On Sunday, Arsene played a bit of a crazy formation with Bendtner on the left wing and Nasri up front. Sometimes I wonder if he is just messing around a little and will sort it all out soon or sometimes think he may just be a little blinded by what he sees in training. Why on earth Bendtner played on the left of midfield on Sunday is anybodies guess.
The weird thing is that Arsene still talks about winning the league. Heck, we couldn't even beat Hull at home, but somehow we're going to win the league? We've lost Rosicky, Walcott and Cesc for pretty much the whole season but somehow we're going to win the league? Arsene even says that we will dominate the league?!?!?
“I’m convinced that we are on the right track. We are not missing 10 per cent, we are missing one or two per cent. We can get that one or two per cent easily and then we can dominate the league.
“I’m disappointed that the team is not getting the praise or the respect it deserves at the moment, but we have to keep going. We will keep going with this spirit and we will turn people around. Getting that final per cent or two is down to being a bit more relaxed and composed when the situation calls for it. My hopes and aims for 2009 are to support this team. I believe strongly in this team and if they get the support I think they will be rewarded in 2009 because they deserve it.
“They have talent and I’m sure they will be rewarded.”
I think it’s a little far fetched to talk about dominating the league when we’re already 10 points behind and teams like United, Chelsea, Liverpool and even Villa ahead of us whom all look like they will win their next game.
So after my letter to Arsene, the main thing we’re all looking for this Christmas / New Years is some new players.
Don’t get me wrong – I’m a huge fan of Arsene Wenger. But I need him to realise that he’s got to invest in a squad which needs investing in it. I think he is interested in signing some people as he said in his programme notes that he needs a creative midfielder. I suggest he needs a winger. I suggest he also needs a better striker than Bendtner – but of course, he has both in Carlos Vela, but for some reason he refuses to play him much!
Where we really need to strengthen at the moment is the defensive midfield position and the wide positions. Without Rosicky and Walcott we really don’t have any wide players.
Almunia spoke about our season too and said:
“The main thing is to look for our identity, our way, our character that gave this club all their titles and trophies. For whatever reason we lost our way, our character and the way we play on the pitch. We need to re-find our spirit and our desire to win games.”
And that’s a very interesting point – “we lost our way” – could sum up the season. Almunia will be our captain from now until maybe the end of the season as Cesc is injured. It’s kind of strange, but it seems like the captaincy has just fallen on Almunia. I don’t think he thought he would be captain when the season ended last year.
Okay guys, that’s me for today. I’m on a 10pm flight to Dubai to spend NYE in the sun, the awesome JAT will be blogging for me tomorrow and I’ll have a tropical blog on Thursday…