Arsenal Mess Around By The River

Fulham 2 – 2 Arsenal

1 – 0 Sidwell (26)
1 – 1 van Persie (29)
2 – 1 Zamora (56)
2 – 2 Walcott (89)

Gera sent off (74)

And so the season is over. A match that had the intensity of a training session took place down by the River Thames yesterday, one which you would not have believed that Arsenal had to win in order to have any chance of finishing third. Fourth place was accepted beforehand and it duly arrived.

As funny as it is to see Birmingham City slip into the Championship – now you know how it feels to lose a cup final in the last minute – Arsenal’s form since that fateful February encounter has been no better which for a team that had title aspirations, is simply not good enough.

Fulham started brightly yet seemed to content to take advantage of the windy conditions, the long ball style of play that symbolises Mark Hughes managerial career came to the fore. Consequently, possession was surrendered cheaply and frequently.

Arsenal probed and created the first chance of the day, the aerial threat possessed by Kieran Gibbs has been well disguised throughout his career. The youngster though brought a fine save from Mark Schwarzer.

As Arsenal threatened to take the ascendency; Fulham scored. Zamora found space on the right and waited until the right moment, Sidwell provided that and the finish.

It was joy for the hosts that was short-lived. Diaby combined with Chamakh, the Moroccan pinged a pass to van Persie whose instant control and shot were too good for the Fulham defence. Had the Dutchman been fit for a whole season, little doubt he would have been top scorer in the Premier League. Keeping him fit for the whole season is the problem.

If van Persie has shown the striking missed before Christmas, Vermaelen did so with the defending. Murphy’s effort was tantalising its way into the net before the Belgian intervened on the goalline, sending the ball around the post. It is a matter of attitude, of not wanting to give up, refusing to concede cheaply. Vermaelen is not the perfect defender nor is he a guarantee of a clean sheet; his is the attitude that the team need to follow suit with.

The lack of urgency in Arsenal’s play continued into the second half. Nasri tested Schwarzer from a free kick but it proved a false dawn as Zamora climbed to meet Greening’s cross, beating Vermaelen in the air to restore the host’s lead.

Lack of match play is a reason oft-cited as forwards miss relatively straightforward chances. We’ll give Chamakh the benefit of the doubt for his miss following Schwarzer’s butterfingers. Lack of match play is the reason that Nicklas Bendtner has apparently joined Denilson in stating his desire to leave Arsenal. His father, no slouch when it comes to Junior’s PR, states that Germany is his likely destination. I suspect he might have scored yesterday though. Junior, that is, not Daddy.

A player scorned though, should not be underestimated. Wenger’s hand was played, a triple substitution that was to pay handsome dividends late on, but Mark Hughes trump card spectacularly backfired. Zoltan Gera is apparently being shown the door this summer, he left the pitch three minutes after entering as a substitute for Zamora. Fulham will no doubt be looking for an enhanced transfer fee if his red card is to deprive the club of Europa League football via the Fair Play Table.

Superior numerical advantage turned into superior possession. Arsenal might have struggled in recent months when the chips were down but this time, it came good when Walcott’s shot bounced off the post and into the net with a minute of normal time remaining. Could he be the answer for coming seasons if (or when) van Persie is absent?

A draw was of little use considering Manchester City’s win. Qualifying for the Champions League is not an issue – unless it involves a trip to Dynamo Kiev or Ruben Kazan. Even then the issue is more of distance and lag than the football itself.

Perhaps though it will have one beneficial effect. A busy start to the season is a good incentive for Arsenal’s transfer business to be conducted quickly. Let’s hope that it is, if nothing else to put a brighter complexion on the summer.

’til Tomorrow.

176 thoughts on “Arsenal Mess Around By The River

  1. Bill says:

    Nasri and Fab situation need to get fixed ASAP. Losing Cesc would be a huge blow to everything we have assumed about the future of the club for the last several years but we can’t afford another year like this one. He needs to be fully committed or moved on.

    Nasri is another big concern. Based on the way that Arsene does business there can be little doubt that he has been offered several chances to extend his contract. His lack of form in the last 1/2 year and his reluctance to extend his contract worrisome. Hopefully the summer will see a new contract and see him re-energized.

