Last night whilst watching yesterdays game on Football First I thought I was going to feel really proud of our youngsters and our squad, then I realized these wins at the end of the season may be detrimental to next years campaign.
When the transfer window opens and we have the chance to buy players Arsene can always fall back on these games and say we have strength and belief and all that tosh.
In reality we did the same thing last year, we fielded weakened sides mainly because of injuries and the Ice Cream man got himself suspended, so we won a few games with no pressure on them and got a respectable third, we would not have won those games if we was fighting for first, these youngsters would have bottled it.. I have a new theory the Premiership before Christmas is a tight competitive league but after Christmas some teams have given up the fight, Middlesborough and Portsmouth being two examples, so when we beat them we fool ourselves and think we are fantastic but when we meet the big boys on the up like Man U and Chelsea that’s when the truth hits home.
We then go into the transfer window with the attitude of we would like that player but if we cannot buy him for so much it doesn’t matter we have all these great players that won at Portsmouth etc.. So we don’t deal like our lives depend on it.
We all know these players are good, but will they stick together for 4 years and indeed can we wait four years to see how good they will be?? RvP doesn’t seem to want to and whilst we are producing players one end the conveyor belt is chucking them of at the other..
Yesterday we looked composed and elegant but we were flattered by the scoreline, we are not clinical enough and could have conceded as many as we scored at vital times in the match, that’s football okay it may be, but it would be better if we could learn from these pieces of luck and try to eliminate the mistakes from our games?
We were very lively and defended well from the striker back, are you watching Ade???? Bendtner, Vela and Captain Fantastic Arshavin all closing down the Pompey defence.
The first goal 9/10 times it would have been saved, but this was no ordinary goalkeeper this was England’s No1 goalkeeper and he gifted a goal to Bendtner when he let a half decent header fumble through his grasp. Bendtners “windmill” goal celebration straight out of the Mick Channon’s goal celebration book.. Was that payback time for all the Pompey fans booing our Theo??
The second goal came from a penalty when Andrey was brought down for the second time, in the big games last year like Hleb’s in the Champions League we never get a sniff of a penalty in Mickey Mouse games like these we always get the “Lucky Arsenal” jibes and they always even up and all that. Righty oh!!!
The third came from Vela after we could just have easily conceded one, when he latched on to a rebound from a Arshavin shot.
I hope that Gazadis and co realize that we would have lost that game if it wasn’t for our captain for the day, the player we spent real money on!!
Fabianski.. 7.5.. Solid performance with some good reaction saves..
Sagna .. 7.. Faultless had load of time on the ball If he of played LB that would have been too many changes..
Song.. 7.. Looking every inch a Arsenal squad player, I cannot see him being world class but a first class stand in at CB and in the DM position.
Djourou.. 7 .. Nice solid performance he looked good next to Song in last years Carling Cup campaign.
Eboue.. 6.5 .. Caught out of position a lot that saw Arshavin playing left back .. funny in these games..
Ramsey.. 7..Not sure what he will become a bit like Frank Lampard I suppose good but plain..
Denilson.. 6.5 He should have shone like a beacon in this Arsenal side, but just another game.. Okay though.
Walcott.. 5.5.. Got plenty of stick off the away fans, may of hampered his game, poor final ball in as usual..
Arshavin. 8.. Made a surprisingly good captain ..Outrageous at times, picking up the Premiership pace now and class is showing.
Bendtner.. 7.5 .. Two goals made him look good, but a hard working performance , seems to fit into the team better than Ade now..
Vela..7.. The cheeky chappie, hard working needs a bit of a run in the team, have we time for all these experiments?
The subs who came on just fitted in but the game was over.. Didn’t see the point of Bishcoff, part of the Arsene charity I guess..
A quick word about our away support, the Sol done the double and the Kanu boo’s were loud and clear.. well done lads, class….