little, I mean no transfer news to talk about, what do we make of the manager’s comments after the win against Fulham?
Well, as far as the performance goes, just like many of us here, Arsene Wenger wasn’t overly thrilled with the first half but things got better once the second half began.
We were in control for the 90 minutes but a bit one-paced in the first half with our passing. In the second half when we got up a gear we scored the goals. Santi got two good goals and from then on we looked like we would get the points. We had a few more chances but overall in games against teams who fight not to go down, it is very difficult. Sometimes it is a question of patience.
I would imagine that he’d like to add something about how when we get chances, which we did in the first half, we need to be more ruthless and make them count but of course he isn’t going to do that. Not only is that not his style but we all know he seldom criticises players in public.
Again, just like us all on here, he was thrilled to see Santi Cazorla starting to look like the player we know he is, which is great as we head into a couple of tricky months of football. We need players like him at the top of their game, he has so many tricks in his locker and when he’s firing, he can do anything.
He was out for a long time at the start of the season and had some injury problems. After that he had an ankle problem and only recently, since mid-December, has he come back to his level. When you play in your opponents’ half, in the final third, he is one of the players who can create something special, either through his passing or through his finishing. He is two-footed, and that makes him very dangerous.
Another player who is going from strength to strength is Jack Wilshere – his comment on Berbatov to Arsenal when asked made me chuckle. He said he was a top player who has played for top clubs like… Man Utd and now Fulham. No way was he going to spill out that ghastly word Tottenham…..
Anyway, the manager likes the way he’s playing.
Wilshere is getting sharper now as well and he was at the start of many moves with little bursts to speed up our game.
Then there is the mystery of Lukas Podolski who isn’t starting matches these days but I can understand why. He’s not long over a nasty injury and there’s no point in over playing him, not against the sides we have played as we need him for the CL matches and the bigger games. Mind you, Serge Gnabry is doing rather well so dropping him would be a difficult decision to make for the manager.
Every player who is on the bench is frustrated. But Lukas has a fantastic spirit and attitude and he showed that when he came on. He will play. he has been out for four-and-a-half months and it takes time, but he looks sharp. When he comes in he gives us something. First of all his occupies the flank well, his left foot is intelligent and dangerous. He is now physically ready.
Will he play as a lone striker again?
He can as well, because if he is in front of goal and you give him one chance, you score with him. He doesn’t hit it in the stand.
He certainly has a ruthless left foot but I’m still not convinced he’s the right kind of player to play up front on his own and as Arsene Wenger says, he’s great in front of goal but only when he’s facing it.
Which brings me nicely to his comments about transfers this month.
Look we have played 22 games and have 51 points. If you compare that to any other season you will see that it is one of the best, if not the best ever. So let’s just continue. We have a good solidarity in the group and we rotate a bit and sometimes great players are on the bench. You want me to buy more players, but if they sit on the bench you ask me why!
We are looking at potential possibilities for us to get someone in, but we are not especially in for Vucinic. We are not on any special case. I would love to announce something that would excite you and me, but I don’t have the possibility to do it.
All top clubs have great players sitting on the bench and we need at least one, if not two more doing just that for Arsenal. Great players boost morale, great players want to see great players signed and make us a stronger force is everything we play for.
Of course they don’t want to be sitting on the bench, they want to be playing and true professionals will be determined to prove their worth and get a starting place.
Competition for a starting place is healthy, very healthy and it brings out the best in all…
Having players like Park on the bench, excuse the pun, is not what anyone wants to see is it?
Transfer Rumours for the day:
Well there aren’t any, other than reports in The Daily Mail suggesting Stan Kroenke is in London to finalise Arsene Wenger’s new contract.
I hope he throws his weight around and gets a couple of new signings in the door too….
That’s your lot for another day…..