Thursday, December 11, 2008
Bendtner and Diaby were useless but there was a bright light
By 1970’s Gooner
What a pathetic display by nearly all the players bar Almunia, Djourou and Denilson.
Almunia made some very good saves and Djourou maintained his confident displays as of late. Denilson was everywhere hardly putting a foot wrong.
But the rest of the players selected to wear the Arsenal shirt at Porto were a disgrace.
Top of the list is that arrogant self proclaimed striker of all strikers Nicklas Bendtner.
Never once did the ball stuck to his feet. Never once did he make a meaningful pass to another teammate. Never once did he show any real interest in making a positive contribution. The only thing he got right was the headers, which usually found no one in particular.
He has really regressed as of late repeating that awful performance of his at Burnley. Who does he think he is?
I know he can play better. He has put in a very good performance against Manchester United where he ran the line alone up front. Bar that and I do not recollect any other meaningful performance he has put in for Arsenal.
I have similar feelings for Abu Diaby. He was equally bad as Bendtner and for the same reasons.
He took it upon himself to hold the ball in midfield and try and dictate play much in the same way that Patrick Vieira used to do. He, unlike Vieira, avoided passing to a team mate if he could, usually swiveled around the ball and headed into the horizon, which more often than not was a bunch of Porto players waiting for him.
He also decided that defending was not really for him so his concentration wavered during the corner kick and instead of just sticking to his man managed to lose him and thus offer a free header on a plate.
Well I have news for you Mr Diaby: You have a long way to go before you can reach those heights set by Vieira...
The others were not far away either.
Vela couldn’t hold the ball to save his life, Song deteriorated in the second half and kept passing the ball to the opponents.
Ramsey kept coming infield rather than go forward, Gallas decided to give up in the second half and kept making elementary mistakes and his mate Silvestre got caught out of position to gift them their second goal.
At least Eboue put in an indifferent performance rather than an awful one…
The only positive aspect to come out of all this is Johan Djourou’s obvious improvement.
His positioning was spot on, his heading was excellent and above all his distribution was sensible and accurate. He is fast becoming a real and viable option for one of the central defensive positions.