So I’m back from my blog break with a post that talks about Alex Song and explains why I am for the first time praising him and his efforts. I wouldn’t go so far as to say I’m eating humble pie yet because he gets paid a lot to do a job, against West ham he earned his salary, so well done Alex, now that’s what I expect from every Arsenal player, not a big pat on the back every time he passes to a player in red and white or scores a goal, but he showed passion and grit and he threw himself at the Clichy pass to gain us a victory and keep us in the hunt, that’s all I ever asked for.
I will be a lot happier when we have Jack and Aaron Ramsey back, you see all I ever thought our DM’s needed was competition, and now they have it, so at last we have options, still not convinced with Denilson and Diaby though, but Fabianski is at last losing the howlers associated with his game, and that I’m sure is because Chezzer is breathing down his neck, same with Djourou, Squillaci and Kozzer, they all know there are players to replace them and that is good news indeed.
All we need now is someone to tell the boss that we don’t have to wait until the 67th minute to make changes, no one will turn into a Pumpkin if we change players when we need to.
West Ham came to defend, but they are like many who will do that, look at Bolton yesterday, we need to mix it up a bit earlier, the difference Theo and Nikki B made on Saturday was massive, we were keeping possession and giving it a rip but we only started to make inroads when we had a change up.
I like the look of this squad, I still think we needed a couple of players in the summer, but maybe the rivalry between Chezzer and Fabianski will shore us up at the back, Diaby has one great game, 2 crap ones and then gets injured, I’m not sure we can rely on that this season, I hope he comes good soon, because I think he has immense talent, but for me Denilson and Diaby are the weak points in this team. Yes I know I’ve said that about Song, but how long do we wait? Having a weak link in the side is okay, having 3 or 4 is not, look at how Jack has hit the ground running, that’s what we need.
Great to see Sagna and Clichy crossing the ball successfully and indeed the ball from Clichy clinched it against the Hammers. Bob Wilson alluded to the fact we bid for Reina in the summer, so another player we bid for but didn’t get, thanks Bob! I would like to see us going for Schweinsteiger, he would be a good signing, maybe a swap for Diaby and Denilson would be a good move?
Big game coming up this week, a point there would get us through, but 3 points should win the group, then we could field a Carling cup side and have a stronger side for that Cup. I expect Wilshere to be back for that one (ECL), but I wouldn’t want to see Eastmond, he didn’t do it for me, Denilson would be a better option or even Lansbury, it’s a shame with all our players we don’t seem to have too many DM’s
I believe our centrebacks are getting better and we still have Vermaelen to return so I feel comfortable there, I reckon we have seen the last of Almunia as I don’t believe he’s injured, and we all know we can’t believe the manager when it comes to injuries as he already admitted he tells porkies to protect players, I saw enough of Chezzer to want more though. He will be the chosen one.
So the area I would look to buy in is DM, or on the wing, or somewhere in between the two, and with the skillful German saying he wants to play in the EPL we should go forth and offer players, we have them and he wants out, could be what we need to slip over the line and win all 4 trophies this season, we have the squad, and they will only get better.
The last word should go to Song, Alex, you are starting to win me over, keep it up though, you aren’t there yet, but the pie is on the table and beginning to smell good, and I hope I end up eating it, I am after all an Arsenal fan, your call.
Have a great day grovers, we could win our group and close the gap to 2 points this weekend if the scousers do their job!