Yesterday was eventful eh? Liverpool failed to gain any traction after squaring the game against Everton. Suarez cruelly denied a perfectly legal goal right at the death. Shoddy refereeing costs clubs seasons and managers jobs. It’s unbelievable that in one of the most well funded games on the planet, we’re still relying on the naked eye to make the correct decision in the fastest league on the planet.
In the later game, United took on Chelsea and suffered similar refereeing problems. Fernando Torres was sent off for diving. Then Chicarito snatched the game with a goal that was clearly offside. I don’t really feel for Torres and I actually agree with Ferguson on the issue. The Spaniard was not touched with enough force to go down. He was in fact looking to get Evans sent off. So I can’t empathise. For me a foul in football should be proper contact.
‘Was that enough to knock a 13 stone athlete to the floor?’
… should be the only question the ref needs to ask.
What did make me feel pig sick was watching Robin Van Persie have another storming game. Everything good that happens at United goes through him. He scored one, set Ashley Young off for the first sending off then he fired the shot that started the move for United’s final goal. It’s so disappointing we let him go to a rival. Even worse that we have to take on the rival next weekend off the back of some very poor form.
It’s going to be very tough up at United. I hope Wenger looks at the side that he put out against QPR and makes some objective decisions based on form and positional familiarity. Aaron Ramsey is not giving us any balance out wide. He doesn’t have the pace or the control to make things happen. If we’re so insistent on putting anyone but Theo on the right, why not put Jenksinson there? He can take the ball past players, he has bundles of pace and he’s probably the best crosser of a ball at the club. Or better still, why not just put Theo in there? The sulking over the contract thing is doing the club no favours at the moment. It was fine at the start when he could put a number of more in form players in his place, but now Wenger is cutting his nose off to spite 50,000 Gooners every week.
Jack Wilshere made a huge difference in the middle of the park at the weekend. His link up play was superb and ability to craft out space for himself and others all over the pitch was a pleasure to watch. He was visibly tired. It’s a shame he hasn’t had a few more weeks to get back to full fitness because we could really do with a ninety minute Jack for such a big game. Cazorla has looked a little lost over the last few games. I can’t work out whether that’s because he’s knackered, or whether it’s a dip in form from the the rest of the team. We only really started playing in the last 20 minutes at the weekend. It’s no surprise that came about when we injected a bit of pace into our passing and on the ground level.
I thought Giroud looked promising. He still hasn’t found his feet at the club, but for me, it’s more the other way round. The club haven’t worked out where his feet are. We’re still trying to play a system built around Robin Van Persie. Giroud is not a Robin. He’s a traditional box striker. He looks like a player who thrives of crosses, low or high. He plays well when people run off his flicks and he has pretty good movement for a big man. We started seeing evidence of that against QPR. Once his confidence builds, he’ll be getting on the end of more of those chances and I think we’ll have a really useful striker on our hands. We still need to inject some pace into our forward line. We have nothing off the bench which is alarming considering we’ve just lost Gervinho for what looks like a long period. Not that he was anything exceptional, but he’s useful on occasion.
Tomorrow night we play Reading in the Capital One Cup. I’m expecting a fairly experienced side to land a run out. Andrey Arshavin, Frimpong and Gnabry should get a run out. I hope he doesn’t use the game to play Chamakh, Squillaci or anyone else of ‘I’m staying because the contract is so good’ nature. The game was pretty cheap from what I understand and we picked up a fair few tickets so it should be a pretty good day out for the away fans and possibly a chance for a load of Gooners to experience their first taste of an away match. I hope the win is a formality. I hope that Martinez, our Argentinian keeper who looks like Fabianski from distance, has such a good game Wenger has to seriously consider giving him more chances whilst Chezzer is out.
Talking of injured players. What’s the deal here? Chezzer disappears and doesn’t come back for months (though he is rumoured to be returning for the weekend), Diaby is ruled out for three weeks, still no news… and Rosicky is also still out. I know this happens every year, but honestly, the frustration of it all never lessens. I’d love to think Arsene will do something about it this summer, but sure as eggs are eggs, he’ll keep on counting on him for that one time when he’s good for 50 games. Quite ridiculous really.
Finally, there was an article over at Goonertalk about Stan Kroenke being majorly disappointed with Arsenal. The article goes on to say he won’t invest until we improve. I can’t see where that info has come from. It doesn’t even make sense. You invest to improve, it doesn’t work the other way round. If you wanted to read some more about Stan and his American sporting enterprises (link), take a sharp breath before opening the link.
‘And then there’s his perennially underachieving St. Louis Rams’
That line doesn’t tie in nicely with Stan’s take on what he’s all about…
‘The reason I am involved in sport is to win. It’s what it’s all about. Everything else is a footnote.’
Unless winning is buying an asset and increasing it’s value year on year without investing any money?
His NFL team were spanked by the way…
Anyway, that’s your lot for today, see you in the comments!