    If Clichy leaves I would like to see at least an experiment with TV5 on the left. He has the pace and loves to get forward and his body size is much better suited for a PL fullback then a CB. I think he would offer more as an attacker and as a defender especially during set pieces. Clichy certainly not an asset on set pieces on either side of the pitch. TV5 has never been in a side which is a good defensive team. 2 years with us have been a shambles and his previous team Ajax was not a great defensive team when he was there. Interesting how much Ajax has improved defensively since he left. None of it is all his fault but asking him to be the central focus of strong team defense is asking for another year of trouble.

  2. dupsffokcuf says:

    Cesc went to his Grandfather’s (after the GP) to watch the Arsenal game. He posted it on FB yesterday

  3. jjgsol says:

    The situation with Nasri is interesting. There is precedent that a player’s form dips when there are protracted contract negotiations.

    At a time when he was playing very well, Kanu started to negotiate a new contract. They dragged on for ages and his form dipped steadily, so much so that he never regained it and went soon thereafter.

    It seems to me that his may explain both Nasri’s and Chichy’s drop in form.

    Whilst both eventually insisted that they would negaitiate at the end of the season, but the initial distraction could have had a reral negative effect.

  4. Frank says:

    Good lord. Well done, AW. An outbreak of commonsense from the FA. Psycho actually backed down.

  5. Frank says:

    Three cheers for the FA. Hip, hip…..naaaah…booooooooooo. Hip, hip…….boooooo, hip hip….boooooooo

  6. william says:

    quote from an actual arsenal fan.
    “Wenger first purchase should two centre half defenders – Chris Samba from Blackburn & Gary Cahill from Bolton. Then midfielder Nigel Reo Coker from Aston Villa, Shaun Wright Phillips and Michael Johnson from Man City and Scott Parker from West Ham. Finally a big striker like Ba from West Ham or Kenwyne Jones from Stoke. With these players Arsenal can secure a trophy or 2 next season.”

    arsenal fans are getting delusional.

  7. Goonerton says:

    Good work YW.

    The only bright light on darkness we have suffered is that business will hopefully have to be conducted from early.

    At least we will know by such time if the tide has changed in terms of adding to the squad and wielding the axe on the dead wood that should of been chopped seasons ago.

    Worried about Nasri but,Clichy can f-off.

  8. Team spirit says:

    this from the metro… Are they for real? i thought Jack was not called up?

    Wilshere will be heading to the European Under-21 Championships this summer, after Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger revealed his player has been chosen for the squad, despite the Frenchman having reservations about his selection.

  9. Marc says:

    Is it true that Cesc wasn’t at the game? If so doesn’t really send out the signal we want.

  10. goonerton says:

    ChrisGoona | May 23, 2011 at 2:45 pm |

    That post was like a Churchill speech. Nice one.

    It’s so hard to digest how it turned to shit after it was all looking like we would clean up. Agreed that AW, put every bit of trust he had in them but, I believe he got let down by certain players.

    Just hoping he doesn’t give certain players the time of day and brings in what’s required. I have total trust in him to make the right power moves to fix this mess and bring joy.

    This project needs tweaking not wholesome changes. I also think that it’s possible we need changes to happen in the background as well as on the pitch and the first thing that comes to mind is a recognised x CB to coach Defensive drills. Stop the papering over and get this area sorted out.

  11. william says:

    agree goonerton. It seems like all one has to do to trouble our defense is launch a long ball up field repeatedly and wait for Djourou to fuck it up. It happened about 5 times yesterday in the first 20 minutes. Not that Djourou completely fucked it up (meaning turnover>>>goal) but still he gave the ball away cheaply, in our own half, much too often.

  12. Ateeb says:

    Good Lord. Yes he wasn’t present at the game. He chose to have a day out. Big fucking deal. He isn’t going anywhere. And if he does, he will go for enough money that perhaps, we can build a stronger team.

    Silly season……..

    Pearce “I spoke to Jack last week and he explained that while he told me in March that he wanted to be part of the squad, he now feels he is not in the best condition to take part in the Finals”.

    I hope RVP can learn something from Jack. He’s our real captain, and the team will need him fit for next season. Not that, it’s his fault he gets injured, but perhaps he can cut down the risks, by not going for internationals.

  13. Arsene Baggins says:

    I read somewhere that Arsenal have the worst form in the league over the last 10 weeks. If true, that is astonishing.

    BUT

    Not as astonishing as our home support. Is it any coincidence that our away record is the best in the league and our home record is nothing to write home about (particularly after the league cup final loss)? Our away fans are legends but a large portion of our home crowd are terrible.

