Good morning Grovers!
The no sh*t Sherlock award goes to me today for telling you that Almunia isn’t injured.
If he were to be sacked right now, I doubt he’d even get incapacity benefit. My worry for him is who is going to buy him in January? He hasn’t exactly showered himself in glory over the past year has he?
So, shall we talk about Fabianski? Once called the worst keeper in Premiership history by err, me? Now being spoken of as a closet case. Yep, a closet world class keeper!
Steady on I say…
There have obviously been a lot of excited people in the comments section as there often is after a super victory against a rival. Many are talking up the Pole including Arsenal.com. Now, we told you here a few weeks ago that Fabianski is out of this world in training, he just doesn’t have the nerve when he’s on the pitch. Now, as fast as the confidence can rise, it can plummet. I’m pretty sure people were crowing on here about how great Almunia had been early on in the season, that didn’t last long did it?
I’d love him to shake off his howler demons. Like I’ve said many times before, Almunia has never made saves of the calibre we saw the other night. Fabianski has superb agility, fantastic kicking and he can pull off incredible saves. What he doesn’t have yet is the mental capacity to deal with pressure. I’m hoping that will develop over the next month and he can toughen up. If he does, we might not need to suffer the indignity of buying up a 38 year old keeper in January.
A lot of conversation has been had around our new crazy formation. Song is a mystery to many, not in the ability sense so much anymore but in the role he is being asked to play. Wenger sees him as a centre back, but he’s playing him in a more marauding role. Against City, Denilson played deeper and it could be argued that Jack has been taking up a deeper position when he plays with Song.
So is Alex being asked to play there to press the opposition in their own half? Is he being asked to play there to create confusion for the opposition who struggle to understand who to mark? Or does Wenger want to force Song into becoming more of a rounded player role he is playing?
Hard to know, but one thing is for sure, I think Rambo has that position earmarked upon his return… we’ll have options coming out of our ears pretty soon. When Robin comes back into the team it’ll be interesting to see what the coach does with Chamakh, who has been superb since his introduction to the team
- 12 games
- 6 goals
- 4 assists
- 5 penalties won
- 4 red cards given for fouls against him
Personally, I can’t see how we can leave him on the bench, regardless of his injuries. So it’s going to be fascinating to see how he’ll integrate so many good attacking players when the time comes.
As revealed at the AGM, we’re going for all competitions this season. We’ve got the slightly inconsistent Newcastle to contend with. They combine grit with a bit of class and they’ve much power throughout the squad. In fact, I hear there is an 18 year old girl who can testify to that. We’ll be mixing youth with experienced pros so although I don’t expect it to be a formality, I do expect we’ll turn them over. It’s an away game and hopefully the kids will put on a show in a hostile atmosphere.
We’ll get the chance to see Nik B start a game, we’ll hopefully see Theo Walcott demonstrate to us what we’ve been missing for two months and we’ll get to see Koscielny back in the team after a mini lay off.
Eboue Djourou Kozzer Gibbs
Lansbury Denilson Rosicky
Walcott Bendtner JET
Finally, before I leave you, I was thinking about the NPO. You know, the New Prem Order that appears to be emerging this season. Liverpool have fallen away along with Villa / Everton and in my opinion, possibly United. We can’t rule the reds out totally this year, but the days of big spending are probably behind them and hopefully Rooney will kill them when he leaves.
So that leaves the New Prem Order of Arsenal, Manchester City, Chelsea and quite possibly Spurs. I personally think Arsenal are in great shape regardless of the fair play rules. I’d rather put my money into an off plan Spanish Villa than put £1.2billion into United. People can talk about how great they are as a club, but I’m doubtful any Sheikh is mad enough to give the Glazer’s £400million profit on top of the £150million they’ll need to replace key staff. Forget the propaganda you hear on SSN, United are on the slide and it’ll be a pleasure watching the slow and painful fall from grace.
What do you think?
Let your voice be heard in the comments!
P.S. Our resident stato Ray Gooner prepared a mini league of how we’ve faired against United and Chelsea since Wenger has been in charge.
Arsenal 84 31 23 30 109-117 117
Man Utd 83 28 28 27 104-102 112
Chelsea 83 26 29 28 115-109 107