>Current Arsenal position – 3rd place in the Barclay’s Premier League.
Current Ipswich position – 19th in the npower Championship.
I’m not convinced Arsenal is going to learn this lesson any time soon. Time and time again, we see a 3rd rate Arsenal show up to games like this, simply expecting to walk it in. When will it sink in? No game is a walk in the park these days, no matter how good you are.
One would expect the team to put Ipswich to the sword after just scraping a draw against Leeds and seeing Chelsea put 7 past Ipswich (they beat Chelsea 3-0 a couple of weeks ago) just the other day. Hard to describe Arsenal’s performance as anything other than diabolical, although credit must go to an Ipswich team that were clearly up for it.
A combination of lazy/sloppy passing and a distinct lack of sharpness in the final third combined with the worst defending I have ever seen from a Premier league side meant that Arsenal doomed themselves, no excuses this time lads – you were shite.
What now? Well we need a decent centre half, that much is certain. I would hazard to suggest we need some better squad players as well. Players such as Eboue, Denilson and Bendtner since his injury are just not up to standard at the moment. Maybe a stint in the reserves in order.
We must not forget however that the team on park had Fabregas, an admittedly out of form Arshavin, Walcott and Jack Wilshere. Not mugs by any means.
Arsenal need to get a result at Upton Park on the weekend, get the train back on track. No more losses to inferior opposition please Wenger. I can handle dropping points to good teams, but teams 36 places below? I don’t think so.
I and I’m sure all Arsenal fans, want a response. A very clear signal that Ipswich was an anomaly, a blip on the radar; seen once then quickly forgotten. Anything else and that monkey aint climbing off any time soon.
The Premier League is a different beast to the Carling Cup – so let’s see some effort lads.
>I have a friend at work who is an Englishman. Not only is he English, but he was a Fulham season ticket holder. He even drinks his work coffee from a Fulham mug.
He also came pretty close to having bragging rights tomorrow at work.
Arsenal are a team that know how to provide edge of your seat stuff whilst really not trying nor meaning to. One side of the coin yesterday was Samir Nasri who scored two sublime goals with some outrageous footwork leaving numerous men in white behind, and on the other, a fragile defence and prolifigacy in front of the net from the other nine outfielders.
Arsene Wenger is rightly praising Nasri in the press, as it was he that pulled our proverbial bacon from the proverbial fire last night. Hopefully he can continue his form into the new year. I can’t wait to see how a fully fit Fabregas and an in-form Nasri combine. Potentially one of the best midfield pairings on the planet.
Top of table Arsenal, but please help me lower my blood pressure just a little.
Here we are. Never thought I would be doing this but I guess there is a first time for everything.
My plan for the blog at this stage is to put down thoughts, opinions and rambles (maybe some waffles; mmm waffles) about two things:
1) Gaming; especially World of Warcraft.
2) Arsenal FC.
Gaming is a hobby of mine dating back to my first Commodore 64. Ahh, playing games that came on tapes, fun times indeed. 5th Gear was my favourite game back then. These days I prefer to build my own PCs from parts, much more satisfaction that way. Currently I primarily play World of Warcraft, Civ V and Black Ops. More on gaming to come I’m sure.
Arsenal Football Club. Never has a sporting team given me such highs and lows. I started following the team around 2002. It was one of the very first teams I saw when watching the English Premier League for the first time, and I couldn’t help but admire there exciting style of play. Now I know that 8 years is not the longest stretch to follow a team – but that’s my entire EPL watching career. From the high’s of the Invincibles and the incredible unbeaten season to the current 5 year trophy drought – Arsenal are my other passion.
World of Warcraft. My main is Voros, a frost DK on Saurfang. I have been playing WoW since release, raiding through MC, BWL and AQ40 on Althor (my first real character; a Paladin). In BC I briefly ventured in Black Temple and Mt Hyjal but never really went much further; this was not a heavy raiding expansion for me. In Wrath I have downed the LK with my current guild – Labyrinth of Lost Souls.
Looking forward to Cata, I think we have a fantastic group of people who not only simply enjoy playing the game for what it is, but also relish the challenge of meeting new content head on. I have met some great people and look forward to meeting many more. Shared experience is probably the greatest builder of friendships and WoW provides many opportunites for that to happen. Plus it’s just great fun!
I’ll be interested to see how often I blog, let’s treat this as an experiment; and see where it goes.
“Hmm. I don’t feel a thing. Whaa…? Where’d those come from? “