If there is one thing in life you can confidently predict, it’s that Arsene Wenger is predictable. No sooner had Henry left, is it now looking like he’ll be back again. We joked he’d probably be back and now, following the below gushing masterpiece on the Pravda website, it looks a near on certainty.
“Last year I did it because we lost Gervinho. It was a good connection. This year we lose Gervinho again as they are playing in the Africa Cup of Nations two years in a row.
“You know what he gives you. He gives you hope, especially when he comes on. That is the most important thing,”
“He is a communicator. An extrovert. Very intelligent. He can only give good advice to players because he was in their position when he arrived here.
Oh Arsene, why do you do it to yourself? Thierry is all those things. Without doubt. Gervinho is not and will never be. If you recognise those attributes in a striker long lost to the hands of time, why can’t your recognise them in a younger version?
The fact we’re calling on a veteran to rescue our season again after having the mirror issue last year smacks of poor management. Worst of all it smacks of penny pinching.
Still, I love Thierry, I’m sure he’ll slink in with a goal or two, but overall it’s a bad move for a club looking to progress. Mainly because he’ll have to leave after 6 weeks.
Wenger touched on the incumbent striker… particularly the reasons for his slow integration into goal scoring ways…
“There are many factors,”
“The first one is that I believe physically he worked very hard when he arrived here. The intensity of the games took a lot out of him.
“The second problem was a bit [to do with an] understanding with his partners.
“The third problem was level of confidence. When you come to a club like Arsenal, you’re surrounded by big names. It takes you a while to think ‘OK I belong in this world’ and he has shown that on that level he has gained a lot.”
Giroud is starting to look like a very good player. It’s a shame he doesn’t have bundles of pace, but actually, if you have that outwide, you’re not in the worst position. I think he’ll grow as the season powers on and in think he’s good for twenty goals if the team stays on track… and more importantly, he’s not run into the ground. He just has to work on getting a little more clinical. Overall though, I like his team ethic and the element of plan b he brings to our game.
There seems to be a lot of praise for Per happening on the site at the moment. Sure, I’ve always been a big fan, but the simple fact is, our defence is leaking goals at a frightening rate. We need to shut up shop before we start handing out lollipops and lambasting critics. If I were Arsene I’d be seriously looking at Rio Ferdinand next year. Someone needs to bring him back to London. He’d be a great 4th/5th choice for a year and maybe some of his success could rub off on the players. I also think we should give some serious thought to another top quality centre back this summer, if Thomas and Koscielny don’t buck up their ideas.
*Note: The difference between him and Thierry and Rio is he would sign for a full year and hasn’t been away in a lesser league.
Team news for the night is that Theo is out. A straight swap for Chambo sounds about right. Gibbs also finds himself back in the squad. His reintegration cannot happen soon enough!
We need a big game this evening. Some winning continuity is needed. Nothing bar 3 points will do. We can’t afford to be complacent especially after watching Chelsea lose last night. The wheels are really falling off over there eh?
Anyway, enjoy the match!