Happy Pancake Day, or Shrove Tuesday – it’s official name. Either way, they’ll be plenty of pancakes consumed today I suspect, I know I’ll have my fair share later.
Does anyone else get the feeling that the worst has been and the better is on it’s way?
More than once over the last few months, someone has asked the same question and that is:
When did we watch Arsenal play well?
That question often went by unanswered. Whether that be because fans were sick of reading it, or they simply couldn’t answer it, I don’t know.
But ask that question today and what would you answer be?
Mine would be, Saturday the 10th February 2013 and I wonder if it’s the start of better things ahead. Of course I am not suggesting things have changed overnight, only a fool would do so. But if things are going to get better, that has to start somewhere.
I watched the game again yesterday afternoon courtesy of Sky Sports Football First and there were times that our attacking movement, passing and general play, was simply stunning. It had pace, accuracy and players worked so hard for each other. They made Sunderland look like a side so so far below them in quality.
I even saw Theo Walcott in possession, look up and then pass – and his pass found a team-mate. When did we last, or ever say that about him?
Once we settled and of course, up until Jenkinson got sent off, we played some of the best attacking football I have seen in a long while. Some of our best defending/goal keeping was on display too.
Another day, another ref, another keeper and we would have romped home, but as said yesterday, maybe that kind of result wouldn’t do as much for confidence as a hard fought 1-0 away from home.
Despite having lost Koscielny in the pre-match warm up, and already being without Thomas Vermaelen, Wenger resisted the temptation to even name Squillaci on the bench, let alone start him and that says a lot.
He’ll never wear an Arsenal shirt again in my opinion. We have Miquel back fit and Angha is more likely to be used than the Frenchman.
Arshavin is another, no place for him on the bench either. Maybe he’ll get a run out against Blackburn, maybe not but regardless, his Arsenal career is over. Added to that, Santos has now gone too, hopefully never to return and I very much doubt he will.
Other fringe players have also been allowed to leave on loan recently and I’m not sure many, if any will return and have a career at Arsenal.
Loan deals are not ideal of course but at least at lot if not all of the players wage is paid by another club. A wage which if it wasn’t so high in the first place, we would have been able to sell the players. Nevertheless, wages we are now saving, hopefully with the view of using the money to pay a few quality additions this coming summer. Players who will make us great again!
With Santos departed, Monreal being cup-tied, Thomas Vermaelen reported to possibly needing surgery on his ankle and Jernade Meade being injured, who on earth will play at left-back when we face Bayern Munich?
Although a centre back by trade, 20-year-old Ignasi Miquel has been working on his versatility, and is happy to play wherever he is asked to.
They’re making me get used to playing at left back, so it’s not that weird for me anymore.
Centre back is my main position so I’ve got no trouble adapting.
Playing left back is different, I have to get forward more but with time I think I’ve got used to it. It’s good for me to have two positions because it will give me more chances to show myself. I want the chance to show that I can fight for the first team. I have to make sure I take my opportunity if it comes my way and make the most of it.
There you go then, there is our new left back, well, for the Champions League at least……..
Have a good day all and enjoy your pancakes……