By 1970’s Gooner
I cannot understand why Wenger insists on dropping Djourou for the Premier League games and insisting on starting with Koscienly.
Djourou has been outstanding in all the games he has started using his height and new found confidence to become a very effective central defender.
He has developed a new found steeliness and his heading ability is up there with the best of the League’s defenders.
He is therefore the ideal centre half for Arsenal as most teams tend to pump those high balls into the area more than half expecting to reap the dividends.
And they normally do as Tottenham have found out when scoring their third and winning goal and Villa too today when our central defenders couldn’t head the balls clear for both of their goals…
It was really frightening today as Villa scored their first goal almost at the same time as Spurs did last week. You could feel the nerviness that begun to surround the Arsenal players.
Song and Wilshere started defending deeper, Arshavin and Rosicky started to look tired and the home crowd spurred the home team on.
It seems to me that the only way to keep two goal leads is to score a third and a fourth. These players simply cannot defend leads by playing conservatively, negatively even. They only know one way and that is to attack.
And that is why we need our defenders to be at their top, to win everything in the air and on the ground because the protection they will get will not be enough.
And that is why Djourou is vital for this team….