    If Arsenal need to sign any one in the summer transfer window -its more members who support the team no matter what. Are many of our home support mentally weak? Not tough enough to help the team over the finishing line? Do they drop their heads when things aren’t going our way?
    What happened to the rule that you only boo the oppsition?

    Love your team and show your love at every chance within the stadium.

  14. goonerton says:

    I second that. RVP should take note.

  15. Borges Spinelli says:

    @jjgsol at 3:07pm
    Buddy, i am not trying to shoot you down, at least not with malice. But your figures are slightly inaccurate, therefore misleading.

    You said:
    “Van Percy was available for the first 3 games of the season.”

    No, he wasn’t. He missed the first couple of games. Started the 3rd, lasting about 22mins before injury claimed him, and in his place returned Chamakh.

  16. JBH says:

    Jjgsol
    Interesting analysis. Unfortunately the fact that the first 3 paragraphs are completely false means I cannot take any of the rest of it seriously.
    RvP – Telegraph statistics for the full season. Total mins RvP 2010/11
    = 1,768 mins
    = 19.64 games (ie just over half the season)

    So he did miss almost half of the season. He made 18 starts and 6 sub appearances.
    Where did you get your figures from?
    Or did you guess?

  17. Borges Spinelli says:

    That’s right, kenyangunner. A LOT of strange occurrences took place this season. Too many freak injuries; multiple loss of form from key players; goal leads lost a million times. It does need analyzing. and ofcourse, the refs played their parts, too. Notable games for me, were Barcelona away, Newcastle away, Everton at home.

  18. Team spirit says:

    @ William? Why do you beg to differ, you have just confirmed that he is not in the squad unlike the metro

  19. colney says:

    Yogi,

    Would you be blogging in the summer?

  20. Arsesession says:

    re: Cesc at the Grand Prix…….

    Yogi – maybe our captain had made his travels plans month’s in advance and Arsenal approved.
    What’s all the ruckus, he’s only the team’s captain?

  21. Bill says:

    Arsene Baggins:

    Interesting idea. Spend our transfer kitty on new home fans.

    If you look at the fixture list, in the last 2 -3 months our away record was worse then our home form despite having fantastic away support and not having the pressure of all the oohs and aaahs at every bad pass coming from the stands. May be we should blame it on something like the position of Jupiter with respect to Saturn. At least no one can prove or disprove that by looking at the record.

  22. goonerton says:

    william,

    It’s hard to put a finger on Djouru’s mess ups. One moment he’s clearing everything, timing perfect headers and last ditch tackles and the next minute he’s a fucking car crash with really bad timing in the tackle, poor defending from set pieces and worse, letting balls bounce when they should of been attacked.

    This is very strange behaviour which I think a good Pre Season with Thomas Vermaelen, will iron out and see him cut out the crap.

  23. JonJon says:

    glad thats over..
    hate it when the seasons over and theres no footy but that was getting silly, our form went to shit and we needed to call time on this season..

    too many big babies at this club…we got quite a few unhappy lads on our books, we need to get rid of a few and try restore some harmony to the place first, then we reinforce with the money we have available..

  24. Borges Spinelli says:

    Djourou, i would give benefit of the doubt. Afterall he did well to return back to action after suffering 2 horrible injuries in the space of 3 months. Given further recuperation time, i’m sure he’d be back to his early season’s best.

  25. Bill says:

    goonerton:

    I hope Johan come good but we don’t know which is the real Johan. Maybe we should add another CB. If it turns out we have the good player next year then we have plenty to cover for the inevitable injuries and rotation etc. If we get the car crash then at least we have done our best to cover our bases. If we assume that a good preseason will solve his inconsistency and do nothing in the transfer window and it turns out Johan does a Senderos we are hosed again.

  26. JonJon says:

    agree with the post as well
    cl qualifier means we start early and we have to start with a bang so we need everything sorted quickly regarding the squad..

  27. Henristic says:

    Agree with Bill. I wouldn’t mind seeing TV playing left back, even if Clichy doesn’t leave. He could be rotated with Clichy for the more high profile games while Gibbs feature in the ‘easier’ cup and pl games.

  28. Passenal says:

    LimparAssist | May 23, 2011 at 2:42 pm |

    No, it wasn’t me, but sounds like another wise gal out there!

