You know that awkward feeling you get went you enter a room 15 minutes later than you should, and everyone else is already there? That’s how I’m feeling whilst writing this. My blogging in recent months has been, well, shit. For a site that boasts to be updated daily, The Armchair Gooner is doing anything but.
Truth be told, I’m struggling at the moment to find time. I’ve a lot going on, I’ve spent two weeks in Malta where the internet connection was woeful, and I’ve lost track of the routine. I’d like to think I’ll eventually re-find that routine, and things will go back to the way they were, but that, alas, is far from a promise I can absolutely keep.
But that’s just rambling. Let’s talk some Arse, shall we?
Since I last posted, things have certainly started to look good. We’ve come away with three points from Anfield, we’ve thumped Southampton, won away in France and started finding the back of the net – with the notable exception of Giroud, that is. We’ll get to him a bit later.
The most gratifying element, for me at least, in the manner in which we’ve gone about starting the season. Instead of 10 players trying to get the ball to Robin van Persie, we look like a team – a team with an interchangeable front line, and orchestrated by the utterly brilliant Santi Cazorla. Arteta and Diaby have formed an effective and disciplined partnership in the centre of midfield and we look far more secure when there is no Alex Song bounding around the left wing trying to complete impossible passes. I’m sorry, I know some of you were fans of the Cameroonian, but not me. Same applies to Walcott; there are far better players out there, and losing him wouldn’t be of any real concern. If he wants to stay, great; he’s a handful on his day. However, ask yourselves how often that day actually occurs, and if he truly is worth a bumper contract?
I’m digressing slightly.
Defensively stability has also improved, thanks in no small measure to the ‘Bould’ influence. The personnel have remained, but they look organised and marshalled, as if someone has pointed out to them that which was painfully obvious to those of us watching; if your full-back is in the centre circle, and your centre-back is in the opposition penalty area during an attack, you’ll concede goals.
All in all, I go into the weekend’s game at Manchester City with a fair bit of hope we can come away with a good result. Podolski is scoring goals, Gervinho looks as if he may be over the ‘first season blues’, and, for all his detractors, Giroud still has a presence and a good ethic to work for the team. I’m sure once he settles into the team, the goals will come. I’d be telling lies if I said I viewed this season with anything other than dread before it began. I envisaged more of the same troubles and disappointments that plagued the last.
Hopefully, the team will continue to show me just how wrong I can be.
Thanks for reading today, you beautiful bastards. I shall return.