Monthly Archives: October 2011

Diaby The Tonic Arsenal Need?

It’s been quite some time since we’ve heard the name Abou Diaby in the Arsenal lineup with many fans already casting him out and hoping he is transferred.  Could he yet be the tonic Arsenal need though?  The powerful midfielder is only a couple of weeks away from being match fit and could make a big impact on this team that lacks confidence.

The tall lanky midfielder has played in a variety of positions for Arsenal including the wings, attacking midfield, and defensive midfielder.  Many fans became very tired and weary of Diaby’s performances when he moved back into the defensive midfield position and its unknown whether these delusional fans really knew that isn’t his natural position!

Diaby’s fantastic dribbling, powerful runs, well timed runs and speed can only make a contribution when he’s playing in a relatively attacking position.  To have Diaby playing behind Robin Van Persie on the line could really be the attacking presence we need in this side that is not scoring the goals they should be!

Now many of you will write this off because many of you want to see the back of Diaby which is expected and I’ve also had my moments where I did not want to see him in the team, he is very injury prone but a good run in the team could see the midfielder really get back into his groove and could see the return of Arsenal to the top!

Who knows whether his return to fitness will see him stay healthy but it’s worth giving him a shot to get his form up so he can be an attacking threat for this Arsenal team lacking in fluidity.

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A Must Win for Arsenal vs. Marseilles

Now it’s the third game of Champions League, and losing doesn’t mean we’re out, but this is an extremely important game for Arsenal.  After a big game at the weekend and the fighting for confidence in the Arsenal camp it will be a very hard, but important win for the Gunners.  Marseilles brings an extremely tough test though, having already disposed of Borussia Dortmund with ease while Arsenal could only draw.

Marseilles have had a tough time in Ligue 1 with only 1 win in 10 games so far, but have had success so far in Europe.  This could be the perfect test for Arsenal playing a strong team with up and down form while Arsenal seem to be the same way.  Arsenal will have to deal with some difficult attacking threats such as Valbuena, Ayew, and Loic Remy to say the least and it will be a big test for the Arsenal back four.

A win versus Sunderland on Sunday hopefully marked the turn of a corner for Arsenal and the confidence boost that is gained from a win against Marseilles would be massive!  Although the boys have had limited rest having played on Sunday they will be raring to go for this one and we may even see a few players rotated.

Our starting 11 will probably stay much the same with Santos filling in for Gibbs, and Jenkinson getting the start based on the fact that Arsene won’t risk his only backup center back to put Koscielny out at right back.  This could expose Arsenal with both Marseilles wingers being very fast and very good.

I’d like to see RvP put back in the attacking midfield spot and I think he would be more influential in the game if he moved further into the midfield.  I also think it’s time to move Theo Walcott into the center as he’s become quite invisible over on the wings.  Theo has a problem of not being able to run at defenders, he has a strength of running past them and timing his runs well.  So why not let him play in the middle where Van Persie and Arteta and supply him the through balls he needs to be effective!

 

 

So here is my ideal line up for Arsenal tomorrow night!

Szczesny

Kos  Mertesacker Djourou Santos

Song      Arteta

RvP

Gervinho Walcott Arshavin

 

I’m a wishful thinker I know!  I do think we will see Arshavin get the start, and will see Chamakh tomorrow at some point.  I also think Ramsey will be in the squad being rested on Saturday and Rosicky will go back to the bench having a very good game on Saturday.  Honestly with the squad Arsenal has named, any of the players named could be started especially ahead of a big game against Stoke which Arsenal often struggle against.

So pray hard tonight for a good tomorrow!

RvP 2 – 1 Sunderland – Player Ratings

Well I haven’t written in a while and the game yesterday may have just sparked my return with a fantastic win if I do say so myself. I also saw many of the downers on Twitter complaining back and forth on our defense and this and that.  Reality is, we conceded 1 goal and it was on a free kick, by one of the best free kickers in the league…

We saw some shaky times from the defense but we can’t expect them to always be completely solid and we all know this!  Mertesacker is still adjusting and there are many negative vibes towards him from Arsenal fans, which are quite premature.  Koscielny was also getting much negativity even though he’s just returning from injury and lets be honest…would you rather have Djourou or Squillaci back there? No so shut it!

Both finishes by the captain were quite fantastic and honestly he could have had more.  His attempt that hit the bar was phenomenal despite it not going in and he proved why he’s one of the best strikers in the world yesterday.  Despite that, I would like to see him played in the position right behind the striker and move Theo to the middle.  Theo has dissappeared in games more and more this season and moving him up front would really free him to use his strength…speed.  He can’t dribble at players, he runs past them.  He moves up front and all of a sudden Arteta and Van Persie have  a player who will have good movement and great speed to pass to.  Not to mention I’d like to see Chamberlain getting more time.

Gervinho had a great first half but was invisible in the second half, but honestly almost every player had a decent performance and it was probably one of the most exciting performances I’ve seen in quite some time from Arsenal.

RATINGS

Szczsney – 7 – Made a fantastic reflex save on the line, made a terrible decision to come out of the goal on a long ball that almost cost a goal.

Jenkinson – 6.5 – You could tell he was nervous, too predictable on the ball and needs to adjust to the speed more, but on the bright side made some great runs forward and looks very comfortable in the attack.

Mertesacker – 7 – Didn’t really do anything noticeably wrong, being unfairly criticized in my opinion at the moment

Koscielny – 6 – Did some good, did some bad especially trying to stay up with the line and catch players with offside traps.  Was solid as always with his tackles.

Gibbs – 7 – Did well on the left and quite unfortunate to get hurt.

Song – 7 – Was a rock wall as the defensive midfielder and won many many tackles.  Unfortunately Songinho didn’t come out today and ruined quite a few chances in the attack with his optimistic long balls from 20 yards out.

Rosicky – 8 – Great game from the Czech with some good runs, and really controlled the midfield.  Rosicky seemed to control much of the tempo of the game and you could tell after the game was tied, he put some urgency into our attack.  I was very impressed with him

Arteta – 6.5 – Was solid but nothing phenom

Walcott – 4 – Wait Walcott played?

Gervinho – 7 – Good assist, made some good runs in the first half and almost had a goal of his own, second half he disappeared and was replaced by Andrey Arshavin.

RvP – 9 – Not much to say really, world class player put in a world class performance.  Haven’t seen a free kick like that from him in quite some time.

Subs

AA23 – 7.5 – Looks like our little Russian may be getting back into some form and he knows he was playing bad, but the display I saw was of confidence and it’s been a while since I’ve seen him show any.  Would love to see him get a chance to start with RvP and Gervinho, could be quite a rampaging front line!

Yossi – 5 – I…do…not…like…Yossi, So I’m biased.  Not sure why we give him a chance and not players like Park, Ryo, Ox, Frimpong, Coquelin who will have a long term future with us.  Yossi almost gave a way a goal as well.

Santos – 7 – Seemed solid, had a poor free kick but did well in defense and looks like he’s finally finding his feet in the EPL.

 

So I’m pumped for the game against Marseilles, but after seeing what they did to Dortmund a little nervous!