Everything has been said about our game on Sunday against Liverpool and you don’t need me to tell you the scoreline or the scorers for that matter.
Just like every other Arsenal fan, I thought reading the papers would be something to relish for once.
All the lazy journalists wanted to report was how poor Liverpool were. How they had offloaded their forwards and rather than report about how good ours are, they just wanted to write about who Brendan Rodgers should try and snap up for free.
Funny enough, not too much written about how Arsenal had the game under control, how well the team fought as a unit and how the players have gelled very quickly and of course, very little about the two fine goals scored from our new boys!
What about Steve Bould and Neil Banfield?
How many seasons have the press/media fed off of our all too often inept defensive performances?
Too many to mention I would say, yet not a word about how the pair of them have obviously had a huge impact on our training and we look as if we have finally become a unit at the back and a much more robust one at that.
Hardly a mention about Santi Cazorla slotting into midfield as if he’s been part of Arsenal for decades, very little about the work rate of Giroud either was there? No, they would rather concentrate on his chances that didn’t find the back of the net.
There was even this comment on Twitter from the idiots at TalkSport:
Santi Cazorla = poor man’s David Silva.
Jut how bitter and twisted are they on that channel?
Another story I read in one of the newspapers was about how RVP is a big loss for us, especially after his 3 goals for his new employers. He’s gone, so move on I say.
Ok, I am biased towards our club but when I witness what I did at Anfield, I expect others to share that view but reality is, unless reporters are Arsenal fans or 100% impartial, very little ‘positive’ gets reported about our club.
Well, that being the case I suppose we have to sing our own praises and high praise it should be too after Sunday.
I don’t want to heap pressure on this new look team but to me it looks like Wenger has given Steve Bould a licence to do what he pleases. To get our defenders doing what he was so good at years ago in the Arsenal back line. He seems to have tightened things up and got the defence working together and for each other.
He has also given them a bit of backbone. No longer do the defenders back off, they now get stuck in and should they get beaten another Arsenal man is ready to step in. I suppose you could say Arsenal look as if they have parked the bus back there but it also looks as if one bus follows another as the midfield are working their way forward at every opportunity.
In our first two games I felt that we were trying out this new look team and the emphasis was more about not conceding goals rather than go out with all guns blazing. Sunderland and Stoke have turned out to be like a spring-board for us, two teams that do tend to defend with all their might and those two fixtures have given us the time to put our own house in order.
We have done well up to now, three clean sheets on the trot which is almost a record for us, although I wouldn’t say we are the finished article yet as Stoke did get the ball in our net. We won’t get the referee’s decision very often.
The commentators at the Liverpool game made me smile, our own Alan ‘Smudger’ Smith said he hoped Abou Diaby can stay fit for the season as he can be a big player for us this year and I can still hear the same being said last season about van Persie last season. It’s quite evident already that we are not a one man team this term and although I agree Diaby did play well, should he get injured we have excellent cover.
Many see Giroud as the replacement for van Persie, but he’s not, Podolski is and he finished on Sunday in a manner that our old Dutchman would have. Giroud is the big strong striker we lacked last season. He will definitely be a success, his work rate is first class and although he looks a bit anxious at the moment, he will soon settle down and start scoring.
I must just mention Abou Diaby again and commentators/pundits alike. Reference was made to Patrick Vieira and one pundit said that he thought Abu is the closest thing we have to him for years. He also likened Diaby Ya Ya Toure, who lets face it, is no slouch.
This season should be the making of him and if I say so myself, not before time.
I have good feelings about this campaign from what I have seen so far. Trophies are there to be won. I know its early days and I could end up with egg on my face but this team have the makings of the real deal .
Wilshere is almost ready to return and Sagna/Rosicky are not far off either. Even young Frimpong could return before Christmas so things are looking good.
Add all that with much better performances from Gervinho and Walcott, this side could turn out being real challengers.
Finally we have a squad of players who will all have to work their socks off to keep their starting place and I can’t wait for the so called big teams – they won’t know what’s hit them…
Come on you Gunners!
Written by Steve Palmer