Not much of a match report from me today, Alex might steam in with one later, but I missed the game yesterday because of a ticket cock up. Some trickster took my ticket out of my wallet thus meaning I couldn’t get into the ground. Then the ticket office couldn’t print me a spare because I didn’t have photo idea nor was I the name on the ticket. What a nightmare. Hopefully we’ll get to the point in the next ten years where we can have our tickets on our mobile phones. Surely that’s the future…?
Anyway, I did get to the Junction Pub to watch the game. It was a bit of a flat one really. We went one up after a good header from Giroud (too few of those this year).
The bigger story was around the players that were going to leave. Wenger gave Kimmy a run as well and Thomas Vermaelen. Both will be off this summer, as I’m sure Sagna will be. Very disappointing on the right back. I’m also sad that Vermaelen seems to have regressed over the past few years. He had all the ingredients to be a great. Fitness mismanagement, the emergence of an excellent partnership in Per and Koscielny combined with zero trust put paid to his career. He’ll go onto a good club and he’ll do well. Still think he could have been converted to a DM. If Bayern can do it with Lahm and Everton can do it with Baines, why not TV?
We could debate it all day. But I won’t, because it’s clear I’m right. Save your words.
In other news, Wenger sat down with Geoff Shreeves to talk about the season. It’s an interesting video, take a watch.
He’s keen to communicate that he is analysing the injury problems. So it’s on his radar. It felt like maybe the penny has dropped and that maybe, just maybe, the pile up has something to do with his approach to many things.
He’s in total denial about the quality of his squad. He thinks it’s an illusion to think that better players and a deeper squad would help things.
Wenger thinks that criticism of him is emotional, not rational.
He’s a compelling talker, the problem is, he talks the talk… then he doesn’t deliver. Chances are, we’ll have the same issues next season. Why? Because sorting out the players fitness will impact his staff and the way he manages his teams. He doesn’t like rotating players and he likes to do things his way. By tackling the issues, he’ll have to change.
We’ll see though. If he’s serious about analysing what he’s up to and he’s mature enough to admit he needs to change, who knows what could happen.
The season hasn’t panned out how we wanted it to, but we’ve had some great times. I’ve met some great people along the way, made new friends, gained new readers and hopefully given you something to think about everyday… even if it is just the fact that Becks Vier is a fraudulent beer.
Summer ain’t gonna be the same without Arsenal…