After a week of good feeling from some fans, not all supporters are happy with our lot!
Aston Villa bring their team to the Emirates today, a club who are struggling and fighting a relegation battle.
Every game to them is a cup final, players could see wages take a dip if they cannot save themselves from the Championship. Nothing makes players try harder than a cut in pay and this Villa side who turn up today will be all out to beat. It will be hard, it certainly won’t be a certain three points to the home team!
A fiend of mine, a season ticket holder, offered me his sons ticket for this game as he couldn’t make it, couldn’t or wouldn’t I don’t know but I felt that I couldn’t be bothered to see another dismal display live so I declined the offer. I felt I didn’t want to be there and have to wait till spot on seventy minutes before Wenger decides to either take off our ‘only trying’ players to put on less effective players.
On paper, I would expect us to win this game quite comfortably but which team will turn up?
Will it be the team lacking in confidence, movement, pace and finishing power, or will it be the team that tries in the second half once were 2 down.
Wenger’s tactics have sucked this season, I almost feel that he is happy with the results of late.
I sit there thinking that zonal marking will result in a goal, often it does too and Wenger seems to be blind to the fact that teams are using this as one of their tactics against us.
Villa will press us back, they will try and get stuck in quickly and we will just pass it back then across the park and eventually flapper Szczesny will receive it only to roll it out to BFG, and it all starts again.
Jack will get possession, he will try and head forward but you can feel nobody will give him an outlet. Back it goes again, this time to Santi who will go it alone until he hits the Villa defensive wall and if he isn’t robbed of the ball, no doubt he will pass back also.
If Gervinho should start he will go on a couple of runs his head will be down and he will try and take on the whole Villa team until he also losses it.
Our game is predictable that’s why we get beat so often.
Any team worth their salt will have watched the videos of our previous games and know that most of our passing will be in our own half, they also know that 90% of our shots are off target and the ones that are on target usually are aimed straight at the keeper.
The Villa defence will know that the only forward player that will challenge in the air up front will be Giroud so they will dominate if he is not a starter. They will know that if they rush in on Theo he will pass it backwards and then disappear leaving whoever else is there on his own.
Predictable is the word for Arsenal these days in fact I have to say, I don’t think we have a plan A let alone a plan B.
Arsene will no doubt play one of our centre backs as a left back our best winger as centre forward and a flapper as a goalkeeper. If Villa have a shot on goal look for a forward rushing in to collect the parry as its always down the middle predictable yes we are.
If were lucky we may score the first goal and Villa’s heads will go down quickly.
We could press and go for the second but we will probably be stunned by going ahead so we could be vulnerable straight away. Villa will know that as we are predictable they will know that no matter how the game is going we would not make any changes until the magic 70 minutes so if they do take the lead , they will be aware.
Although I believe we should win this one, it will probably finish as a draw.
Go on Wenger, surprise me. Do something different, try something different, even if it is a substitution at 53 minutes!
Written by Steve Palmer
Onto some gossip from the papers:
Good old Wenger has gone and done it again with his silly comments!
We can do it (Falcao). If we find a player of top, top quality we will take him.
We are in a stronger situation where we can spend some money. I’m not reluctant to do so. First of all, we only had money recently. We went out to spend money at Christmas but we didn’t find the players.
What utter poppycock, of course there are players out there, many of them and certainly a few who would have strengthened our side. Just why he bothers to open hi mouth sometimes I don’t know. As for Falcao, well I am sure we’d all love to see him up front but realistically it just isn’t going to happen. It might of course should Mr Usmanov buys all of Kroenke’s shares but……
Another story, this one suggests that talks have taken place between PSG and our manager. Apparently ex French President, Sarkozy, whose time in power in France ended last year, has been acting as facilitator for his friends at PSG.
Wenger though is having none of it. Well not this summer anyway:
I have never thought about throwing in the towel. I love winning, so I will carry on. I have a contract until 2014 and I will be here until then. I will make a decision on my future in 2014, not before.
Wenger says he loves winning, well prove it!
Have a good day all, only three points will do!