Happy Monday to you all!
Sad news over the weekend. Long term Arsenal fan Ernie Crouch died after an accident on the way to an Arsenal game. The man was a big away fan and was still rocking the home games at 90 years old.
Can’t knock that sort of support. I’m not sure I’d still be going at that age!
Anyway, thoughts are with the family. Hopefully Arsene and the boys can do something this season and finish off his last season in style!
Our weekend was pretty much perfect. There’s been a lot of rumblings about Liverpool being title contenders this season, and look, many teams are if you look at the league… but, losing to Newcastle almost requires a concentrated effort in badness. I watched expecting to see Dortmund 2.0… but it wasn’t to be. Same old Liverpool, the pressing play wasn’t there, a lack of class in their players… disappointing result. I’d be very surprised if they’re pushing for Champions League come the end of the season.
So, who didn’t drop points?
Chelsea, Liverpool, United, Spurs and City did. The only team to take all 3 was Leicester. They have Everton, Liverpool, City and Chelsea coming up. If they’re still smashing teams after that and sitting pretty… we might have a title challenge on our hands. Chances are, the league will start taking shape after December.
We’re clearly still in the mixer. If we can get through December within touching distance, maybe we’ll make some smart moves in January that’ll help us kick on.
So many dreams. So many.
Robert Pires reckons we should sign Southampton wrecking ball Victor Wanyama.
“I have watched him play many times and, like all other African footballers, I wish him well.”
“He is a very good ambassador of Kenyan football and has done well in Southampton but I hope he signs for Arsenal in the future.”
He was speaking to Kenyan journalists, so part of you feels like this is similar to the ‘Harry, who did you support as a kid’
‘<insert my new club> man and boy’
I think Wanyama is a very good player. He’s given us problems before. I worry that Wenger will fuss over this cover position because he’s looking for destroyer + skillful playmaker. You need physicality in that role and you need the speed to move about the pitch. You don’t need perfection. Coquelin is not Wenger perfection, hence him not getting a game until an emergency. But there isn’t perfection in that role. Well, there was some in the summer… but January is about getting someone who is competent who can help now. Wanyama could do that.
I just pray he doesn’t do that thing where if he doesn’t get option A, he doesn’t get anyone.
Arsene Wenger says there is a serenity at Arsenal at the moment heading into the big game against the Greeks this week.
‘We have to go from the start and go for it. Most of the time, when we have been to Olympiacos, we have not had a lot to do because we had already qualified.
‘This time it is the opposite. The result at Monaco (last season) will help us but it is a different game and let’s see if we can get a result.”
This game makes me nervous. I mean, going for it, players on the edge of break down… jeez, I have the fear we’ll end up winning by one goal and picking up a bunch of injuries.
I mean, we should be able to make something happen. Giroud scored two in the last game, Aaron scored one which will make him happy and we have Theo and that pace coming back into a side that is being well supported by the masterful Ozil.
We should be taking this game. I just find the fragility of the squad a major worry.
Going out of the competition isn’t a disaster… going into the Europa League is. That’ll massively impact our ability to have fresh players because of the horrible Thursday night spot. So, keep em’ crossed we do it!
Right, I’m ducking out. Have a great day!