Sunday, 02 January 11, 11:03 PM · Comments (0)
By James Reuben (@jamesreuben)
A great win in Birmingham by the boys. Not that the Blues were any good, because they weren’t, but because we finally get a win at what has been seen as a relative ‘bogey’ ground, since the horrific Eduardo incident and Alumunia’s bird watching last season.
We didn’t quite play with the tempo we did vs Chelsea, but certainly more than on show at Wigan.RVP tried to go from hero to villain, getting involved and getting on the scoresheet, a terrible miss and a blatant handball. Cesc was always around and between him and Nana we were always going to get more. For me,I thought Jack played really well and I love what he brings to this team – persistence, determination, grit and ability. With Song playing the role of a proper DM I think we have found an excellent balance. If our new player Song Van Nasregashire performs coupled with on song AA23 and Theo, things look good for us.
So, the Transfer Window is now open and a load of rubbish starts to emanate from every possible angle around us.
I am pretty sure Wenger won’t buy anyone and because of this my stance on what will happen this season won’t change. We won’t win anything because we are frustratingly just a couple of players short of a winning squad. I think everyone knows this, except Arsene.
If we did go window shopping, who should we buy? I am not sure of who is available but I want us to bring in some real experience in key areas – all the way up and down our spine. If you look at our ‘spine’ as it stands – Almunia (don’t get me started), TV5 (where are you?), Cesc (injury prone and Barca bound) and RVP (not match sharp and once he is, will get injured) – I can’t get too excited.
All previous title winning teams had solid spines and we need to beef ours up pronto. Some good examples:
Seaman – Adams – Vieira – Anelka
Seaman – Campbell – Vieira – Henry
Cech – Terry – Lampard – Drogba
Schmeichel – Bruce – Keane – Cole
I hear Beckham could join the Spuds on loan. I would love him at Arsenal – not really because of what he would bring on the pitch but what he could bring off it – global commerciality, global recognition, and experience and guidance to our youthful squad. I am sure Wenger will cite his wages and the un-willingness to dislodge someone within the squad. For 2 months, just bite those bullets and bring him in – with shirt sales alone, his 2 months wages will be more than covered in one week and his experience to the squad would be invaluable. He could teach our wingers/FBs how to cross, teach the CBs how to defend against them, teach RVP, Cesc and NaNa how to take world class free-kicks and show Flappy and Chesney how to save’em! But Wenger won’t bring him in and the Board won’t realise the trick they will miss in make Arsenal some good dough and help our brand across the world.
Around the Premier League – I enjoyed seeing Chelsea squander more points – blimey how the mighty fall. I like Ancellotti but his days must be numbered with the ruthless Roman lurking about. I will be extremely miffed if Man Utd go all season unbeaten. They are very average but have that ability and luck to win or draw games where they shouldn’t (like at WBA). Spurs keep winning which is becoming annoying, hope that doesn’t last!
City to come to Emirates next – the amount of games over the holiday period is obscene because we don’t have a chance to basque in any glory (like v Chelsea) but it does help us get over any rubbish performances (like v Wigan). City are good on the road, but all I ask is that we show the same tempo and desire like we did v Chelsea. If we do, we have an excellent chance of taking all 3 points. If we don’t, we will probably be punished.
C’mon you Gunners!!!
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