Great news to kick start our week, Hector Bellerin has penned a new £120k per week deal to stay at the club. That’s superb, he’s the best right back in the league for me and he’s still only a kid. Committed, hardworking, a wonder to watch moving forward and a pretty fine defender considering his age.
Things are looking up…
Thoughts on the United game?
Topline, 2 points from 6 against Spurs and United isn’t the worst. If you’re looking at average points per game across our November month, to improve on our usual pitiful return is a good thing. It was also exciting to see Chamberlain come on and turn a game with a beautiful cross, buried by Giroud who is an excellent plan b / impact player.
What wasn’t great about the last two big games we’ve played is Wenger really hasn’t gone for the jugular. We’re looking at Spurs and United on paper, rather than with context. Spurs were coming off the back of a tough midweek game and we bottled our starting 11, United have been chronically bad all season and we let them run the midfield by making a bland selection of Coquelin and Elneney, and making the decision to play Aaron Ramsey out on the left…
Wenger needs to get his shit together with our midfield. If he doesn’t want to play Ramsey through the middle, sell him and buy a player who can play on the right or left. His team selection is almost childlike at times, he’s looking at a menu and ordering 3 desserts. He doesn’t know how to work all his favourite pieces in to a functioning system, so he just plays them anyway.
Also, I still don’t understand how he can’t see that Xhaka is his best defensive midfielder. To buy a player of that calibre and then tell him he’s more of a B2B makes no sense. To not at least try him with Ramsey through the middle, when on paper, that looks to have devastating potential fills me with sadness. Also look at the impact it’s having on Ozil… zero key passes in a major game? Not good enough, but a familiar pattern for the German this season (compared with king stats last year).
As someone pointed out yesterday, if the manager feels that Aaron / Xhaka midfield would lack discipline… give the boys some instructions. Also, don’t know how we’ve landed on the narrative that Xhaka lacks discipline… he spent a number of years under Lucian Favre, one of the worlds smarted tacticians. The boy has been raised on discipline. Sure, Aaron hasn’t, but just tell him the deal, if he deviates, give him the hairdryer and drop him. He’d get that if he went to any club that had a modern manager.
I just don’t understand how Wenger can go from having no defensive instincts before Coquelin, floating Alex Iniesta as a great player, to being chained to a midfield combo that doesn’t work becaue it’s too unambitious. Maddening…
But, in three years time, when he works out the best solution, we’ll all praise him for having vision. Like the Sanchez move to a central role people were calling right from the start has now somehow turned into a genius move.
Anyway, enough grumbling. Those two points will look very good if we can smash Bournemouth and then hopefully the same banter bus that is West Ham (you know that has banana skin written all over it).
Right, over and out. See you in the morning.