So that is that done and dusted, a 2-0 victory last night, giving us a 5-0 result overall, secured our place in tomorrows Champions League draw but it came at a price:
That is the negative of the evening. We paid a heavy price on the injury front as we lost Podolski.
I don’t know how bad Ramsey is, I don’t know how Wilshere will respond to an ankle problem. We have to check that in the morning but he should be all right for Sunday. The tackles on Wilshere were disappointing.
Podolski, though, is definitely out for 21 days [it was later suggested he could be out for five weeks]. And we have to check how severe Ramsey’s groin is.
Some cynics might suggest that had we had a bigger and stronger squad, a few players could have been rested last night but you can’t swap Ramsey for Frimpong can you and poor old Tomas needed a rest too and Sanogo, well maybe he should be on loan rather than on the bench….
We know the squad is thin, today it’s even thinner, in fact it’s almost transparent.
Jack Wilshere was battered from pillar to post, especially in the second half. The ref dealt with each incident with a booking but the Turks were clever, not one player caught him twice. Dirty tactics! As was the desperation dive for a penalty, something which players here in the Premier League have been sent off for….
The dirty tricks and cheating just confirmed what the eye could see, a horrid group of players who over the two legs, have been simply awful. I hope Uefa now stand by their original decision to ban them from the Champions League and we certainly never face them again..
As said, two goals were enough and both were scored by Aaron Ramsey. The first some my say was fortunate as the through ball to Welshman came from one of the Turks but credit where it’s due, Walcotts pressure on the defender forced the error and Ramsey was in the right place to slot home.
The second though came about through good football, almost great football. A few quick passes down the left and Kieran Gibbs cross found Ramsey. The latter finished with a super placed shot on the volley into the bottom right hand-side corner of the net. Had the old badger finished in such a fashion, the footballing world would be shouting from the rooftops. He didn’t, but our man did and that goal made sure the Turks really were dead and buried.
Szczesny made a couple of good saves, especially one within the first ten minutes after a sloppy play from the defence but other than that, Fenerbache barely really troubled him…
Theo rattled the bar with a free kick which dipped at the last moment, another few centimetres and he would have got on the score-sheet with the only free kick he managed to get over the defence wall. Apart from that and plenty of wonderful footwork again from the little midfield maestro, there’s not much else to write about. Ramsey was awarded the Motm award again for his all round display and of course his stunning second strike.
We ended the match with just ten players as Aaron Ramsey, also victim of a few rough tackles had to leave the pitch with a groin injury, hopefully it’s not serious and he’s fit for Sunday. However…
A good result and another £30 million in the bank……
Juan Mata’s father, who also happens to be his agent was allegedly sat in the directors box which has sparked talk about us trying to sign the player – I’d really like that to happen. After the game, Arsene Wenger was asked if Mata’s father had been invited as a guest of Arsenal,
No. I don’t know. Maybe.
Of course he knows, he knows everything doesn’t he?
The empty seats on display last night was incredible – there were so so many. Fans are clearly not happy or simply can’t be bothered, signings like Mata would bring them back.
Six days left for Arsene Wenger to finally make the kind of signings which will make this squad stronger and certainly a lot deeper and with it, draw those fans back.
He has no excuses, none whatsoever, we have money, plenty of it. We are a football club, not a bank. The money is the clubs, not his and it’s money that fans have parted with one way or another…
It’s time to give something back to those fans.
Wenger needs to stop scrimping and saving and messing around in this transfer window, the club name, players and fans are the ones who are suffering and only Wenger can change that.
Stop the talk, start walking the walk…….
That’s it for another day…