I feel sorry for myself as well as other Arsenal fans…

Polar Bear Face Palm

I post seldom these days. But forgive me for not being so regular when there is nothing actually concrete to talk about. And when I say nothing concrete I mean it with my entire heart (fuck the bottom).

I read other posts pondering what to make out of articles. Irrelevant articles written with no objective or purpose. Its not that these blogs are bad, they are good, but I mean come on, you have to have something to happen for you to  blog about.

At Arsenal, nothing is happening or as we Indians would say : Ghanta ho ra ha he ( It wont make sense if you read it in English, you need a hindi accent !)

The rubbish in the media is something to behold. I mean, normally we classify some reports as ‘jokes’ but sometimes when you read garbage like ‘Suarez to Arsenal, is done in principle’ one feels like telling the author to just go fuck himself.

But lets forget Arsenal for now. (This will be easy as there is nothing to remember in the first place)

Lets go global with the rise of power in France most notably from 2 clubs who quite frankly nobody gave a shit about(actually some people still considered PSG a threat) till last year. AS Monaco have spent roughly 125 million pounds acquiring an arsenal of talent for themselves – Falcao(52.8), Joao Moutinho(22), James Rodriguez(39.6) and Jeremy Toulalan(4.4) most notably apart from Abidal whom they got on a free transfer. The other powerhouse represent Lique 1 champions PSG who have slashed out 55 million for Edison Cavani, 27 million for defender Marquinhos and 13.2 for Lucas Digne.

PSG will pose as the main threat in the champions league and under manager Laurent Blanc they are expected to cause a few upsets having been unluckily eliminated from the champions league last year against Barcelona.

Manchester City having learned from their mistakes last year have gone and spent roughly 100 million pounds acquiring and replacing players. They learnt from the hammering United gave them last year by signing ‘Jesus’ himself, followed by Fernandinho, Negredo and Jovetic, the latter 2 being brought in to replace Balotelli and Carlos Tevez. United on the other hand have responded well by signing Guillermo Varela, a 20 year old Uruguayan fullback.

Liverpool and Arsenal are in the same situation as last summer, the only difference being Arsenal are now doing the dirty business by bidding 40+ for Luis Suarez, the Cannibal. As a player even I would be an idiot to say no to Suarez. He is to Liverpool what Van Persie WAS to Arsenal. But as a person its will be difficult to adjust to defend him. Especially if he comes to Arsenal having said that the reason for him to leave Liverpool is the English media. But I don’t expect this transfer to go through because I don’t see Wenger tabling a 50+ million pound bid for the player.

Wenger has his eye in South America where it has been widely reported that he will pay 21 million to acquire 20 year old midfielder Bernard from Atletico Mineiro. I have never heard of this player, so I will comment on him after I see him play. Correction, I will comment on him IF he EVER plays for Arsenal. And come to think of it, I guess I will be with-holding my opinion on him for EVER.

Chelsea have made some shrewd signings this summer, most notably their manager – Jose Mourinho, who I expect will provide some shape and balance to the team. This is very important because a team without a shape is like a building without pillars. One of the best examples of a team with proper shape and balance last season was Bayern Munich, and looked what they achieved. They also have Lukaku who to be honest is like a surprise package in my opinion. For West Brom last season he was brilliant, now imagine how much he can achieve with the players that surround him currently. Chelsea have also acquired other players such as striker Andre Schurrle, GK Mark Schwarzer and midfielder Marco van Ginkel.

Also in the news, David Moyes  continuously goes on bidding for Fabregas. This transfer seems very unlikely and practically speaking Moyes should go for Fellaini, a man who can actually provide stability to the United midfield. I am not saying Fabregas is bad, all I am saying is that I don’t think he will come especially after his move to Barcelona from Arsenal was compared to a soldier returning home from war !

Speaking of Manchester united, their ex-talisman player Wayne Rooney seems to have taken a stand in wanting to be sold this summer. This is the best time for foreign clubs to capitalise on the situation, and if Rooney does move its probably going to be to Spain. Well, I hope it is, because if he moves to Chelsea as I have heard they have already had an initial 23 million pound bid rejected, then all the clubs in the PL are fucked.

I wont blog often now. I mean, what am I supposed to write on – Arsenal’s possible transfer targets ?  Why Arsenal need this man ? Or should it be why Wenger should do this or that ??

I rather see turtles racing than see Arsenal doing something in the transfer market. The former is so much more interesting as compared to the latter which IS non-existent at the moment.

