WTTGT Writer: Dean ‘Praying for a miracle’ Scott
Booed off twice in pre-season friendlies…
Ladies and gentleman, the bottom of the barrel has been officially reached…
I am running out of words and hope in describing my beloved Arsenal. We played two games this weekend and managed to lead, yet not winning either game… again. Was it pre-season or just two extra games in the 2010/11 season? It’s OK because Wenger did point out that we didn’t concede from corners… phew! that’s OK then! Instead, we have decided to just concede from open play! Does it make a difference?
I know that friendlies are all about getting fit, but surely if you go into the season having got some good pre-season games in, it must help. Man City won, Man U won, Chelsea won, but thankfully Aston Villa didn’t! I say Villa, because they’re our new major rivals – for the ‘oh so important’ seventh place in the league.
We used pretty much all our squad for the games which is a bit of a worry as it’s not very good; even in friendlies Van Persie is the shining light! Please don’t make him captain as its sure sign he will leave us! A good idea (to get rid of them) would be to make any of the central defenders captain, apart from Tommy of course, (who by the way is going to need our sympathy this season, as he is a top quality farmer standing in field of dung). Even Johan, who I was a fan of, is developing Silvestre qualities. Squillaci reminds of the bride’s father dancing at the wedding. You know it shouldn’t happen and you know it’s embarrassing; you know he has two left feet but there is nothing you can do about. He is mistake waiting to happen, but sadly, it’s already happened more often than not before Arsène’s dragged him out.
On a slightly more positive note, I sadly got excited about us signing Jags from Everton; this is crazy, he is an above average defender and will no doubt make us better, but our problems at the back are more than just buying one player to solve it. It needs some high quality coaching which right now doesn’t look like it is happening, so it’d be great if we buy him, but maybe improve the coaching and if possible get TWO new centre-halves and move Tommy to left-back. I am convinced our current defenders are used to chucking the ball; in the need, they are scared to make any decisions regarding how to defend.
Regarding the gossip of Mata, so what? We aren’t short of creative players. Maybe Wenger’s plan (just joking of course, he doesn’t have a plan!) is to win games 6-5, though we all know we will be 6 up and be hanging on for a draw.
I reckon if you read this after the first few games of the season, this transcript will have proved what an iffy pre-season does to the start of the season.