Sometimes you just have to hold your hands high and admit you were wrong and that’s just what Jamie Redknapp has done:
They (Arsenal) showed great resilience and Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker were magnificent at the back.
I was critical of Mertesacker when he arrived in the Premier League, but I have to take my hat off to him now.
He is so strong, great in the air and dominates strikers. He’s a proper defender and was crucial in keeping Tottenham at bay.
That’s just what I need to do too because whilst many around me were backing our big German, I was all keen for him gone and a quicker, more mobile defender to be signed up.
How wrong was I eh….
But it’s not just him, Laurent Koscielny has improved enormously too and together they have become our rock at the back. Bacary Sagnas form has returned again this season too and both Nacho Monreal and Kieran Gibbs have proved themselves too.
Even Santi Cazorla’s defending has improved and I’m sure Iv’e seen him back in our own box or just outside it making a good tackle to win the ball, and on more than one occasion. Against Everton it was his defensive play which set up one of our goals, the fourth I think, so overall, every player seems to be putting a little more effort into protecting our goal.
God stuff eh!
Talking of younger and more mobile centre-backs, the name Matthias Ginter just won’t leave the press when it comes to who Arsenal are being linked with. He can play in the holding midfield position too apparently and he’s meant to be one of the next best things coming out of Germany and despite being only 20 years old, he’s already playing for his country albeit just the once.
Could he really be the player to finally fill the hole we all too often have in the midfield?
At 6′ 3″ tall, he’d certainly give us a lot more height and just maybe, he’s the man to replace Abou Diaby….
I wonder if Arsene Wenger thinks so………
Finally, good luck to the under 19’s who take on Barcelona tonight in the Uefa Youth League quarter-final.
That’s it for today, have a good one….