It Hurts Because…

It Hurts Because…

We all asked for Arsene to sign a proven striker in the summer. With the departures of Henry, Adebayor and Eduardo, all our proven goalscorers are gone. Whilst Van Persie is an excellent striker, you cannot rely on one player, one striker to win games for you. If Van Persie isn’t on form, then we’re screwed. If he is man marked by two players, then we don’t have another striker on board. Putting faith in Bendtner and Chamakh as backups to 2 main strikers could be passable, but when you consider the opposition have the likes of Anelka, Drogba and Torres or Rooney, Berbatov and Hernandez – then it put’s our lack of quality it into perspective.

It Hurts Because…

We definitely asked Arsene to buy a quality centre back in the last 5 summers.

Djourou was unknown, Squillaci was a golden oldie from Sevilla reserves, Koscielny only had one season of top-flight football. Gallas had gone, Toure had gone the previous summer. We needed perhaps two world class centre backs, but at least one – at minimum, we needed a top defender. Was it really time for Gallas to go? He’d formed a decent partnership with Vermaelen the season before. But he did, and it was time to replace. The great form of Djourou is something that Arsene could not have banked on – so in reality, we should have got one. The defensive crisis we’re facing where we’ve had to play Miquel this season tells a definite story.

It Hurts Because…

The goalkeeping department is still inadequate. Almunia was brought to this club on a whim that he could perform at the highest level… but he can’t. He wasn’t a first choice at his previous club – in fact, he was on loan at another club as he didn’t make 3rd choice – Arsene brought him in and put faith in him. But he clearly is not up to the standard that a Premiership goalkeeper should be – and therefore definitely not up to the standard of the Arsenal.

It Hurts Because…

Sp*rs are doing so well in the Champions League – a competition that was supposed to be a fish to big for them to fry. A competition that Gooners consider theirs. They seem interested, have a desire to win and have the tenacity to want to win. Whereas, we don’t seem bothered – we don’t seem like we want it. We were given an easy group – a group where we finished second, which in itself was poor. Yes, we have our moment, like Barcelona at home, but we simply don’t want this as much as we should.

It Hurts Because…

Man United have given us ample opportunities to take over this league. We’ve had home games against Sunderland, Blackburn and West Brom, where we’ve only picked up 3 of a possible 9 points. We’re 7 points behind and we could easily be one point behind. We’ve spent all season and got ourselves into a good position, only to throw it away at the end of the season – we do this every season. We stop playing football, lose all our ideas and can’t seem to win anything. This team doesn’t have a winning mentality, even when it’s put on a golden platter – who else would throw away a Carling Cup final at Wembley against Birmingham – only the Arsenal.

It Hurts Because…

We all know that playing 4-5-1 at home is not the formation we should be playing. We know it’s way too defensive to play at home against teams who put 10 men behind the ball – but we continue to play it season after season. Why? Only Arsene knows (or doesn’t know)

It Hurts Because…

We don’t spend on proper players. We spend £10m on Walcott and £10m on Koscielny, but we don’t spend good money where it counts. Ashley Young went to Villa for £12m and we could have got him for less the year before, but we weren’t interested. We could have got Jermain Defoe (who would score bags of goals if played in a 4-4-2 with Van Persie), who is a Gooner and wanted to come. We could have got Adam Johnson, and players alike who we need. We need a backup DM, but we’d rather spend £5m on a 17 year old midfielder than £4m on a player like Tiote. Luis Suarez anyone?

It Hurts Because…

We’re not young any more. We were young 6 years ago when the likes of RvP, Cesc etc were bottling it – but years on, and the crux of the team is 23 to 27. That’s not young. They’ve all had seasons of Premiership football behind them. That’s serious game time. The excuse of “this is a young team” is just not good enough. If it’s a young team, then buy some older players – not a 37 year old Campbell or a 41 year old Lehmann, players just older than 25!

It Hurts Because…

Arsene continually backs “his” players. The likes of Denilson, Diaby and Bendtner are not of the quality, mentality or consistency that is required at the Arsenal. They are a part of Arsene grand scheme of things since the stadium, but they’ve not performed and if anything, gone backwards. Yes we see glimpses, but the three aformentioned players are not first choice players for the Arsenal and Arsene needs to realise that it’s time to refresh the team and lose the players who can’t contribute – hell, they couldn’t even beat the likes of Huddersfield, Leeds or Ipswich!

It Hurts Because…

It happens every season. The same issues, the same problems – they’re not addressed. The same progression, the same hope – when there is no pressure, we do well, but at the end of the season, when it matters, our injuries expose a fragile team. A team which doesn’t have it in them. The lack of a striker, centre back and goalkeeper keep coming back to haunt us. We’re living in ground hog day – and I fear the same thing will happen next season.

  • James Knight

    It hurts…. because you’re right!

  • Jojo

    Excellent summary of how it all works down at the Emirates at the moment. It’s ridiculous and this season more than ever it hurts…

    It probably hurts more because of last summer’s decision – no established centre back, no goalkeeper and Gallas doing so well at Spurs who are still in the Champions League.

  • devday

    @ Jojo:
    You have to wonder how Arsene thinks about all of this – does he realise that he’s stuck us in ground-hog day for quite a while now – remember he said “we will definitely win something” this year… well, we haven’t AGAIN, so why even say that in the first place!

  • Arsefan101

    The truest part of it all is that it will happen next season too – Arsene has his Arsene specs on. He doesn’t see this. He is just excited that Vela is coming back and Vermaelen so he can fill the void – new striker and new centre back.

  • http://bucin.blogspot.com bucin

    very well said mate

  • Berth

    Arsene new 5 years ago. Not any more.

  • Berth

    Wenger does think through his A**. He seems like the enemy of progress, selling cool players like Flamini, Hleb and Kolo is just unforgivable. Sometimes I do wonder if he feels that the fans require a certain measure of success that only he can issue out; making him look like a “sadist god”.

    Its easy for someone to call a spade, a spade, but Wenger won’t call a spade a spade, he will see a spade and tell you it looks like a club. That alone tells you who we are dealing with.

  • Berth

    Do you guys know how much I refresh the skysports page a day hoping to see a breaking news that Wenger has resigned (he can’t be sacked though). That is how much faith I have lost in this man.

  • devday

    @ Berth:
    Wow, you have seriously lost faith… I don’t think AW is all that bad… but there are issues that he needs to address…

    I expect a change to 4-4-2 next season as well as some quality signings…

  • CON-MAN

    could not agree more

    I pray some Arsene reads this or some arsenal players. Not a dig, just an honest assessment

  • iffy

    Why must we use a single formation all season. Each game is different so we should be adapting. It makes us
    Predictable n dats why manure always seem to have one better

  • devday

    @ iffy:
    Man United have used 433, 451, 442 and even 4132 this season, and it’s all been very effective. Arsene seems to be reluctant to change formations – especially during games.