I have better things to do than waste my time speculating that this and that will happen. And I rather gladly do them.

Ciao

DKD


MATCH PREVIEW : MANCHESTER CITY FC VS ARSENAL FC

Arsenal take on Manchester City at the City of Manchester Stadium this sunday. Now past visits to that stadium has seen us get thumped 3-0 and 4-2. Yeah, it’s not a nice way to say it, but its true. Also, our last visit saw Usain Bolts 2nd cousin sprint on the pitch !

This fixture is going to be a tough-one, Why ? Well firstly because of City’s upgrade in quality due to inflow of green paper. Secondly, they are the only team to have beaten Title Holders Chelsea, and we all know that is no joke. And lastly because the “current situation” at Manchester provides a great platform for them to sent a message to their cross-town pals.

Now I must confess, that our injury list is starting to clear-up (touch-wood). Presently it includes the reputed names of Tommy-V, RVP, Kosher, Almunia and of course long-term absentee Aaron Ramsey. However defender Bacary Sagna is back for the clash at the Eastlands.

Here is the boss’s update on injuries:

“For the weekend, we could have Sagna available,” he said. “That is basically it. Sagna will come back, all the others will be out.

“Manuel Almunia is very, very close but he is not yet completely confident on the stretch of his arm. He must be able to go with force into contact and he still has some pain there.

“Koscielny has a 20 per cent chance to be available.

“Vermaelen is ruled out for the weekend. He will still need two or three weeks. His injury is not a long-term concern but at the start we thought it was a question of days and now it is six weeks.

“You can’t say it is not a concern at all. We are a bit concerned but he has had a final treatment that we think could kill it.”

TEAM LINE-UPS :

——————————————————FABIANSKI———————————————————

—–SAGNA—————–DJOUROU———————————-SQ18——————–CLICHY———–

———————————————————SONG————————————————————–

———————————–CESC———————————NASRI———————————————

——THEO——————————————————————————————-ARSHAVIN——-

—————————————————–CHAMAKH———————————————————–

SUBS : SZCZESNY, GIBBS, EBOUE, DENILSON, DIABY, ROSICKY, NIKKO, VELA

Cheers,

DKD


DEFEAT IS TEMPORARY, BUT GIVING UP MAKES IT PERMANENT..

4 points from the league from a possible 12. But if you thought that Arsenal title hopes are over, think again. Our hopes for silver-ware this season are not over. And it will not be over any time soon.

Presently we sit 7 points adrift of League-leaders Chelsea. Indeed, the league season this time has started with its usual bag of surprises. “Fat Boys” Manchester City presently sit 2nd to the league leaders and ahead of their own kind in red. Just behind them are us, ever loyal and faithful to financial stability. Sadly tied with us are Spuds. They have also tried hard this season, and somehow have managed to crawl up to our level, even though they have not really faced a tough-team barring City. So we are 7 points adrift, but if you think that we are *****d and what that Spanish git Xavi said is going to come true.

“We’ve given up on the idea of him arriving now, but maybe he’ll come in January when Arsenal are out of the Premier League title race. Their team are just not competitive.”

You’re wrong. I believe that the title race will really go down to the wire this season. Partly because of the ‘Fat-kids’ in Manchester. If you think about it a bit, City last season by any means did not play badly. They came 5th and if they would have defeated Spurs, they would have been playing Champions League football this season.

Now coming back to Arsenal. We face Birmingham next-to-next week, and I expect all 3 points from that fixture. Then we travel to Richie-Rich’s mansion in Manchester. That personally is going to be a difficult fixture, but if we have Theo and Fabregas back (and they should be, by then [touch-wood !]), there is no reason why we cannot pick up all 3 points from there as well. After that we entertain West-Ham at the Emirates, and seeing their form, hopefully 3 points from there should not be too much of a  hassle.

Now being a bit of a pessimist, lets say we lose at City, then by November we should at least have 17 points on the league table. The only thing which is bothering me is whether the boss will send out a strong-side for Newcastle away in the Carling Cup, which is after we visit ‘Mancini and his Men’. The Cup’s first round saw Chelsea, Shitty, and Spuds all crash out, leaving th only ‘real’ tough-opponent as Manchester United left. Personally, I feel if we draw with Man-Utd we can beat them, but first we have to win at St. James Park. Now I know AW’s policy is to give the younger-gunners try-outs, but vs Newcastle (who I’m sure will put out a strong side ) I hope he changes his mind.

It is by November that the table starts to take its proper shape. It is at this time that clubs start setting their goals for the campaign. You know, a club like Spuds will target surviving relegation where as a club like Shitty will target top-4.

