Disappointment yesterday for the under 19′s in the NextGen series.
Having been in total control of the game in the first half, but unable to score more than one gaol, Chelsea knocked the stuffing out of them to take a 3-1 lead. Like their senior counterparts though, they fought back in added time to make it 3-3. Then, and again like the men, they took their foot off the gas, allowed Chelsea to score another and that was them dumped out of the Cup.
Will they learn from that?
Well if the first-team are anything to go by, no!
Talking of them, Wenger has been talking about the summer transfer window.
We have five players for the England team and 22 international players.
So we have to analyse. What will decide our attitude, my attitude, is how we do now until the end of the season.
What is important is we look at how we finish the season, how well we play – and make the decisions on who to buy and who to sell at the end of the season. This will be influenced by the way we play in our last nine games.
Sorry, but if Wenger is truly basing his summer transfer activity on how this current crop play out their last nine fixtures, then we really are in trouble! Any summer signings really should have been identified by now and the club should be ready to negotiate for such players at the earliest opportunity.
As for the players he will choose to sell, well a season is about ten months (roughly) of football and how a player commits himself week in week out, not just during a nine week stretch when he knows he’s playing for his future.
That players future with Arsenal started the day he signed on the dotted line, he should play for his future and for the pride of the club each and every time he puts an Arsenal shirt on, not just for nine games at the end of this season when we happen to be outside the top four.
If players can’t be up for facing the Blackburn’s and Bradford’s in football, then why should they be given the chance of facing the top European sides in the Champions League?
I am sure each and any fan not only has a wishlist of players we love to see signed in the summer, but I am sure we have a similar list of those who we want sold.
We don’t need the nine games to convince us otherwise.
One of those nine is at home against Reading today, a side who are in a nasty relegation battle and really are looking likely to be back in the Championship next season.
Annoyingly though, they have appointed a new manager this week in Nigel Adkins, a manager who knows all about getting the best form his players. He did it enough times at Southampton.
So this game will be far from a ‘give me’, in fact it could be a banana skin if the players don’t show up in the right frame of mind.
I think we all know the injury situation, Walcott, Wilshere and Diaby are sidelined and Gibbs has man-flu so he’s also a doubt.
Her’s a few match facts for you all, courtesy of the BBC:
- Arsenal and Reading have already met twice this season, with the two games at the Madejski Stadium producing an incredible 19 goals. The Gunners won 7-5 to reach the Capital One Cup quarter-finals in October (despite being 4-0 down after 37 minutes), and then won 5-2 in the league in December.
- Arsenal have a 100% record against Reading, winning all 11 times they have met in league and cup.
- Arsenal have won four of their last five Premier League matches.
- Among top-flight clubs, only leaders Manchester United have been in better form than Arsenal over their last eight league matches.
- The Gunners have led at half-time in seven Premier League matches this season – and have gone on to win them all.
- According to Opta, Arsenal have scored six goals on the counter-attack this season, more than any other club in the Premier League.
- Reading have lost their last five Premier League matches.
- They have the worst away record in the top flight, earning just five points from a possible 45.
- The Royals have conceded 57 goals, more than any other Premier League side.
- Reading have the worst second-half record in the top flight; Arsenal have the best.
So there you have it, on paper we should win, in reality it will nothing so easy as that.
We maybe fighting for a top four place to secure
a huge payout Champions League football, but Reading are fighting for survival in the top of the English game.
The team who wants the victory more, will be today’s winners.
That had better be us!!
Tomorrow is the anniversary of the passing of David ‘Rocky’ Rocastle, and in honour of his memory the BSM & Redaction have organised Rocky7at7 for fans to sings Rocky’s name 7 mins into todays game for 7 mins….!
So if you are going to the game, let your voice he heard, let Rocky’s name ring loud and proud around the stadium.
That’s no more than the great player and the great man he was deserves…
Let’s do it today for that great man…..
That’s it for another day, have a good one all…..