I am bemused by some fans who in their anger call for Wenger to have played a stronger team, would you have wanted Cesc to have played? And if he got a similar injury to RVP would you have thought that it was worth it? No, you wouldn’t, you would have been calling for Wenger’s head.
If Drogba had got had got a similar injury to RVP from playing last night the chavs would almost certainly have forfeited their chances of winning the CL……ohhh, a boy can dream, stop it, I’m being serious here.
I want our slender chances of winning the CL rapped carefully in cotton wool and that does not include playing Cesc in the Mickey Mouse Cup.
I thought Wenger’s team selection was spot on, perhaps a bit confusing that Senderos didn’t play, my guess is that he has already found a club to go to in January and didn’t want to risk injury but Rico’s idea that he wasn’t selected for fear that the club might lower their offer still makes me laugh. I am, of course, being bitchy, he might simply be injured.
Anyway, Wenger fielded the usual combination of youth and experience; my first thought when I saw the teams was that we are going to lose six – one but after the initial wave of City attack we started to get into the game and I found myself on the edge of my seat when the ball was played for Vela to run onto with what seemed like only the goal keeper to beat but needed a split second more than he was allowed to compose himself and score.
It was this same split second or the lack of it that made all the difference to Ramsey, Wilshire, Merida and Eastmond, neither one could play their usual game because they were closed down just that bit quicker than they are used to and they can play all the friendlies that they like but unless they play in competitive games like last night they will never gain the all important experience needed to step up.
Hopefully all those who have been calling for Ramsey to start more games will now have realised that there is a huge difference to coming on when we a three – nil up; playing for Wales against Scotland (Scotland purleese) and starting in a game that was played at the same speed and determination as that in the EPL.
Ramsey was not able to run with the ball in his usual way, could not find his passes simply because he still has not got what it takes to play at that level – but he will — and he will only get that all important experience from games like last night. The same applies to Merida, Eastmond and Wilshire; with the lack of the all important split second, that all of these players are used to, their passes were not finding their targets and City gained possession forcing the rest of the team to work extra hard to try and regain possession, the result being that our young team tired and the inevitable happened.
All in all, this was not a good week to try and give up glue.