    JBH | May 23, 2011 at 3:14 pm |

    Good points

    It may be down to a little immaturity, but it must be really hard to raise yourself for games when you feel like the world is against you. Jack politely referred to it on Twitter as ‘inconsistent’ refereeing after the Newcastle game. Bac also came as close to saying it as someone in his position could in an interview after the game. The players are not stupid. They have played enough games to know when the dice are loaded against them and it ate away at their confidence. It must be soul destroying.

    I agree with YW re the Cesc thing. It wouldn’t be such an issue if it wasn’t for the way our season died off at the end. It was probably not a good idea for him to post about it on Twitter as it doesn’t take much for an Arsenal player to attract criticism at the moment.

  29. JonJon says:

    henristic
    on the clichy thing…
    as well as nasri why have they been allowed to get into their final year when 17 players got new ones only last year…with nasri and clichy both being regarded as first teamers why wasnt those two part of that renewing of everyones contracts process we had…would have thought they were priorities of that list…

    seems not the case though..

  30. Arsene Baggins says:

    Bill,

    I agree with you, the position of Jupiter with respect to Saturn indeed played an enormous part in our collapse towards the latter stages of the season. I think it calls for a new formation of our stars and the removal of uranus .

  31. william says:

    I would also state the Barca tie in the case for shit referee-ing. Within two minutes Xavi was laying on the floor because Song came within a foot of him. How can a team try and make tackles when the player is literally waiting for the first sign of contact to go down? Once Barca established that they will flail to the ground upon the slightest contact, and get a foul or even yellow card called, our squad is shit out of luck. We also need to look no further than that cunt on Newcastle or Lucas at Liverpool

  32. Bill says:

    Jon Jon:

    No way to know for sure but based on what has happened at the club I suspect significant contract extensions have been offered but they are both looking to explore their options and have not been willing to sign anything yet.

  33. Dexter says:

    Bill

    Djourou has been outstanding this season. What is this bollocks about “oh is he a good player or not?” Vidic gets way with dragging players down every single game, yet Djourou isnt allowed a fuck up every now and again. The fact he has played a lot of football after a long lay off would, for me at least, be a reason behind his slip ups of late.

    He has already shown what a top class player he is. he doesnt have to prove himself to anyone.

  34. Dexter says:

    Goonerton at about 6.15pm;

    “This project needs tweaking not wholesome changes…”

    I agree we need completely seazy, tacky nasty changes due! 😀

  35. Borges Spinelli says:

    LOL! Glad to see humor still exists on this blog after such a tumultuous season. @Arse Baggins

  36. jjgsol says:

    JBH. Thank you for your comments.

    However, although I do accept that y research, which was from the Arsenal website, was a bit rushed, I do not think that it was that inaccurate.

    Please remember that I said that he was available for the first 3 games, which is true, as you will see.

    I will list the gamses, and his role. This information is taken mainly from the Liverpool programme.

    Liverpool sub
    Blackpool sub
    Blackburn start
    Bolton to West Ham neither
    Newcastle sub
    Wolves unused sub
    Everton ditto
    Spurs sub
    AVilla unused sub
    Fulham sub
    Manure sub
    Chelsea started
    Wigan neither
    Brum started
    Man City started
    West Ham started
    Wigan started
    Everton started
    Newcastle started
    Wolves started
    Stoke neither
    Sunderlandneither
    WBA started
    Blackburn started
    Blackpool started
    I believe that he started the last 7 games of the season.

    He was, therefore, involved in one way or another in 29 league matches.

    My apologies, as I was 2 matches out, having mentioned a figure of 31.

    The point I was making is that he has actually been available for 3 quarters of the season and, excpetd for 3 league games he has been availabel to play in every league game since 7th November.

  37. george rodger says:

    Available is not the same as ready for a full 90 minutes

  38. Frank says:

    What the fuck? Someone having a go at RvP now? What the fucking hell is wrong with you, man? Woman? Person?

  39. goonerandy says:

    One of our players who can hold his head up this season is RvP. He gave it his all, and scored plenty.

  40. Passenal says:

    RVP player of the season – no contest

  41. william says:

    RVP is magic. fire a pass up to him. doesn’t matter if it is rolling or bouncing. he WILL control it.

  42. Gunner4Ever says:

    RVP………..Click Click Click
    RVP………..Click Click Click
    RVP………..Click Click Click

  43. Borges Spinelli says:

    Here’s a video i found of Ricky Alvarez. I like his directness.

  44. colney says:

    It will be a big mistake to let Bendtner leave the club.

  45. goonerandy says:

    Unless we change our formation he has no chance in being a starter for us. We can do better than him, I won’t shed too many tears if he leaves.