But not deviating from the point, by the beginning of this month hopefully, we should have RVP back. And then the real title-charge can start….

Now I know November is going to be a real tough month as we face Everton, Wolves and Villa (all away), but to be ”Champions” one has to over-come such difficulties. Upto today I have never doubted that my team have the calibre to win, but its up to them to prove me right..

Will they or will they not, that is the question……but till then, a request to all you Gooners out there – Never lose faith.

Cheers from the Armoury,

DKD


MATCH PREVIEW : ARSENAL FC VS WEST BROMWICH ALBION

Tomorrow we take on West Bromvich Albion at the Emirates. Now this may look like an easy 3 points, but I’m a bit of a pessimist, so it’s not going to be that easy.

INJURIES :

The Injury-list has added new recruits following last weeks Premier league and Carling cup matches.

RVP, Theo, Nikko, Aaron, and Tommy-V are the old citizens where as now we have added to the list, the reputed names of Captain Cesc Fabregas and Gibbs. Predicting from natural trends we should pretty soon have our ‘first team’ in this category.

Tomas Rosicky and Eboue are both doubtful to play and face fitness tests on Friday.

However, midfielder Abou Diaby may return this week.

PROBABLE TEAM LINE UP :

————————————————————ALMUNIA————————————————-

—–SAGNA———————KOSHER———————————–SQ18————————CLICHY-

————————————————————–SONG——————————————————

——————————————DIABY————————-WILSHERE———————————–

——-NASRI——————————————————————————————-ARSHAVIN–

———————————————————-CHAMAKH————————————————–

Best of luck lads,   &

Cheers,

DKD


A FOOTBALLERS LESSON…

The word ‘initiative’ can really define what type of football player one sets out to be. In a nutshell, what I mean is, that the very fact that separates a Michael Essien or a Frank Lampard from a Neves Denilson, is that 10 letter word. Now before you read this article let me clarify what I actually mean by this word, so nobody gets confused. The word ‘Initiative’ which I have used in this context means the ability to produce a performance which affects the results of the match in a positive manner. A standard may be set at 8 – 9/ 10.

Consider this,

CASE 1 :

A derby match between Manchester United and Arsenal is taking place at OldTrafford. The score is tied at 1-1, it is the 89 min, and the ref adds 2 minutes of extra time. Thomas Vermaelen gets the ball he passes it to Sagna. The french-man makes a darting run from the right side, past J.S Park and plays it to Diaby. Diaby gets the ball and rolls it to Cesc. Cesc runs forward, past Fletcher and plays it left to Nasri. Nasri side-steps right, does a drag-back, turns 340 degrees and gives it to Arshavin who sprints past O’Shea and crosses only for the ball to be headed back by Evans about 25-30 yards from VDS. The ball comes to the legs of Cesc Fabregas. What is the most likely thing he will do ? The guy will shoot. What can happen –

1. The ball may rebound of some player and go back to the Arsenal half, where Vermaelen or SQ18  is there to collect.

2. The ball may be on target, and VDS saves it…thus a corner may be won or,

3. The ball may land in the back of the net, and Gooners all over the world would probably scream in Joy…(done that !)

Now this is the story of Cesc Fabregas, the guy who is most likely set to leave for ‘FC Basterdlona’ next year. The basic difference is Initiative. The will to take the ball or the game to the opponent and thus create an impression. That is what makes players great.

CASE 2 :

The same situation, but the ball comes to Denilson. What will he do ?

1. Either he will play the ball back to Tommy-V or SQ18 or,

2.Roll it to Sagna to cross  or Cesc to repeat Case 1.

Now I want to clear something. I do not hate Denilson. I have always regarded him as one very good prospect. But when you play for Arsenal FC and have done so for the last 4 years, Gooners will expect you to give something more, something special to the club. Its not that Neves does not take the initiative. He does, but rarely..

Consider these 3 cases when the guy took the initiative :

  • He smashed a 25 yard cracker in the 6-1 victory against Everton, when the score was 0-0.
  • The free kick he scored against Hull City at the Emirates
  • The shot which he took against Hull in the 94th minute, where Nikko scored on the re-bound.

It’s really sad to see a guy with so much talent , playing for a top club and “not” shining. I always expect Denilson to step it up each season, but the guy always disappoints me.

Why can’t we say that no matter if Cesc is gone Denilson is there or Nasri is there ?

Why is it always RVP, Chamakh, Arshavin oR TW 14 (new recruit), Cesc ?

