By 1970’s Gooner
What a moment to start talking about weaknesses in the team when we annihilated Porto so comprehensively.
In a performance that was reminiscent of past Wenger teams who played “total football”, beautiful football, football that most of us now only see when we play (or our children play) Play Station!
Nasri has come back to full fitness and is now dictating games.
Clichy is back to his startling best, both defensively and offensively.
Rosicky also back to his solid and influential performances.
Walcott after a run of games is the “old” Walcott we came to love.
Diaby has cut out the nonsense selfish bits and is becoming a monster.
So is Song and Eboue.
Bendtner is getting the goals.
Yet something bugs me and it has to do with our central defensive players.
Now that Gallas is out for another month we are definitely short on quality replacements.
My hair stands on end when I see Silvestre in the starting eleven. He is a disaster waiting to happen.
His latest gaffe was Burnley’s equaliser at the Emirates when he stepped out of defence without looking around to see if there was any danger.
He has repeated the same mistake in almost every game he played (think back to the game against Sunderland when Bent was through on goal on more than one occasion). He is also so slow it’s unbelievable. Even Sol is faster than him.
Campbell has been a revelation so far. He is strong, very good in the air but above all he is so experienced. However, as Wenger has said, he cannot play more than one game a week. Apparently after Tuesday’s game against Porto he is already suffering from fatigue and is doubtful for Saturday.
With Gallas and Djourou out and Senderos out on loan, the only alternative for Saturday, if indeed Sol is out, will be Silvestre.
Hull are no pushovers when it comes to strong, physical and fast forwards. Forwards like Altidorp and Fagan who look like giving Silvestre the run around.
God help us…
Let us hope we score more goals than they do.
Until Gallas returns to fitness I really think that Song (who is unavailable for Saturday’s game) can and should fill in at central defence.
Nasri (or Fabregas when he returns), Diaby and Denilson can form the trio in the 4 3 3 formation that is serving Arsenal so well this season.
Keep Silvestre on the bench Mr Wenger.