So Arsenal v Manchester City after a frustrating weekend. To be honest it doesn’t feel like a David v Goliath situation at all, maybe it never was. Some people view Arsenal as a weak team and City as a strong one. I have news for you, within the weak team are strong elements and within the strong team are weak elements.
Thank God the boring two
months weeks of international football are finally over. I won’t even talk about the much hyped England v Spain game where the only surprise was the result. The rest are things even a four year old, who isn’t into football, could predict that Spain has Barca DNA and that England can hit the ball real hard.
There is every reason for any Gunner to look forward to this weekend’s fixture. One thing could happen, Chelsea could lose to Liverpool and the Gunners win. We could be one big happy family at no. 5 tying with 22 points each with Spurs and Newcastle tying at 25 points, just 3 points away assuming the latter loses to Manchester City.
Arsenal’s had a miserable start to the season, which included the 8-2 humilation to the red devils, the loss to the kops, the north London defeat to spurs and the shock defeat to the relegation embattled Blackburn. Gooner wishes were far from winning a major trophy, but a top four finish emanciated as the priority with Arsene confirming that in some of his interviews. The context for these could not be far-fetched with arsenal losing their key players.
I’ve been reading articles on how good the Man City team is performing and how good their squad is. A certain website [Talkshite] even went to the extent of comparing their squad with our invincibles. Ridiculous I must say !
Although the truth is that Man City really are performing at the top level and as they say, they really are the team to beat this season. So can the Gunners overcome this heavily loaded Man City team? Both in the Carling Cup and the League? Well honestly no one can predict what will happen in a game or what cannot, but I have analysed the 3 games were City dropped points…against Fulham in the League and against Napoli and Bayern in the Champions League. Here are my few observations and suggestions :-
I read an article recently suggesting that the current Man Shitty squad is better than the Arsenal invincibles of 2003/04. Now we are currently only 11 games into the current season even so they have decided to compare that squad with best squad ever assembled the invincibles and to be honest it was a shocking read so I thought I would go through it and pick some very big holes in their assessment of the two squads.
Lehmann vs Hart:
Manchester City ran out 4-0 winners against Premier League newcomers Swansea City with two goals by Sergio Aguero and one by Dzeko to give the Blues all three points. Manchester City paid £38 million for the Argentinian striker and though it’s only one game, he certainly seems to have the potential to make an impact for City.
City beat Arsenal to 3rd place last season and are now surely strong contenders for the Premier League trophy. We know that the club have practically unlimited money to spend but Arsenal have enough to make similar signings.
Arsenal’s activity or inactivity in this transfer window, as in the last seasons, has come under intense media speculation in recent times. So much so that we have become the joke of the football industry now. But people seem to have overlooked our rivals’ inactivity in the market too. So lets just distract ourselves from all that’s going on around us and have a look around.
Players in: 0
Players out: Michael Mancienne (Hamburg, £3m), Jeffrey Bruma (Hamburg, undisclosed), Jack Cork (Southampton, £750k), Danny Philliskirk (Sheffield United, free), Jan Sebek, Bobby Devyne, Anton Rodgers, Ben Sampayo, Carl Magnay, Michael Woods (all released). Jacopo Sala (Hamburg, undisclosed); Gokhan Tore (Hamburg, undisclosed), Sam Hutchinson (released); Carl Magnay (released); Sam Walker(Northampton, loan)