Arsenal Post Match Plus Thoughts On The Day!
An exciting day for Arsenal fans that saw many of us who have been arguing about who we need to strengthen the team, and whether Arsene Wenger has lost it or not come together and get excited for the first Arsenal game of a long year ahead. The game didn’t disappoint either with some great goals and some great performances. I was impressed with most of our players and it just continues to excite me for the season ahead. This kind of performance under the heat and the fatigue they were feeling was quite impressive although the Malaysian side was not great.
Two of our four goals came from two people who don’t normally score in Vela and Rosicky and it was quite nice to see them putting in good displays. Vela looked confident up front leading the line and I’ve always thought of him as a better striker than winger. I don’t think he does well on the wings and he should be up top. His runs are so well timed it’s ridiculous. Rosicky scoring a header will want to have a good scoring record this year with his age catching up to him. Walcott also had a great game today as Arsenal played the ball more on the right and Miyaichi didn’t have too much opportunity to impress. Kos and Vermaelen worked pretty well also.
There are two players that stuck out to me, one with a VERY impressive performance and one with an average performance that I’m quite worried about. I’m most worried about Marouane Chamakh’s performance because it was very dull and average. He had relatively no movement and wasn’t making runs. One thing that made him so effective for us in the beginning of last season was his movement and his runs he made deep into enemy territory where he would hold the ball up or attack. I’m not quite sure if he was just really tired or if he’s lost something in his game but I sure hope its due to fatigue.
Aaron Ramsey was most impressive first with a confident penalty kick and also a confident display in the midfield. He is still working on getting back to his best after his leg break and I feel this could be his breakthrough year especially if we lose Cesc. Before that leg break he had just started to nail down a spot in the Arsenal team and we could see him rotate much with Wilshere this year and hopefully dominate the midfield like he did before.
Our preseason game today was not the only one, with Manchester United playing MLS team New England Revolution and Liverpool playing Chinese team Guandong. Something that bothered me was when I went on the Daily Mail tonight…that’s right, I look at it sometimes. When I went through the sport section I saw reviews on the Liverpool game in a few different places but Arsenal’s game or anything was not anywhere…only that it was a winning start for Charlie Adam.
Liverpool has also had a transfer offer accepted for Stewart Downing for 20 million pounds…really? It makes me laugh continuously at Liverpool who seem to be striving for mid table this year with the signing of three average players and have spent about 50 million pounds total. While we haven’t spent much…we’ve done well so far with Jenkinson whose been a pleasant surprise already and Gervinho who, lets be honest, is better than all three of Liverpool’s signings put together. In my opinion Liverpool is going in the wrong direction still. So Arsenal fans lets be grateful that we’re not Liverpool and that our manager is much better than Kenny Dalglish.
Next up is our China Tour and I’m loving the videos Arsenal.com has put up to keep us updated on the tour with the fans going nuts and our Arsenal friends in Malaysia and China geared up to see their idols! It makes me jealous that Arsenal don’t come to America, I would be on the next flight to wherever they’d be playing. Hopefully the boys will get out of the humidity a little bit and continue to get their fitness back. Saturday will be the second game and we’ll hope to see much of the same, even the Denilson 20 minutes thing was a little funny.
Now to some news from today with Xavi making his opinion known on Fabregas’ desperation to be a Barcelona player. While what he says might be somewhat true it’s not his job or right to speak for him. Cesc has been respectful to the club and wants to leave on good terms, while the Barcelona players are making things quite hard. Over this past year, I’ve lost so much respect for each player on Barcelona that I dislike them as much as Tottenham. I’m still cool with Afellay though, wish he would join us. Anyways, I speak for every Arsenal fan in saying Xavi, SHUT UP! This is not your business, go about your own and handle yourself like an adult you fricken drama queen.
Bit of good news/bad news today about Massimo Busacca (our favorite ref) who red carded Robin Van Persie in our loss to Barcelona last season. Busacca has been made head of referees for UEFA or FIFA or whatever…who cares, basically he is on a board and will NOT be reffing games. So the twit was given more power but we’ll never really notice…Anyways, not sure why I even care about all that…too late to erase now.
The new season will be upon us sooner than we think and we have some Champions League Qualifiers to win…without Robin Van Persie and Samir Nasri. Two players that are banned for their next Champions League game because of the Barcelona game last season. So it’s even more important for Gervinho to get accompanied to the team sooner and very important Ramsey is back to his self or Cesc is fit and in good form…or replaced. We could have some pretty good teams come up against us and while I’m confident we will win and move on like we always do, it does bring a nervous aura around. Do we need more signings to make sure we get through? Maybe 1 or 2 like Wenger has said.
Some are frustrated with Wenger for saying only 1 or 2 more but honestly if Nasri stays, we don’t need more than 1 or 2. We may need cover for defense because Squillaci won’t cut it. We may need a striker because we lose Gervinho, and Chamakh to the AFC in January. Vela…there’s your chance. Whether RvP will stay healthy all year is…well doubtful so an additional striker may help. Please just not Hugo Rodallega, I would prefer Afobe over him. Some think we need a Defensive Midfielder…lets not waste our money, Frimpong is here, Coquelin will be here, and if we buy one we may lose two very talented midfielders who will want to leave because they’ll get no game time.
Anyways, only a couple of days until our next game and I’m already excited for it. This should be a very exciting and intense year for Arsenal, lets pray we can handle it!