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Sometimes you need a crap opener to loosen the typing fingers.
Arsenal internet seems to be buzzing along, beating City for the first time since 1942 is a helluva salve for an international break.
David Raya is getting some just praise for his performance and some folk are going out of their way to put context on some of his passing statistics this season.
Basically, there’s a hipster movement that is slapping people down for getting angry at the passing of David Raya. Whilst I do consider myself as part of any Arsenal hipster movement, you can’t ignore the first half of David Raya against City, and you can’t ignore some of the errors we’ve seen over the past few weeks. He fucked up against Lens and he wasn’t great for the defence in the first half against City with some very loose decision-making.
He’s a new player, playing at a big club for the first time, learning the movements of much better players. He’s going to fuck up. It takes time to bed yourself in. There is such a lack of empathy for new talent. Not everyone can slip into a system as well as Declan Rice, but at the same time, not every player costs £105m.
David Raya, however you cut it, is a better keeper than Aaron Ramsdale. That’s why he’s #1.
Kai Havertz is in a similar boat – I think his second-half performance against City took the pressure off him a little. We know he’s decent. But I think a lot of people liked him as a #9 or maybe see his talents as a false 9.
Again, he’s learning a new position, at a new club, with a new coach who demands a lot of his players. What we all like about him is:
- He’s calm on the ball
- He offers a lot of control
- He works like a dog
- He offers us aerial power and a lot of aggression
We’re still waiting for him to bang, but the talent is there, and it doesn’t matter how much you dislike him, you can’t deny that we’re doing well with him in the side.
We’re 2 points better off than we were last season, we’ve conceded 2 fewer goals, and we’ve scored 2 less.
Not bad. We are on the March to a very good season.
Bukayo Saka went out to England camp, it was reported they were checking his injury. I’m not sure I totally believe that. Arsenal probably have pretty good relations with the Arsenal medics – because they have to. My guess is maybe Bukayo wanted to be around the squad. Most Premier League fans don’t like international football, but the players do. When you’re a big name, you want to be around your brothers in arms.
It’s also good news from an injury perspective. He’s fit enough to go to camp. If he had a big problem, he’d be sat on a sofa. My suspicions are that he’ll be ready after the break. We’ll need him, three games in a week, three that we need to win. Trossard returned from injury after a similar hamstring issue (that blew up against City).
The next batch of the season is going to be exciting. We’ll have bigger squad of players to choose from, players will feel more comfortable in the system, and there will be that bonding XP you get from a massive win.
Right, short one today, jump on our post.