RvP Leads Arsenal To Cardiff (Again)

Slightly delayed return following yesterday’s birthday celebrations but back into the swing of things.

It was surprising to realise that Arsenal were in the fourth round of the FA Cup with all of the doom and gloom in the media following Saturday’s 3 – 1 win over Plymouth at The Emirates. It is hard sometimes to fathom exactly what is wanted from the team in matches such as these. No, it was not a vintage Arsenal performance yet, with all due respect to the opposition, Plymouth did not extend the team and the objective surely overrides the events on the pitch? Whilst there is an expectation from us as supporters to be ‘entertained’, is that not secondary in these matches?

There were positives that, for me, override the ‘negative’ image of the match. Individuals showed that they are preparing to step up into the first team in seasons to come. That does not negate the necessity for Wenger to strengthen in the current transfer window nor should it ‘kill’ routes to the first team. If a younger player is better than the current incumbent, they will find their place as Djourou did this season.

Gibbs, for me, was a bright point in the match. There are some weaknesses to be ironed out but he was purposeful in going forward, his distribution perhaps helped by starting his career further forward. Fabianksi had an interesting afternoon, one that marked his style out as different to Almunia. His willingness to come from crosses, despite not always making the best of contacts, is refreshing. Perhaps it is a pity that he is not more experienced for that kind of aggression and willingness to attack the ball in the area may hold the defence together under pressure from high balls.

In midfield, it was very much a mixed bag. For Nasri, he seemed more effective in the centre post the interval. I am not sure whether that was a ‘concious’ decision on his part or simply that Plymouth found it harder to deny him possession. Whatever the cause, the impact was more noticeable, serving to emphasise the point that he is becoming rather rapidly a key player in the side. Ramsey meanwhile had a hit and miss game. His abilities were clear to see but surrenders possession too cheaply at times. It is something that will be cleared up in time and with more experience. As for Diaby and Eboue, it was a match that they will not want to remember. Not for the paucity of their performances – they were average – simply because they did not do themselves justice. Both are capable of better yet they did their jobs quietly. Diaby concentrated more on his defensive duties which robbed him of the surging runs that are a key quality to his game. In this role, it would be easy to compare him to Vieira which if he can balance the two aspects of his game would be an ideal role. Plus he needs to stay injury-free.

Up front, Bendtner flattered to deceive. Speculation at the weekend linked him with West Ham as a makeweight in some idle transfer gossip and to be honest, his performance was the type that would be expected from one of their forwards. It is difficult to reconcile his self-belief with his performance on afternoons such as this. He can make it at Arsenal but he is starting to remind me of Kevin Campbell; lots of ability but question marks emerging over whether he can make it at Arsenal.

He would do well to learn from van Persie, who lead the team well through his effort. Involved in all of the goals and a livewire performance. Criticism of him in the media suggests jealousy on the part of the journalists in question. Jealous that they had limited football ability and the fact that he is determined to defy their proposition that Arsenal cannot win a trophy this season.

A trip to a Cardiff side who are in the upper echelons of the Championship suggests that a strong side will need to be fielded in the next round but it is that phrase which matters – ‘next round’ and Arsenal are there.

’til Tomorrow.

110 thoughts on “RvP Leads Arsenal To Cardiff (Again)

  1. Frank says:

    …why not….although the prototype pasta ones have not been a success…go all floppy after a few minutes and no noise comes out…have to use a Turkish original I reckon…

  2. Frank says:

    Btw everyone…if a seat near you is continually or regularly empty and you are unable to have a word with the owner…….complain to the club….

  3. Blackstock says:

    Yes yes Frank, that’s the spirit! I’ll see what I can do.

    I was just thinking this morning, when Arsene Wenger said that this Arsenal side were “on the verge of league domination”, it seemed that many people, including many of our own fans, chose to laugh out loud at the suggestion.

    But hold on… let’s re-evaluate that statement for a second. Look at this list of players below and tell me, as an Arsenal fan, if you can’t feel an immense sense of pride at the sheer amount of talent and class which lies in the squad:

    Samir Nasri
    Cesc Fabregas
    Theo Walcott
    Eduardo Da Silva
    Bacary Sagna
    Emmanuel Adebayor
    Tomas Rosicky
    Robin van Persie
    Gael Clichy

    Now those are all world class players who in my opinion, could play in any top team in the world (bar Rosicky, if he wasn’t quite so broken half the time).

    But then… look at our amazing up and comers:

    Carlos Vela
    Denilson
    Abou Diaby
    Aaron Ramsey
    Johan Djourou
    Alexandre Song
    Amaury Bischoff
    Jack Wilshere

    And tell me WHAT OTHER CLUB ON THIS PLANET has this kind of incredible talent coming through the ranks at stampede pace? None, and yet this is only the tip of the iceberg.

    So as everyone is aware, the only problem is a void in defense and the need for an extra midfielder. Djourou is class but Kolo seems past his prime, Gallas is a good player but a bit of a prick. Silvestre is just, well, Silvestre. This is hardly some kind of emergency, squad-wise. So if we were to get in Mathew Upson (i’d love to see him return back to the Arsenal) and Arshavin as all the reports suggest, then tell me how you could not look at this list and feel that with these players, we can do incredible things:

    Samir Nasri
    Cesc Fabregas
    Theo Walcott
    Mathew Upson
    Abou Diaby
    Eduardo Da Silva
    Bacary Sagna
    Aaron Ramsey
    Emmanuel Adebayor
    Andrei Arshavin
    Denilson
    Jack Wilshere
    Johan Djourou
    Tomas Rosicky
    Robin van Persie
    Carlos Vela
    Alexandre Song
    Gael Clichy

    JUST LOOK AT IT! Would you trade that for any other side in the world at the moment? Not me.

    Now I know a lot of people here will be reading this and thinking “I knew this already, why is this broken record telling me what I already know?”, but I just kinda woke up this morning and felt that I should really be taking more pride in the players regardless of some of our recent results, and I know that there’s a LOT of non-believers out there. I read comments on blogs slagging off our team like we’re some group of two-bob amateurs, yet then I run my eyes down the list above and I see some kind of incredible explosion of football genius just waiting to blow everyone away. So for all of those non-believers out there, with your help and your belief, this team can and will go on to dominate the league. You just have to wake up and see it, vision it!!

  4. F. Frederick Skitty says:

    Well said Blackstock!

    IMO just one season with hardly any serious injuries where it hurts, is all it would take for us to get there.

    Battle-hardening is what our players need and they can’t get that if they are not given time. The amount of time, by the way, cannot be decided from our seats, armchairs and keyboards. Booing and calling for players to be sold is quite breath-taking in its ignorance and counter-productiveness.FFS!

  5. F. Frederick Skitty says:

    Is “counter-productiveness” a word?

  6. Frank says:

    OK everyone…YW has posted again…let us not forget the threads of this discussion though…..we need to improve our visible support…matchday…blogsite etc etc…..don’t forget the Rocket at 13.00 on Saturday….

  7. free bet says:

    Arsenal just needs to sharpen up really, they badly need Rosicky back passing upward as they have no offensive midfielder like him and badly need him

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