  46. william says:

    agreed colney, for how “shite” Bendtner is, he scored a fair amount of goals this campaign, with limited playing time and playing on the RW. I can understand using him as a winger, but surely he is more effective cutting in from the left wing and executing his favorite curled effort into the top right corner. Miscontrolling that pass against cuntalona also didn’t help his status among the fanbase.

  47. Bill says:

    Dexter:

    The point about JD is that we need to cover ourselves just in case. How many times does it have to be proven that playing well for a run of 10 – 12 games only proves you capable of a run of good form. His recent form has been poor. We have all seen several players who lose confidence and never get it back.

    We also have a lot to worry about TV5 returning and staying fit after missing a full year. Hope your right about JD as a player and he can shake the injury bug which has plagued his career. If your wrong about JD and/or TV5 has niggles etc we are in big trouble if we don’t cover ourselves.

  48. colney says:

    goonerandy,
    I disagree, i think Bendtner is more direct than Chamakh. It’s not his fault he’s being played out of position. The only way to solve this issue is by switching formations, (i agree with you on that), but i fear if we let him leave he will flourish somewhere else.

    We can shift RVP into the hole and play Bendtner or Chamakh as a direct striker.

  49. goonerandy says:

    Colney – Yeah, maybe so. With Chamakh just having signed, I can’t see him leaving. And he and Bendtner are too similar, so if ones leaves it will be Bendtner. Personally I think he is a lazy player, so I have found it hard to like him if I am being honest. Decent scoring record mind.

  50. jjgsol says:

    I am not having a go at RVP. What I am suggesting is that the formation that we have been playing this season with him as the lead stariker seems to have inhibited the rest of the team, so that the goals have dried up from them. Please look at my original post.

    I prefer and I am sure you agree that he plays behind a main striker, rather than as the main striker himself. That way he can use his great skills not obnnly for scoring, but for also assisting other to score.

    I agree he has been our best player this season overall, but feel that the way we play does not suit either his best skills, and those of the rest of the squad.

  51. Passenal says:

    Borges, are we really falling for the Ricky Alvarez story? Last time an Argentinian was linked it was a wind up by an Arsenal blogger. I wonder how true it is given that he is 23 (so hardly the experienced player people are calling for) and Argentinian, who rarely travel well to the UK. He would probably need a season to acclimatize as well. I’m not convinced.

  52. Passenal says:

    I think you could be right colney @ 9.59pm. He is more direct than Chamakh, who has frustrated me with his desire to pass instead of going for goal. Bendtner has more of a strikers instinct, but his inconsistency has been frustrating. Missing ‘that’ opportunity in the Nou Camp, was unbelievable for a player with his ambitions and could have cemented his position in the team. But it clearly wasn’t to be. He will get there one day, but I don’t think Arsenal can afford to wait any longer for him to deliver.

  53. Dexter says:

    Bill

    I didnt have an isse with you suggesting we sign a CB. I think that is going to happen. My point was that I dont think JD needs to prove himself any more. he camein this season, plyed about 10 times as many games as he thought he would ad, bar a couple of games, played very very well; dominan in the air, good at bringing the ball out and tackling like a demon. His malaise of late is part of whatever the fuck was wrong with the whole blummin squad! He will be a great defender.

  54. Bill says:

    The other issue with Bendtner is his contract status. Don’t know how long his current contract runs. His production to this point does not warrant a long term relatively big money extension and I doubt he would sign unless we blew him away with an offer that would make little sense for the club. Best for both sides if we can get some real money for him now.

  55. Wavey says:

    I agree with the comments about RVP’s best position. He likes to play with the ball at his feet rather than with his back to goal and when defences play a high line he struggles a bit in that lone striker role, he would prefer to be dropping deeper to pick up the ball in the space in front of defence with a striker ahead of him. In a lone striker role he does not have that option, but when we play two upfront he can go looking for the ball. Its interesting that Man U appear to get more out of Rooney when they play with him alongside Hernandez, Rooney can drop back to get the ball and provide a supply to his strike partner.

