Embarrassment – Undefined and Unimaginable by Ankit
This is not the first time and definitely not the last time. Being defeated is not something which is demoralising but the manner in which it happened….was damn embarrassing. If we play like this against ManUre, we would be battered again.
People may say the whole team was rubbish yesterday but there are specific individuals who deserve special mention, namely Ramsey, Giroud, Santos and Gervinho.
Let me first take you back to last season. Remember games against Norwich- both away and home….at Carrow Road the result was 2-1 to Arsenal and at the Emirates it was 3-3. Both were close games. I hate to admit it but van Pricey saved the day for us at Carrow Road last season when we were down by one goal at half time there. Again at home, when we really needed to win against the Canaries to seal our CL qualification, we threw away a two goal lead like anything.
Now moving to the performance of the gifted people mentioned above. Aaron Ramsey. Lot has been said about him during last season and in last 24 hrs.’ on various forums, social media sites etc. My only issue is why people do not criticize him when we win? He is nowhere a player deserving to be playing for a club of Arsenal’s stature. He constantly gives the ball away, passes the ball sideways too often instead of taking it forward, and he’s damn selfish. Don’t agree with me? ….see the game against Citeh and even yesterday’s game. For ten games, he is utter rubbish and for one game he is what one expects of him to be! Out comes the saviour bandwagon talking about his horrifying past with the plea “Give him time, he will improve” or “One for the future”. Seriously, people who take this plea should either change their view or tell me where he has improved? Wilshere will walk into the team on his place. High time, get him back to reserves and give an opportunity to Thomas Eisfeld who may work nicely as an impact substitute.
In one of my earlier articles, I had pointed out how this season could be litmus test for our left back Gibbs. I am glad that his performances so far have been exceptional for us. His injury, in fact has shown us his value to the team. Andre Santos says that competition with Gibbs has improved him as a player. I believe he is joking. There is no competition. People say that the goal against Norwich conceded was Mannone’s fault. Look what Santos did; he was the one who played Holt on-side. The shot by Tetty was not an easy one but Mannone did well to stop it as it changed its direction at the very last moment.
It is pretty much evident that Santos is better suited to left midfield position rather than LB position as he is just poor defender. Santos is 29yrs of age and his chances of improving on LB position are not looking good. I would rather have Vermaelen on LB and Koscielny & the Giant as Centre Backs. By the way, Gibbs will be back for the game against QPR.
8 games have been completed, month of October is coming to an end and it’s not looking good for Oliver Giroud. One goal in a rout over Coventry City and a great goal against the Hammers is all he has to show. The number of goals is not what one should be worried about, but his movement in and around the box is really worrying. At least for the moment, it seems that he is unable to link up with the midfield at all and neither read their passes. We do not play a system where headers play an important part but a system where swiftness across the pitch coupled with technical ability are emphasised. Even with the number of corners we had yesterday, not one was put to use by Giroud…so much so for his “Aerial Threat”. Giroud, at least for the moment, doesn’t seem something extravagant and is not blending in the Arsenal way of life. Still can’t believe we have only one recognised Centre Forward.
The curious case of Gervais Lombe Yao Kouassi (Gervinho). Why was he shifted back to wings from CF, can’t understand. He looked much better with his movement at the top when compared with him at the wings. After all the work he does, his final touch is just tosh & the times he loses possession when attacking near the D is mind boggling, not to mention…irritating. We have no option or solution to that problem.
Since our forward line don’t seem penetrative enough, majority of teams will just sit back in their half and wait for the mistake from us. Sunderland, Stoke did take their chances but Norwich capitalised. Not to mention, QPR will be no different. Zamora & Cisse will be a pain (if they play) like last season. As it is Zamora loves playing against us.
Schalke defeated Borussia Dortmund as we were defeated by Norwich. Chamberlain and Walcott are both out now of that game. A win will sedate the negativity for the time being. It will be interesting to see the team which faces Schalke. Gnabry, I believe would be definitely there now.
Arsenal need to pull up their socks, if they want to play in Europe next season.
Media is going nuts about our move for Adrian Lopez, come January. He is WINGER who CAN play across the forward line. Believe we need a specialist WHO WILL and not somebody WHO CAN.
Question for debate: Adrian Lopez will be better served as Theo’s replacement or as a Centre Forward? We need a CF – no not Fernando Llorente but somebody like Roberto Soldado, technical and always at the right place at the right time.
Hope for the best from the next game
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