It’s Tuesday, and the stink of Sunday’s calamitous performance is still lingering. I’m still p*ssed off. Not angry, just p*ssed off. At this stage, you kinda have to just put it down to being ‘one of those things‘ even if ‘one of those things‘ is somethings that occurs to Arsenal with alarmingly regularity.
So, with that in mind I’m going to stop being p*ssed off at the result and move towards new, positive emotional states.
So what’s cracking today (as they might say on ‘Tha Streetz”)?
Most of what I come across when having a browse surrounds a new striker being acquired before the transfer window closes at the end of the month. Olivier Giroud, through no fault or failings of his own, is regularly sited as being of insufficient standard to fire Arsenal toward Premiership glory. The same stories invariably go hand in hand with tales of an impending bid for Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema – a story I still consider highly unlikely and one I’m not at all sure would be the answer to any supposed problems (I do also have my own personal reasons for not wanting the deal to happen… Me and my big mouth)
I guess the question is do we need another striker?
It’s difficult to really put forward a case for not wanting to see something big happen in that department. After all, if we can sign a better player, one that will improve us in that area, then there is no reason to not want to see it happen. I said above I don’t see Benzema as the answer and I stand by that. Whether it be sheer stupidity on my part or otherwise, I just have a feeling he won’t really be what we need. I’d be the first to admit there is no real reason for what I’m saying here, other than the aforementioned gut instinct. Sometimes you get a good feeling for a player at Arsenal, others you don’t.
However, I would like to see someone come in. The season is a long, arduous trek and options and strength in depth are needed. We have options in abundance to get us goals from midfield and the wide areas, but only really Giroud and Welbeck suited to playing through the middle – I still consider Theo and Alexis far better deployed on the right/left side of our attack.
The next step is to look at the ‘who’. Ideally, the player I would have liked to see is Lacazette at Lyon, who looks the real deal from what I’ve seen. With him signing a new contract with the French side his departure is unlikely to happen until the following season. Taking him out of the equation leaves me stumped. If there’s an available forward that will be an improvement on what we have that we could get in the next 3 weeks, I don’t have a clue who he is.
I do think the defeat on Sunday might be a catalyst for some last minute tinkering from Arsene, but I doubt we’ll see another Ozil-esque signing on the last day. If I was a betting man, I’d wager Arsene will go with what he has and Walcott will start quite a few games played through the middle should Giroud need a rest or the opponents be more suited to a player with pace.
Elsewhere, strangely, pundits and media folk have leapt to the defence of Petr Cech following his poor showing in the opener – most of which I can only assume is being done by those who bigged him up as the saviour of our failing defence and don’t wish to appear stupid.
I was as surprised as the rest of you to see someone so reliable fluff his lines and cost us one (arguably two) goals, but there is no reason for concern. Cech is too good and too experienced to allow those moments to be anything other than a momentary blip and across the course of a season he’ll certainly earn us more points through his ability than he will lose us through mistakes.
Wisely, Arsene had this to say about the concessions:
“I haven’t spoken to Cech. The first goal was a defensive lapse – a collective lapse. The concentration maybe was not completely there on the set-piece, the organisation was not perfect.
“We were too far from our goal. We gave him too much distance to run into. We killed ourselves. With the experience we have in our team, it’s difficult to understand.
“I can’t see many individual convincing performances today so it’s difficult to single one out. Our passing was not incisive enough. Today we have to look at ourselves. We were not good enough.
And that I completely agree with. No one player was culpable, they all were.
That’s all in the past now. Whilst far from ideal or confidence boosting, it’s done and the important thing is how we react. Every team in the league will drop points and falter at some stage, the eventual winners will be determined by those that react quickest and get themselves back on track. It’s the sign of a championship winning team and it’s important we focus more on showing ourselves capable of that than picking apart mistakes.
That’s all for today, folks. The comments await below. Perhaps you’ve a favoured striker you’d like to see gracing the hallowed turf of The Emirates. Take a moment to let me know who that is and feel free to share anything else that might be on your mind.
I’ll be back soon with more. Until that time, and as always; thanks for reading, you beautiful bastards.