Six Years Going On Seven… What needs to change?
As at the time the final whistle went at Craven Cottage, we have gone over half a decade without a change to our trophy cabinet. Not that we have not challenged in those 6 years, we have come close to ending this drought a few times but for one reason or another we have come up short.
The closest we came to winning a trophy since 2005 was in the Carling Cup final against Birmingham earlier this year. We came up against a side in the other half of the table and yet we fluffed our lines and gifted them the trophy in the dying minutes of that game. I have had a lot of bad moments as an Arsenal fan, but this was a new low. I actually wept, not because we lost to Birmingham, but because of the manner in which we lost the game. I thought the club was under some kind of spell.
We have had a lot of sad moments this season but on a lighter mood we were actually involved in a lot of classics. I mean, which top club can draw a game after going into half time four (4) goals up at Newcastle, or lose at home to Spurs after going 2 goals up, or draw a game after taking a 95th minute lead (Liverpool)? This is not the Arsenal we all are used to, so what needs to change?
I’m not one of those people who think Wenger is god, he’s definitely human and obviously fallible as well. But I doubt I’ll be comfortable with this club in the hands of someone else. I think about the games we’ve had this season and I am quickly reminded that this is the same manager who took us through an entire season unbeaten. Yes, this is history, but it only points to the fact that with the right players, he’ll get things right again.
One of the main problems we have with the team is a winning mentality; Arsene has identified this for the first time last week and he has “promised” to get players with experience of winning trophies, I say let’s see what he has in mind. I mean, we’ve endured 6 seasons, one more season of experimenting and probable success won’t kill anyone, will it?
Our ability to score goals has never been in doubt, even Van Persie who started his season fully in January has over 20 goals already. But keeping the opponent from getting goals against s has been our Achilles’ heel. Even when we are cruising to victory, we still manage to concede the odd goal. Take a look at last week’s game for example, we would have won that game had we not conceded two avoidable goals in quick succession. The same thing can be noticed in games like Stoke away, WBA home and away, and the away game at the Reebok. Anytime we had momentum, we get pegged back by conceding a goal. How do we solve a problem like this?
There’s really nothing wrong with Sczezsny in goal, all we need is a defensive leader. Someone to lead the team from the back, someone to help out when defending set pieces; hence the cry for Sakho,Cahill or Samba. Knowing prudent Mr. Arsene, he’ll probably go for Samba which would annoy me seeing how we could have had him in January. Clichy is still stalling at the moment which has led to reports of a ‘sign or be sold‘ ultimatum from Arsene, an able replacement must be signed because Gibbs is not ready in my opinion
Further up the pitch, the injection of direct pace and steel is needed and Scott Parker has been touted with Hazard rumoured as well(don’t hold your breath, Arsene won’t pay 20 million, so expect some unknown or Nzogbia whom I fancy). No word yet on whether Fabregas & Nasri would stay. Even if they stay, we need to sign two new midfielders and then replace Bendtner who looks to be on his way out.
The cry for big names and big fees to be spent is at an all time high. So here’s my suggestion based on Arsenal’s prudent ways.
WHAT WOULD HAPPEN:
IN : Scott Parker, Samba, Grameiro (in the absence of an accomplished finisher), Nzogbia(some unknown instead of the electric Hazard that can play anywhere in the middle and behind the striker) and maybe Baines
OUT : Denilson, Bendtner, Arshavin, Eboue, Vela, Clichy(maybe)
WHAT FANS(ok maybe just me) REALLY WANT:
IN : Scott Parker, Benzema, Baines, Cahill, Hazard.
Simply put, leader at the back, leader in the middle of the pitch and goalscorer who can deliver on his own and compliment Van Persie, who at the moment has over 20 goals since January. If only we had two of him, one from August – December, the other from January – May.
No one is asking for expensive signings, just the right players in the right position and maybe a tactical shift and change in the backroom staff and just maybe we can win something.
It was a season that promised a lot but delivered nothing, nothing but heartbreak, sadness and a feeling of emptiness. Inspite of all this, the fact that we put up this post and you read it, and that we’ll still be gooners come next season just shows how much we love this club. We were there during the glory days, we want to be there when those days finally return.
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From the MG team, do have a befitting season end, next season may just be “that season”!
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