By 1970’s Gooner
I was as delighted as much as I was frustrated last Saturday in that uncharacteristic one nil to the Arsenal win against a very spirited Fulham side.
I was delighted that we won the game which kept us within distance of the top, especially as Chelsea dropped points. I was also pleased that the win was obtained when not playing at our best.
It’s quite funny really in that a lot of the media usually criticise Arsene Wenger’s teams for not being able to rough it, play badly and win ugly. This is exactly what Arsenal did yet this is labeled a lucky win!
Stop reading the tabloids I say and stick to blogs….
Yet I cannot but ponder on the reasons for Arsenal’s lackluster performance. This is because I feel that if we carry on playing like this we are bound to come unstuck sooner than later.
Winning ugly gets you out of jail once or maybe twice but then you simply have to revert back to your brilliant best.
A lot of the pressure that Arsenal faced against Fulham originated from within itself rather than created by Fulham’s play.
Uncharacteristic mistakes were made in the passing of the ball and the giving away of possession and free kicks in dangerous areas; way too often.
In the offensive area of the pitch Arsenal did not create much and there was not enough fluidity and slick passing as we have become accustomed.
For all the above I blame three players in particular and I hope that they get back to form pretty soon starting tomorrow in the Champions League.
Yes he did after all provide the brilliant assist for van Persie’e goal and put a few excellent passes for the forwards to score. But you must agree that the little maestro is below par when you compare him to his brilliant best.
He has been misplacing passes and lacking that dynamism and dexterity that he has shown in previous years for quite a few games now. Something is bothering him and I hope it is not Barcelona.
Nevertheless if he doesn’t tick Arsenal’s clock stops ticking. And his below par performance affected the rest of the team.
He has been out for a month after taking that silly decision to play for Russia when he was clearly injured. This showed against Fulham. He was below pace, did not get much involved and generally did not contribute enough for the cause.
Add to this the lack of penetration on the other wing from the average Bendtner and you can see that poor van Persie did not get much of a service.
We need a fit Arshavin in the side and I hope that he can get back to full fitness quite soon.
What an idiot. Who does he think he is? Maradona in his hey day? This boy has to be taught to play the simple game. Win the ball and then pass it. Full stop. At this stage of his development he should concentrate to get this right.
All he did last Saturday was to give possession to the other side. He did this by passing them the ball, trying one dribble too many or and this was more dangerous, giving away silly fouls in dangerous areas outside our box.
Abu Diaby you have the potential to become an Arsenal great but you have to learn to play simple football for the team. Not for yourself.
Fabregas and Arshavin will improve I am sure. But Wenger needs to reconsider whether to keep persisting with Diaby.