Recently we have scored plenty of goals, including the seven against Newcastle. The following game against Southampton, we couldn’t manage one.
Wenger says this is all confusing him somewhat:
I find it difficult to analyse the players and to know what they are capable of.
When you score seven goals in one game and only get an own goal in the next one, of course, it is hard.
We have good offensive potential but we are not consistent enough. I change my mind whether I need to go into the transfer market from game to game.
If you look at the Newcastle game, you’d say fantastic but if you look at the Southampton game you can say we need to strengthen our offensive department.
The one thing which he didn’t include was the way we concede goals. One at Southampton, three against Newcastle, two against Reading and of course there are more.
Two of those ‘more’ were conceded yesterday and I’m not stupid, of course we are bound to have goals scored against us but most are gifted to the opposition by the careless way we defend and until that changes we will continue to leak goals for fun.
Most will agree that we are in desperate need of a defence minded midfielder and maybe the right player brought in this month will go a long way to stopping us conceded so many.
So maybe as well as worrying about whether or not to sign a striker right now, maybe Wenger should pay as much, if not more attention to getting a player in who will help us stop conceding them.
That is of course, if he isn’t already….
The two we scored yesterday were scorchers though weren’t they, the first was a fantastic strike from Podolski to draw us level and then Gibbs scored an absolute scorcher to give us the lead.
But that lead was not to be held onto, in the 87th minute, Swansea outcast, Danny Graham took advantage of a comedy show in defence to grab an equaliser and a replay at The Emirates on January 16th.
After the game Wenger said:
We should have won this game. I felt the first half was a bit locked and one-paced, as much as the second half became much more open. I think in the second half we created many chances and suddenly found ourselves 1-0 down. We have shown character and quality. I felt when we conceded the corner [that led to the second goal], we lacked a little bit [of] calmness and focus. It’s frustrating to concede a goal just like that on a corner where we couldn’t clear the ball before the corner. Even on the corner, we were first to the ball and didn’t win the ball. We have shown quality and heart and it’s quite good if we can repeat that.
On the penalty that I think never was:
It was one and the referee saw it. You know why he didn’t give it? Because he thought the guy had not done it on purpose, [which] I think as well. It was accidental but he [Ramsey] didn’t trip himself. He was caught clearly by the leg of the Swansea player. I don’t know who it was. He had a hesitation, the referee, and in the end he didn’t give it.
The problem is we could have had a penalty but that can happen, but after [we could have] gone down to 10 men and down 1-0 as well. Overall, we have shown good mental quality.
Finally, whether our current squad would cope with the amount of games we have coming up:
Yes, if we have no injuries. Today we had four players at home, and I didn’t bring on Chamberlain, Coquelin [or] Rosicky. Diaby’s coming back and if we find one or two on the transfer market, then why not.
He did hint that now Djourou and Chamakh have gone on loan, there is room for a signing or two….
Let’s hope Squilli and Arshavin soon go, then they’ll be room for four…
That’s it for another day, have a good one…..