Hello Arsenal fan, and a pleasant greeting to all naysayers.
It has been an interesting season start thus far. And by interesting I mean painful in the way a root canal without anaesthesia might be. Or maybe like iron filings in your eye. Put it in your list of experiences you want to scrub free from your mind.
We drew Newcastle (try not to think about the 4-all draw last season when you read that), took 2 in the Emirates from the Kops, and you know how that game in Old Trafford went last Sunday. If you’re like me, you’ve been trolling the blogs licking up every signing and rumor of signings.
The most sober reads on the Sunday’s match for me have been Arseblog’s stuff. Check out http://arseblog.com/2011/08/inviting-italians-murderous-mancs/ (I so envy Tim’s Italian travails) and http://arseblog.com/2011/08/man-utd-8-2-arsenal-shambles/. What can I say about the visit to MU that these guys haven’t aptly said?
One. Wojciech Szczęsny, trust your wall. Please. I beg you. When your wall is covering the right side of the goal… you should concentrate on the left side. It’s simple really. This is indicative of a deeper issue within the team. The guys aren’t trusting each other to do their jobs. Which is understandable, because it’s like taking a bunch of engineers fresh out of Grad school and signing them up to pilot a rocket. You know they are smart and capable, but the question is would you trust a bunch of newbies with a $38 billion-dollar craft? The answer is no. Let’s say there were guys like Vieira and Pires in the wall. You know where Szczęsny would have been? On the left side. That’s going to be hard to inculcate.
Two. You know how people think of ManU and Sir Alex Fergurson as one and the same? It’s the same for me with AFC and Wenger. I cannot imagine another coach for the team. Nor am I interested in imagining that day. Yes, somewhere someone is saying this is ridiculous and other less- palatable words. But it feels like the current issue is more of the board liking to count 90 million in the bank more than Wenger has lost the plot. Granted, I think he lost the plot a bit. Let’s say, a couple chapters in the middle. Because last season (like any good skim reader) the guys looked out of sorts at times but occasionally deduced the storyline enough to grind out an end result (read: draw). On the other hand, the board’s penchant for money-counting means Wenger has to be a most excellent, creative writer for us to win anything, or look respectable. So I say, make the last few hours count, let’s see how the Swansea game goes, then talk about Wenger’s capabilities.
Three. My greatest grouse last season was not that we did not win BPL. Nor was it the Carling Final (although, honestly, this is a pretty close second). It was the fact that Chelsea finished above us. Chelsea, you know. Steups. That’s not going to cut it this season at all.
I’m glad we got this drubbing now, and not mid season. This way we can begin the “difficult” task of spending profits on players. And avoid the embarrassing slum that was the latter half of last season after the Carling fiasco. So as not to completely depress you Gooners out there, I offer you this throwback and suggest you get a tissue handy. Seeing Titi and Bergkamp in 03/04 may make you emotional 🙂
The Invincibles 03/04
Goals 03/04 – Loving someone’s comment on this one: “They should make an Arsenal Invincibles team on FIFA put them next to the Classic and World 11“