Today we take on the MIGHTY Crystal Palace under the powerful management of Alan Pardew.
At the start of the season, we were all hailing the powerhouse play of the Englishman’s side. It wasn’t exactly tika taka but it certainly was an impressive show of what you can do with limited players who can push people over and run fast.
Things were going great for Alan… but, you kind of sensed it’d always go the way it does for him. He’s not the sharpest, and I always feel you need smart managers to do well in the best league in the world. His team now sit 15th in the form table (16th overall)… laughable you might say, yes, laughable until you realise we sit 10th in the form table.
I’ll give you a second to pick up the cornflakes you just spat across the room.
Now, the pressure is kind of off, as I write Leicester are winning 1-0… there’s a glimmer of hope for Spurs as Vardy has just been sent off and now misses the Swansea game. But it’s feeling like it’s done. For us, at least, it is…
So what is today for? Pride. Pride and toppling Spurs. Which I still feel we’re more than capable of taking care of. Also, not just pride, 3rd place at the very least. Manchester City are heading back into exciting form just at the wrong part of the season for us. They blitzed Chelsea 3-0 yesterday and they are more than capable of winning all their games to the end of the season. Imagine that, after leading the table at Christmas, heading back to our usual position of top 4.
It’d be so sad.
What makes me the opposite of sad are the stories that Theo Walcott is rumoured to be considering his future this summer. Give me an ABOUT FRICKING TIME LAD. He’s not pleased sitting on the bench. ABT (anyone but Theo) is the feeling most have about him in the starting line up… for me, even when I see him warming up on the bench for 12 minutes of tepid effort.
He’s an Everton player, the same as Aaron Lennon. He should go there, get 12 goals a season and be happy. He’s not an Arsenal player, he’s not smart enough on the wing, not good enough to play through the middle. He’s too one-dimensional and he doesn’t have the spirit you want from elite players.
Finally, before I go. The Arsene apologists are up in arms at some of the comments I’ve made about the Arsene problem over the last few weeks. The way the counter that is digging up old articles and laughing at them when they’re wrong… sometimes things I penned 6 years ago. I just want to say, that I don’t write to be right. Not every word I’ve uttered over 3500 posts is going to be accurate. I’ve had plenty of Park Chu-Young’s in my time. The point of the blog is to offer fresh thinking and new ways to look at things. If you’re not contributing to the debate, you’re contributing to the malaise, which, let’s be honest, plenty of blogs and ‘superfans’ out there have been guilty of over the 8 years.
Anyway, it doesn’t matter what I think… what matters is Arsenal. What matters is a better Arsenal. It’s pretty clear what needs to happen to make that work. Which destroys the hopefully narrative people have been championing for years.
Leicester clinch a draw from the brink of loss… PHEW!
ENJOY THE GAME TODAY!