  56. 1 loose cannon says:

    jjgsol- RVP very rarely miss clear cut chances- he is not wasteful.if every player is orderred to pass to him then you have a case but from what I have seen they all had a pop but the finishing is lacking and that has nothing to do with RVP just look at fulham game and you will how many shots Arshavin had.. every game Arshavin will have few shots, Theo hit the post few times this season. people say RVP’s sending off against Barcelona did not make a diffence but If I wanted anyone to take that Bendtner last minute chance it would be RVP. he is simply lethal. 18 goals in 20 games is amazing. you simply cannot link Diaby’s stupidity at Newcastle or Eboue’s panic defending against liverpool and many other silly errors at the back to RVP. The man is doing his job perfectly but the defensive side of things have been poor. every game we score 2- 3 goals but you need to keep clean sheets to win games not blame the formation around RVP.

  57. Bill says:

    Dexter:

    I hope your right and I think JD will be a long term player with us. For a while I really got excited about him and thought he was our answer to Terry or Puyol as the undisputed first defender on the team sheet for years to come. Right now we don’t know what we have. His injury history is also a big concern. He will get chances to play next year if he starts 3rd or 4th on the pecking order and if plays the way he did for that run of games and stays consistent he can still be our John Terry. He is still very young for a defender.

  58. dupsffokcuf says:

    “Arsenal join Liverpool in chase to sign Aston Villa winger Stewart Downing. (Daily Mail)”

    Now it is silly season.

  59. Dexter says:

    Thats some daft ass shit there dupsff!

  60. Wavey says:

    I agree JD is likely to be a long term player for us, although he does appear to make some daft mistakes – sometimes allowing the ball to bounce, sometimes not closing down the player on the ball quickly enough.
    We currently have 4 CBs to choose from; TV5 just coming back from a long injury, Kos still young and in his first season, JD been with the team for a while now but had more than his fair share of injuries and therefore not that many first team games and finally Squillaci. I think Squillaci has struggled this season and, whilst I accept this is his first season in the Prem, I think it is not going to get much better for him. Squillaci has had one hell of a season which included such memorable events as knocking out your CB partner and in the process allowing the other team to score. Maybe Squillaci could have done with an old hand beside him to teach him the Premiership ropes, but unfortunately he was partnered with rookies when he was in his rookie season himself. I feel a bit sorry for Squillaci, but maybe Wenger thought that an experienced player from another league would be able to settle in easily, but the Premiership is a hard place to learn “on the job”.

  61. Dexter says:

    What do some of you people do? Wait for every single mistake and make a note of it? As I said before Vidic has made numerous mistakes this season, yet is preceived as the leagues best CB.

    You must think CBs dont make mistakes for other teams!

  62. Evil says:

    Really? JD is suddenly becoming a scape goat? He has had a couple of sub-par games these last weeks, but is really no one able to draw the line to his injury? He was injured, rushed back and did not have the proper time to recover and I think that is more than anything the reason why he struggled. I am really curious who’s supposed to be better than JD. Ferdinand? Yes. Terry? Maybe. Cahill? Are you having a laugh? Samba?

  63. colney says:

    Djourou’s form dipped in the second half of the season, maybe it’s because he played so many games, maybe because of his injury record i can’t quite pinpoint what the cause was. Either way he did make some mistakes that can easily be fixed. Ball watching, not pressing the attacker, dwelling on the ball too long, not being decisive enough, these are all things that can be corrected. I do have high hopes for JD, hope he can be a consistent defender for us.

  64. william says:

    i wouldn’t say we are making Djourou a scapegoat, but all you have to do is watch the first 15 or so minutes of the fulham game to see where the doubt comes from. On the other hand, Tim at 7amkickoff put up some data which showed we conceded the least amount of goals with Djourou on the pitch. Kos, DJ, and Thomas will make quite a kick ass central defense. PLEASE DONT GET HURT.

  65. Paul N says:

    Djourou came back too quick from his injury.

    I dont see how any doubt can come in regarding him as his was great in most matches apart from maybe the last 3 he has played in.

    I am not sure about anyone else but surely a player cannot be judged by a few matches in which the team didnt play well after returning from injury.

    We do over think a few things sometimes.

    This team is close. Imagine no mess up at the CC, no idiot ref in the Barca and Newcastle matches. Its much closer than it seems, the team will have to learn how to stay confident. If they can do that, even with this current squad the sky would be the limit.

    I am all for signings but talent is not the real issue.

  66. colney says:

    Paul N
    Maybe the club needs to sign a sports psychologist.

  67. Gunner4Ever says:

    Maybe Arsenal fans need a psychologist?

  68. Henristic says:

    Don’t we already have a psychologist? Isn’t he the guy reported as saying Bendtner scored higher than 100% in some psychological test for confidence.

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