So, a bit of a crap result yesterday, but in my eyes, plenty of food for thought.
So here it goes.
I made the stupid mistake of saying:
‘You know what, Eboue could work well in the holding role… he is fast, he has a good touch and he defends well’
Why did I say that? Blogger Geoff barracked me the whole game after that… His touch was great, but it is clear he can’t pass, he can’t cross and he certainly can’t release the ball with any sort of haste. What was frustrating yesterday is that he was clearly having a bad game but the play was still all going through him…
Denilson backed up my assertions that he is not ready to take a permanent residence in the central midfield role. If that position was up for grabs, I would have spent the summer bulking up… Denilson clearly didn’t fancy that and as a result, I don’t think he’ll be ready this year. Can anyone tell me what he does? PLEASE!
Gibbs will make a great understudy to Clichy… he didn’t stand out yesterday, but he did everything that was asked of him. The same cannot be said of Hoyte, I am not a big fan of the North London boy and yesterday was just more of last season again.
Samir Nasri is going to take a while to bed in… he look out of his depth yesterday, so don’t expect miracles from him this year people.
Adebayor has got a new song, every time he gets the ball, the fans shout ‘Kannnnuuuuuu’… or was that Boooo? I was a bit shocked by it really… you don’t expect the mexican wave brigade to get on a players back… but if they are doing it, it means that the majority of fans have not forgiven him. I’ll no doubt be reading other sites slating the ‘plastic fans’ for doing that… but let me tell them, they forked out to see that match yesterday… plastic fans they are not.
The last of what I didn’t like… Lansburys hair cut. I am 24… I think that qualifies me to still be ‘down with the kids’… So I am going to say that hair cut is attention seeking and it makes us all think you are going to be another Bentley… Shave it off Henri!
Now onto what I liked…
Rambo… he was good. I like his touch, I like the fact that he has a shot and I like the fact he is quite big for a kid. He held his own against an experienced team. The boy Jack also played well, Geoff described him as a mini Hleb with a shot… he is kind of pug faced as well… he has a look on his face like he is about to miss a bus or something? Great volley over the shoulder in the first half though…
JD and Willy G looked solid when they partnered up… it looks like there is future for our Swiss bridesmaid… he is massive, solid and he played well yesterday.
Nikki B played well again… I love his touch, vision and his overall team play. If he doesn’t have the ball, he drops deep and links in with players. He is quite the contrast to Adebayor and it was good to see him get another run out for the firsts.
Diaby looked every inch our new CM yesterday… he tracked back when required, he showed skill and class on the ball and he cut out the sloppy play of last season out. I am confident that if he can stay fit, he will do well for us this year. If I were a betting man, I’d say our new midfielder is going to be one who can play accross the whole midfield (not just the middle)… that is why Barry is appealing I guess.
So overall, we played in the Arsenal way. The second half was a little bit better than the first, and Juventus got away with a poor lino decision. Don’t read to much into the result and look to the postives… today I have no doubt the big guns will be unleashed and we’ll see a more clinical beast and get a better insight into what Wenger is going to do this year!
Oh… did anyone wonder why we didn’t bit for Chillieni last year? That is the beast defender I was talking about at the start of the summer!
Happy blogging Grovers, enjoy the game!