Not to put too fine a point on it; yesterday was a cack filled extravaganza. It was bloody awful. There is no point hiding from it or trying to brush it under the rug. On the day, Arsenal simply didn’t perform as well, or anywhere near, as good as we all know they are capable.
I watched the game in fits and burst thanks to the unpredictability of my BT connection but saw 80% of what occurred. Needless to say, the result was far from ideal. Leicester, for all the credit they deserve, are a team we should comfortably dispatch. If anything, we can consider ourselves very fortunate to have left with a point. The team again looked sluggish and lacking cohesion.
Most of the post-match chitter-chatter centred around Yaya Sanogo’s ineffectual performance in a team brimming with ineffectual performances. Often I feel it’s harsh to be so damning of Yaya. Yes – it’s difficult to put forward a case for his inclusion in the starting XI, that I don’t dispute. But he does his best when he’s out there, gets involved and occasionally has a positive impact on games. It’s worth remembering it’s not his fault he gets picked.
And it’s today or bust in which we can recruit that shiny new striker to wash all our troubles down the drain. Add a bustling, physically imposing sh*thouse of a DM and we’d be all set to cruise unopposed to unbridled glory. The transfer window deadline is akin to trying to do a full week’s shop at Tesco 10 minutes before it closes; all the good stuff has gone already (Mesut Ozil being the exception to this rule) and you’re left with a manic rush to find something you want. It’s far from ideal, and undeniably frustrating when you see the likes of Chelsea appear to conduct their deals with simplicity and ease.
What will happen today is anyone’s guess. We could pull something truly wonderful from the hat as we did last year, or sign no one at all. At this stage, either of those possibilities would not surprise me in the slightest. Of course, should the latter of those two scenarios come to fruition, cyberspace and all its incumbents might finally implode.
With the slightest hint of adversity, Twitter reacts like someone has just thrown a live tw*t grenade into a pr*ck house. Debate, opinions, even a little good old fashioned controversy have their place in the world of football. It would surely be achingly tedious without them. Hatred has no place. Hatred invariably rears its hideous visage the moment Arsenal so much as falter, and in such instances I truly wonder why some people bother to follow a football team as it appears they only do so to have an avenue in which to shout, spew and blather vitriolic nonsense.
Some of the bile I’ve seen directed towards Sanogo since the game has been jaw-droppingly awful – things I’d never give the light of day on here by mentioning the what and the whom. For all the faults and reasons for concern, we still remain unbeaten and in relatively good shape. At this very early stage of the season, only Chelsea are setting a quick pace and they will surely stumble at some point. Worrying is an act I reserve for a little further down the line.
My advice, delicious reader, is to log onto your respective news outlets at 10;59pm (GMT) and not a moment before. Doing so will ensure you don’t waste an entire day hanging on the outcome of something that is most likely going to disappoint. We may very well recruit a couple of players, I’d even go as far as saying I’m quietly confident. What I shan’t do is allow any of the opprobrium to infect my little corner of cyberspace at all.
There is too much of that at present.
That’s all for today, folks. What remains for me to do is point you towards the comments and ask your thoughts on the game. Please note, I will not feature your comments at all if they look anything like this:
“WHY DUZ WENGA PLAY THE SANOGO UP FRONT? HE IS RUBBISH AND MUST DIE IN A HOUSE WITH RATS AND CREAM CHESSE CANAPES. I WILL EAT WENGA HEART WITH BAKED BEANS AND TAPIOCA PUDDINGS. TRUE GUNNER 4 LIFE. I AM SO ANGRY BUT I DON’T KNOW WHY. BUY FALCAO AND A PELE/MARADONA HYBRID CYBORG OR WE WILL RELEGATE TO CHAMPIONSHIP AND UNIVERSE WILL PLUNGE INTO DARKNESS”
All I ask is for the expression of your opinions to be respectful of others. What those opinions are is entirely up to you. Plus, it’d be nice to not have to wade through endless dross when I’m doing the moderation.
I’ll be back with more news tomorrow. As always; thanks for reading, you beautiful bastards.