The dependence on 1 player is something which I really cannot stand in clubs. Moreover, in Arsenal it makes me get even more pissed off, as it is a club I love.

Liverpool depend on Torres and Gerrard, Manchester United on Rooney.The real fact is that without some of these players, opposing teams get the feeling that “yes” we can get something out of this game. Its true, and I have always harped on the same fact with my friends who support these clubs. Sadly, Arsenal are tending into that situation and it will reach that point if players do not start taking the game to their opponents.

Lets talk about another guy from Arsenal –  Samir Nasri. He was bought by Arsenal for about 12.5 ml pounds. I honestly have never seen Nasri take any ‘real’ initiative ever (maybe 1-3 times in his entire career for AFC). I remember he once took it against Manchester United and we won that game 2-1 at the Emirates. The other was recently in pre-season – when he took some initiative. His performance was remarkable there. But that form or standard of performance should have been brought into the league. Sadly it died out.

Here is the recent comment by Rosicky on Nasri and Chamakh :

Fabregas and (Andrey) Arshavin were not on the pitch at that time. Ahead of the kick I communicated with (Samir) Nasri and (Marouane) Chamakh but nobody wanted to take responsibility, so I did.

Now Rosicky is not a bad player and neither is Chamakh or Nasri. They play for Arsenal after all. But here is proof. Nasri did not want to take the responsiblity, neither did Chamakh. Marouane still performs and his new to the club,  so I am giving him some leverage here. But Samir has been with club for 3 whole seasons. He should have been man enough to take the penalty there. Even Le Boss was shocked that Nasri never took the penalty.

When the guy did take the responsibility against Spurs he scored, not once but twice.

“I provoked the foul and then I didn’t take the penalty,” Nasri said. “But after I talked with the boss and said, ‘Next time I will take the penalty’, and I scored.”

Now please do forgive me if I have some stats about the players stats about the player wrong ( like,maybe Nasri took the initiative 1-3 times in his entire career for AFC), but what I am trying to say is that these players do not give constantly good performances.

To make it more clear, lets say Cesc Fabregas plays a few matches. The guy plays remarkably well and he creates an impression that Arsenal fans can rely on him, when the team need someone and, this remains permanent. A guy like Nasri, does not create this impression, and even if he does, sadly it’s temporary. For eg. The performance he gave against Porto in the champions league was outstanding, but have you seen any recent performance after that you can compare to that ‘level of performance.’ No !

Now, it’s not that these players don’t have “talent” to be the best. Simply, it’s just the lack of initiative or rather will. You can compare these players to those kids at school who are really studious and brainy but when the time comes to speak about something in class, or give a presentation or seminar they **** in their pants! My question is why?

Its confusing, because to play for Arsenal FC is tenseful enough. When you play, the world watches, that fact doesn’t deter any of them. But to take a shot, or dribble or give a killer pass is what frightens them.If they take the initiative or will, then can they only make a difference. In the past, when they have , they have performed really well, so its not a case of “flukes” is it ?

Before ending my article, I’ll leave you with this thought. You will usually hear commentators say that Arsenal have often been criticised for passing the ball more often than shooting. Why? Is it that most Arsenal players are too ‘shy’ to take the initiative or is it that most of the players just prefer passing the ball around like play-ground children to entertain fans around the planet ?

Feel free to comment below.

Cheers,

DKD


MATCH REPORT : SUNDERLAND 1 – 1 ARSENAL FC

A 10 man Arsenal stumbled to a 1-1 draw infront of 38950 fans at the stadium of light on saturday courtesy of a “late-late” goal by Darren Bent.

In the first minute Hendersen volleyed out of the stadium. Arsenal did not touch much of the ball within the 1st 3 minutes. In the 4th min however, Arshavin after receiving a pass from Song skied his shot. Although Sunderland did boss over the game in the 1st 10 mins, yet they failed to create any clear chances…

However things changed from then.The 11th min saw Onuoha get a free-header and miss. 2 mins later witnessed one of the most weirdest and ‘wonderful’  goal of the season. Anton Ferdinand ‘fierce’ clearance just before the centre-line of the pitch rebounded of Cesc’s loose ankle. Moments later the ball had flown back 35-40 yards towards the Sunderland goal and into the net, past a dumb-struck Mignolet…1-0 to the Arsenal.

Minutes later Malbranque ran into SQ18, asking for a penalty, but the ref wavered it off. 2 mins later the sco-…I mean the corner stats read Sunderland 4-0 Arsenal.

