when Andy Gray said “football doesn’t reward good football” i agreed with him fully. i have never quite agreed with him no matter what team he commented on, but yesterday, he said something that clearly stuck in my head. right from the first minute, Arsenal controlled the game and nearly scored a goal through Walcott’s effort. so much for our ‘beautiful’ football, but came to nothing. Fabianski was not at his best last night, and since when he has been reliable? not ever. what shocked me was a fact that Diaby commanded left midfield while Nasri took over Cesc’s duty as center midfield. they proved to be useless chicken running without purpose for the whole 90 minutes and created nothing but imbalance offense line. who would want to have a natural central player playing wide against his will? no one i assume.
it was unfortunate indeed for Arsenal to have their key players injured during very crucial moments. Tomas Rosicky, William Gallas and Eduardo are the most sought players right now and when they are going to be unavailable for the rest of the season, we can’t do anything but stay vigilant. instead of splashing cash last winter looking for reliable players, Wenger decided to stay put with his current squad members while luring Arshavin into his trap. i am not saying he isn’t a good addition to the team, but he alone will not get us anywhere. fans were anxious seeing Wenger’s transfer policy during critical moment and failed to capitalize his magnetic charisma to lure more creative players. yes, it is true that we do have plenty players in stock, but those players are likely to miss out the whole season and probably will not get back in time for opening season. let’s say that are back during pre-season matches, they might still need to prove their worth before stepping on to premier league once more. finishing 4th isn’t as bad as judgment day, but going to another play offs means a lot to the team itself. while other 3 clubs enjoying longer summer holiday, Arsenal need to spend their most of summer weeks doing some training to face qualifying rounds.
Wenger needs improvement very badly and we can’t wait any longer.