboue is a world beater and I don’t think people need to read that Ade has scored 19 goals and people are cunts for criticising him.
I don’t think we are a negative blog, we just report how we are feeling… If you feel positive this morning, you are in a minority and I’d like to know where you are drawing your strength from?
If you want something positive to talk about this morning… here it is…
RVP DIDN’T GET INJURED!
So Mr Wenger, how are you going to get us out this mess now?