Monday, 7 May 2012

Wenger's forward options down to his stupid decisions -Demsey linked -Spurs hahaha!

Morning Gooners.

Well all our prayers were answered as yesterday the footballing gods gave us another go at finishing third. Mind you next Sunday's game with West Brom will be our one and only chance and we must win - no pressure then!

I really can't believe after feeling so devastated since the final whistle against Norwich, that things have totally turned around again and it's back in our hands. I never expected Spurs to drop points at Aston Villa but they did.

With Newcastle losing to Manchester City also gave us a lifeline meaning we only need a point to finish from next weekend's game to finish fourth. But I don't want our season extended further by having to watch the Champions League final and hoping that Bayern Munich get a result. That would be too much for me.

The best route to third is to take all three points next weekend with a win at West Brom. We really have no excuse not to get a result. I'm not sure we need to go gung ho like we did against Barcelona, but we do need to show more attacking intent and a will to put the ball in the back of the net.

One of the problems has been all season that we are to reliant on Robin van Persie to put the ball in the back of the net. Arsene Wenger bemoaned the fact after the match on Saturday and of course it is a problem of his own making.

He said:
"When you look at the chances we created, it is absolutely unbelievable that we scored only three goals.

"Again we are punished because Robin had to score and many times we do not get enough goals from elsewhere.
"We had so many obvious chances that you would want somebody else to score one. That does not happen enough.
"Of course we need to address that because I feel there was enough room to score six or seven goals."
The manager made the decision to sign Thierry Henry on a short term loan when Lucas Podolski said he wouldn't join us until the summer. He made the decision to let Andrey Arshavin leave the club outside the Premier League transfer window when he would be unable to sign a replacement. He also has not placed any trust in Marourane Chamakh or Ju Young Park to play.

I thought that Chamakh has looked good when he has come on in our previous two games. Would I play him against West Brom? Probably not because I'd rather us stick to our current system and I don't think we've got the players to play a 4-4-2 or even a 4-4-1-1.

But the problem of goal scorers is of the manager's making. If Gervinho had actually bothered to have a shot on target in the last 417 minutes of league football he might have had a goal. We've been without Theo Walcott - our second highest scorer - for the last few games and who would have thought we would be praying on him to be fit for next Sunday's game.

There is plenty for the manager to think about before we play again.

In the meantime the club have finally confirmed the home kit for next season. Can't say I'm impressed with the hoops - especially the black/navy one. It's just not Arsenal. White sleeves please Nike... we do like a bit of tradition around here. As for Theo Walcott talking about the blue in it.... I really can't believe that come out of his mouth. British...

A transfer rumour I didn't link to yesterday in The Sun - Arsenal interested in Clint Dempsey. Good player but I can't see where he would fit in.

And finally, Bacary Sagna has been speaking to L'equipe about his broken leg and believes that Bradley Johnson stood on him on purpose. At first glance I thought it was pretty innocuous but on second viewing it certainly needs to be looked at by the FA if the referee has not seen it.

A Bank Holiday here in the UK. So it's sure to be raining at some point today. Enjoy your day what ever you've got planned. Until tomorrow.

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