Since we have a spare day… New Signings Analysis…

It’s been a busy time to be a blogger recently, with games coming thick and fast, meaning as soon as you’ve written a match report, the next day you’re writing a match preview of the next game… but today I have an interlude – a Thursday all to myself – to blog about whatever I want – before (of course), the WBA preview tomorrow…

So today I’ve chosen to firstly reflect on this week’s Carling Cup outings and then (for the main part of the blog), take a look at our new signings, and give you my “2penceworth”..!

Carling Cup Round Up

Well, what a great round of football the Carling Cup proved to be this week – out of the top 6 last season, only us and Man United are still in the competition. Of course, we knocked out Sp*rs – Chelsea were somehow beaten by Newcastle at home, whilst the shock of the tournament was Liverpool losing at home to Northampton at home on penalties…

The comment on the BBC site, read:

“Sad to see how much LFC has sunk. The fans deserve better, but I can’t see things getting better with no buyer, no cash to spend and no young talent coming through. It may take a few years of patient rebuilding and low expectations to resurrect the club.”

Wow, to think we were on a similar path a few years ago, pre-Emirates… people forget how hard it is to do what we’ve done. Down at Liverpool, the issues seem to grow and grow and looking around the Liverpool blogosphere, their fans are calling for Hodgson’s head… the same fans who were loving him when he took over…

This Saturday morning will see the fourth round draw and it should be an interesting passage, hopefully we’ll avoid Man United until something resembling a final or semi final… and hopefully we’ll get a home game so we can get loads of Gooners down to the Emirates as well as play a younger side – something we tend to do at home, but not away…

Analysis Of Our New Signings…

This summer saw a few new players brought into the squad, as well as a few people move on. Of course, the departures of Senderos, Silvestre, Campbell and Gallas were supplemented by the return of Djourou from injury, the signings of Koscielny and Squillaci and the return of Nordtveit into our reserves as backup… There has been one in and one out up front with Eduardo leaving and Chamakh joining, but it’s the middle of the part where suddenly we have a few more players – Wilshere straight into the first team, but Lansbury, Eastmond and the injured Frimpong are all in and around the squad too.

Maroune Chamakh

To be honest, I have to say I wasn’t too excited about Maroune joining before the season – when I met him in Vegas, I thought he was way too skinny and didn’t think he would be Arsenal grade. But I have been somewhat surprised to see how well he holds up the ball and brings people into play. The footage from the French league looked impressive, but I wasn’t sure if he could bring it into the Premiership – but he has – and he’s got 3 goals to his name too… Definitely a hit so far – and with Van Persie & Bendtner out for a while, he seems to be the current first choice striker too.

Laurent Koscielny

Against Sp*rs, he was simply brilliant and he’s shown in flashes that he can be very good – a worry in regards to the physical side of the game, some key clashes up at Sunderland and at Blackburn where you kind of felt he was exposed, but that’s something we’ll see improve as the season goes on. The main things about Koscielny is his positioning and aerial ability – which look very good. His calmness and decision making seem to be getting better – the Bolton goal aside – and I can definitely see the potential and the reasons why Arsene was keen to sign the former Lorient man.

Sebastian Squillaci

With Djourou, Nordtveit, Koscielny and Vermaelen, an experienced head was required as backup to the team… and Arsene managed to get Squillaci in on a relatively cheap deal – and from the small amount of football I’ve seen him play in – he looks like exactly what we needed. He seems to play the Arsenal way, seems to be relatively stable and good in the air. Physically he looked like he had Bolton in his pocket last weekend, so let’s hope for more of the same this weekend.

Jack Wilshere

Now onto Mr Jack Andrew Wilshere – a player who is suddenly a permanent fixture in our team – he’s played pretty much most of the games this season and he’s controlled a lot of the ball during his games. In fact, down at the Lane on Tuesday, it was in fact the Wilshere show – such was his impact on the team. To think the kid is only 18 is amazing and he will no doubt be the future Mr. Arsenal. In some  way, we’re very blessed to have such an amazing player start his career with us in such a fashion – this type of natural ability doesn’t come around every day and as long as Jack’s playing, we’ll have a chance for every trophy. To have Nasri, Cesc and Wilshere in the same team on form could be something special this season.

Rosicky took time out to speak about Jack, and had this to say:

“He is great talent. For his age he has a great brain and he has a great future. When he has got the ball he is very calm, that’s something that sometimes younger guys don’t have – they panic a little bit or something. With him you don’t see that though – he is very comfortable with the ball. That’s the first quality you are looking for and he has got that. Obviously we want Cesc in our line-up but all players who started [at Tottenham] showed that they are ready.”

And that’s an accolade from a golden oldie…

So, that’s my take on the Carling Cup and the new signings… back tomorrow for a WBA preview…!!

Over to the comments for now…

  • Indian Gunner

    Koscielny is absolutely brilliant against sunderland…won all the headers and was extremely quick…I am still wondering how Arsene wenger gets it right with his signings all the time…

    Koscielny and vermaelen partnership is going to bring league us the League title….

  • jeffvip

    They are all playing surprising well and on the same frequency already with other Arsenal player

    ‘old’-Arsenal players always seems to be the most fragile player in the Premier League. Hopes to see our new signing (include Willshere) get off this kind of injuries-curse.

  • syah

    im definitely happy with how the whole team are performing now. i think there was this point of time last season when it was damn hard for the team to score goals. i dont see that being a problem this sease. i hope. anyways how come the media never praises arsenal as much as other teams??

  • devday

    @ Indian Gunner:
    I agree – Kos & TV partnership looked good – I do think that without Song, Denilson doesn’t cover them as well, which is a bit of a problem when Song is out. But definitely LK and TV are first choice :-)

  • devday

    @ syah:
    At the moment, I have to say there has been quite a bit of praise at our boys – the way in which we’re dominating games is catching everyone’s eyes…

    Chelsea however haven’t dropped points in the league yet, so of course, will be lauded with more praise – plus their football isn’t as bad as it used to be!!!

  • devday

    @ jeffvip:
    Let’s hope that we keep some of these guys fit – to have the younger players such as Cesc, Walcott, Bendtner, RvP, Vermaelen and Diaby constantly injured and getting re-injured all the time is a bit of a worry!!!

  • devday

    Vermaelen out of West Brom game confirmed – Looks like Koscielny & Squillaci will start…

  • Nick

    Agreed, all the signings have done well for us.

    Cesc says he’ll be fit for the Chelsea match. I sure hope so. We need to take points from Chelsea.

  • devday

    @ Nick:
    If Cesc is fit for the Chelsea game, I’ll be a happy happy man!
    Vermaelen and Diaby should both be back by then too :-)

  • Yemi

    Quoting Dev on Twitter:

    “The Arsenal’s 11 starters + 3 subs = £53.2m; Sp*ds 11 starters + 3 subs = £88.7m”

  • devday

    @ Yemi:
    Amazing, isn’t it? When my mates who are Sp*rs fans said “oh, but you played a strong squad and we played a reserve”, I reminded them of the fact above… they shutup immediately.!

  • Sam

    In fact, among all players, Wilshere has started the most games this season!