Arsenal did not play well. To add on more bad news, Cesc picked up a knock on his hamstring and had to be subbed off for Roscicly in the 28th minute. The team was in ruins. And had no idea what was going on.

By half-an hour we could ask ourselves the question – Did we score ? Because frankly, Sunderland were all over us. In the 31st min, it should have been 1-1, when Al-Muhammadi’s cross was met by Riveros’s head, but he missed the target. In the 37th minute, Song got booked, probably because of his reaction to an honest tackle…

Bad was not the right word to describe the performance of the team. Sunderland were head and shoulders above us. Just before half-time, Chamakh won a corner which came to nothing and Welbeck flicked Al’s cross straight to Almunia..This was not Arsenal, it was probably Spurs- pathetic, sad, and crude football.

When the second-half began, Malbranque put Welbeck through but he squandered his chance. A min later Chamakh drove a cross to Arshavin but he missed. 2 mins later when Song gave the ball to the ‘Little Russian’ he smashed it wide…this was becoming a habit for him. In the 51st minute 2 things happened – Bent had a tough chance but he missed, and Chamakh was put thorugh on goal by Nasri, but the the Moroccan just couldn’t convert.

The turning point of the match however came in the 54th min, when Song was ridiculously sent off for a soft-challenge on  Malbranque.

After this, I lost count of the number of times Almunia’s goal was barraged. Bent smashed the ball wide after a short corner was played up by Hendersen. 4 mins past the hour-mark Ferdinands flick header was headed of the far post by Clichy.

Arsenal had spells of brilliant passing and movement. Rosicky,Nasri, Chamakh, Wilshere and Denilson all played some neat football but it was pointless, up to the 73rd min, when Nasri won a penalty.

Now, if this was a goal, the match would have been put to bed. But sadly, Rosicky blasted it over. Sunderland survived, now it was our turn….

In the 80th minute, Sunderland had a real chance to equalise, when Gyan (who was brought on for Riveros in the 63rd min ) headed the ball from Malbranque straight to Almunia.

The next few minutes saw Arsenal keeping possession. We just had to survive the Black Cats onslaught..

Within the next 5 mins,  Denilson gave a sole counter-attack, only to have his shot go wide. Henderson ground shot was saved by Almunia, and Al Muhammadi won a corner which we survived…. The fourth official held up his board – 4 minutes were added.

In the latter stages of the 93rd minute Bramble won another corner.Denilson did clear the ball, but the referee never blew the whistle. Time was up, he should have blown his  whistle….In the 95 min, God knows why it came here, after a scrappy scene, Darren Bent humbled Arsenal with an equalizer. It was 1-1…

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Apart from the fact that the referee should have blown his whistle and Songs ridiculous red card, we played crap. Some may say it was because Cesc was off, but I disagree. The team as a whole really played badly. No free passing, no free flowing movement. Except for a few spells of the “beautiful game”, we really played awful. The draw was more hurtful because we gave up the opportunity to lead the standings and go ahead of Chelsea. Anyway, whats done is done…

Next up, WBA at the Emirates…..


MATCH PREVIEW : SUNDERLAND VS ARSENAL FC

Arsenal shall take on Sunderland at the Stadium of Light this week. The Gunners last visit here did not go the way it was supposed to with the team stumbling to a 1-0 defeat, courtesy of a Darren Bent finish.

Among those injured include the names of: Theo, RVP, Nikko, Aaron. The boss had given us an update on Abou’s status before the match against  SC Braga.

“I’m vague [about the length of Diaby’s absence] because it’s the ankle on which he had surgery,” said the manager.

“I was very anxious because he had a scan yesterday [Monday] and with Diaby there are always bad surprises on the scan. But the scan looks quite promising.

“We don’t know how long he will be out as we don’t know how long the inflammation will take to go down.”

However the clubs official website yesterday stated that Abou and Tommy- V are expected to be back in the squad to face West Brom next week. ( So I guess it’s not that bad after all… )

THE TEAM SHOULD LOOK SOMETHING LIKE THIS :

——————————————————– ALMUNIA—————————————————–

—–SAGNA———————SQUILLACI———————————-KOSHER————————–CLICHY

———————————————————-SONG———————————————————-

———————————-CESC——————————————-WILSHERE——————————–

–ROSICKY—————————————–CHAMAKH————————————ARSHAVIN—-

SUBS : FABIANSKI, EBOUE, DJOUROU, VELA, DENILSON, GIBBS, NASRI

Best of luck lads….