After all the ranting over my last two posts, I have probably toned down a little, over the past couple of days. Maybe it’s the week I have taken off from work, to study for my exams, or probably resigning to the fact that this is going to be another long hard season.
The AGM, to be frank was a real big piss off. A complete joke according to me. “Thank you for you interest in our affairs.” is how the AGM ended. I cannot fathom what the board must be thinking taking us loyal supporters for a ride like this. Interest in our affairs. Sounds so businessy and not even a tad related to football, which we are really concerned about.
Everytime the AGM comes across, there are talks about financial profits, and how well the club is doing commercially, yet so little is talked about what really matters, the fucking football. It hurts to see a fantastic manager like Arsene Wenger have to make do with such a bunch of twats, after being the darling of David Dein. In short, I am just hurting right now. But, this is going to be a short preview, of today’s game. Maybe I will rant about all this some time in the future, after my exams.
Oh well, where better to start than with the commercial gains that the club is expected to make, now being close to signing Adidas as their kit sponsors. I have never really liked Adidas, just for the fact that they supply Chelsea’s kits, but hey, if it gets an additional £12 million, to go into the pockets of Stan Kroenke PLC and Ivan Gazidis Incorporates, why not? Bring it on, I say.
More important matters, then. Steve Bould and Thomas Vermaelen are equally clueless as to what has gone wrong with the team over the last couple of games. After the brilliant defensive start, where we conceded when we wanted to, we have really started conceding, when the opposition want us to.
After 3 clean sheets in a row, and the entire league taking notice of our much improved defensive abilities, we have now shipped goals in every game since. Southampton, Montpellier, Manchester City, Coventry City, Chelsea, Olympiakos, West Ham, Norwich and now Schalke. That’s a total of 11 goals in 9 games, to completely undo what was being hailed as the Bould effect.
The international break may have undone us a bit, but reasons will always be there. Manchester City, Chelsea all won their games over the weekend, while Manchester United showed great mental strength in midweek, to come from 2 goals behind to win 3-2 at home to Braga.
And this is the kind of self belief that Thomas Vermaelen and Carl Jenkinson have called on for, as the team looks to put behind these poor performances.
TV5 – I should stress that the last two results have not been about our mentality,Everyone here works hard, and I can honestly say that the attitude in this group is fantastic. A few weeks ago we played a good game at West Ham and won 3-1, and you don’t lose that in the space of seven days.Two negative results can put you down very quickly in football, but a couple of good games will do exactly the opposite. Of course it’s been a disappointing and frustrating week, but we know we have the quality to get back on track.
Corporal – We were aware Schalke were a good side but we could have prevented the goals we conceded,The most disappointing thing is that in the last two games we haven’t played as we can. We were playing so well before the break, but now we’re on a downer. The good thing in football, though, is that you can bounce back straight away with this game against QPR.Everyone was angry and disappointed after the [Norwich] game, there’s no hiding from that and I’m not going to tell you differently,But there is spirit and belief in this squad and we’ve shown that when we play to our full potential we can beat anyone in the world.I genuinely believe that. It’s just about finding the consistency and putting in the kind of performances we did at Liverpool and doing that week in, week out. If we can do that, we can go very far this season. It’s just about finding the level of performance and having the fight and mentality to come out of the other side of this dip, and come out stronger.
In other news, Robert Pires has taken a liking to the skililfull Montpellier winger Remy Cabella, who impressed me as well, with his trickery over a month back, in the Champions League opener. The Arsenal legend went on to say Cabella could suit perfectly to Arsenal’s system. But, with the reported £70 million warchest likely to be used to sit upon, we shouldn’t be pondering over such trivial matters.
To some team news then. The weekend will mark the return to first team action for Jack Wilshere, and Bacary Sagna, who could feature in some capacity. Wilshere has been out of first team action for nearly 15 months now, while Sagna hasn’t played since May. However, the manager has asked fans and media alike to be patient with Jack.
It is not possible, it is certain. He will be a better player,If you have this kind of injury at the age of 20 you will take off again and move forward normally. At his age it is no problem.We even have to calm him down.He goes for every challenge and has no apprehension. If you protect the ball and somebody tackles you from behind and kills your knee, when you come back it will be difficult to protect the ball in the same position.Jack has none of that. He has not been injured in a specific tackle.
Apart from that, The Ox is still some way from returning, and given only a 60% chance of being in the squad. Rosicky, Diaby, Szczesny, Gibbs, Walcott still remain out. Defence will be a concern again, and it will be interesting too see, if Arsenal stick with Andre Santos at left-back, or start with Koscielny in central defence, and Vermaelen at left-back. Koscielny has been admirably patient this season, and has praised BFG for his fantastic ‘Merformances’ this season, as well as his ‘Merteceptions’. 😉 Sorry for that.
Andrew Johnson is still injured and the perenially injured Kieran Dyer, is well, perenially injured. Fabio is expected to return, but former Arsenal left-back Armand Traore is expected to start.
This is how I can see the two sides lining up.
QPR have plenty of familiar names, and enough names who have heaped misery on us in the past. For starters, Park Ji Sung and Bobby Zamora always seem to score against Arsenal. Zamora has scored against Arsenal, for all his previous 2 clubs, West Ham and Fulham, and constantly heckled the Arsenal defence. I cannot even count the number of goals Park has scored. The Champions league quarter finals in 09/10, in the harrowing 8-2 loss, oh even, 6 years back in the 2-1 win, couple of years back, in a 1-0 win etc etc.
Junior Hoillett was a constant thorn last season, when Arsenal lost 4-3 to Blackburn, while Samba Diakite and Adel Taarabt scored the goals for QPR last season, as the Gunners slumped to a 2-1 loss. There is enough quality in the QPR side. Brazilian international goalkeeper Julio Cesar comes with massive experience, as does former Chelsea right back Jose Bosingwa. Esteban Granero has struggled a bit, but he is a decent player, having been acquired from Real Madrid over the summer.
QPR have had a poor start, having lost 5 of their opening 8 games, and drawing the other 3. But considering Arsenal’s poor form and jaded performances, QPR will be buoyed and could provide a stern test, and will look to heckle the Gunners and look to attack on the counter, as Schalke did so effectively. Our defence will have another stern test, as will the forward line to put some smiles back on the faces of us.
Come on Arsenal. Give us something, anything. A 1-0 win. Just a win, even if it bounces of Ryan Nelsen’s buttcheek, onto Bosingwa’s head, looping over Park Ji Sung, in between the legs of Stephane M’Bia and under Julio Cesar’s outstretched hands. Please.
Enjoy the game wherever you are.
Jai Arsenal 🙂