It was a much needed win for us against Udinese, and didn’t the Old Arsenal show up. You see, the reason for my happiness is simple. I was happy because the team yesterday showed that they can come back under difficult circumstances. With a young side, we were 1-0 down, tied on aggregate, away, at Italy, and we came back to win 1-2. Take a deep breath and re-read what I wrote, may be then you will see the importance of our performance, that is if you doubt it.
SNAP BACK TO REALITY
As I had written earlier, I was disappointed with the team in the first half. They showed alot of excitement for the first 10 mins before they were forced to calm down. Maintaining focus was crucial in such a match, and we did lose our focus numerous times. Udinese hit the post, and the defense was split open more than once.
It worries me that as an attacking force we forget to ensure proper cover for our defense. Carl Jenkinson was ‘decent’ as an attacking threat but at the same time our weak point in the defense. The right back slot was continuously under pressure from Udinese, and the intensity especially increased when the youngster went up, lost possession and did not track back in time. I remember once in the first half when it became a 3 on 2 CBs scenario. Thankfully Sagna at LB covered us otherwise, who knows what could have happened.
He is young and I am aware of that. But the point is that he needs to learn slowly, not at such a expeditious rate. If we had a left back Jenkinson would have never started. Rather, he would be brought on to replace Sagna in every game. He was bought as a back-up for Sagna, who in my opinion is a great RB. But due to a lack of signings we play him(Bacary) at LB, and use him ineffectively.
I still remain dubious about our defense. You see, today it was Udinese, so we made it through. Tomorrow when we face United, Jenkinson will be facing the likes of Young and Nani. Do you think he can afford to botch up then ?
Among the one thing I found common in the comment section of my last-to-last post is that people ARE STILL looking to Wenger to sign players. I am happy that Gooners didn’t get carried away too much by the result of one game. Yes, even I was happy but one should never get himself carried away due to one result.
Anyway, what is done is done, so let’s forget about it.
Let’s talk about something else. Ahh yes, that French bloke Samir Nasri. I liked Nasri, that is until yesterday. You see it does not upset me that he has signed for City. Well, not as much as what Samir said about us.
“I have heard people say I have moved for money. I make a good living at City, that is true, but I am 24 years old and I have reached a turning point in my career and it was important that I joined a club with ambition.
“I believe I have more chance of winning titles at Manchester City than at Arsenal.”
Nasri added: “When did I make my decision? Early in July, when we returned for pre-season. I told the coach (Arsene Wenger) that I wanted to leave.
“Is it a risk joining Manchester City? You have to take risks in life. I am not afraid to do so.
“There is a big squad here but competition is good, it makes you push yourself and stops you from becoming stale.
“Was that the case at Arsenal? Maybe.”
As an Arsenal fan, would you want to hear this from a player who you cheered on last season. By the last lines of his comments, he has showed dis-respect to fans, and more importantly dis-respect to his team-mates. He played with these people through-out last season, and in 2 days, after 1 flight he has started to imply that they were not good enough. If he was asked about the risk situation at City, he could have said what he said without the last line. But he chose not to….Bastard !
Nasri was one of my Favourite Gunners, but now he is a Citizen of Manchester, so fuck you, you piece of horse shit.
Speaking of Manchester, we travel there this Sunday. The champions at OT. Our record at OT is not one to boast of, and what makes matter worst is that we start the match with one man down. Why ?
Howard Webb is the referee.
Will be out with the preview soon Gooners.