Today is “one of those days”… a typical Monday after a great Monday last week. For every great victory, for every outstanding performance, there is a dire, dire one, just round the corner. For every victory against Barcelona, there is a loss against Birmingham… for every win against Man United, there is a loss to Stoke or Bolton just round the corner. All three goals on the weekend came from “naive” and basically stupid defending.
In fact, if you look at most of our goals conceded, the majority have come from defensive mistakes and / or goalkeeping errors this season. The team does a decent defensive job, but individual mistakes cost the club many points, and many games. It needs to be addressed this summer, with a proper player or two coming in to do a job. As much as I love the emerging talents of Djourou and Koscielny, their both inexperienced and both learning their trade.
Over the weekend, it was revealed that Chris Samba was close to joining us in the January transfer window – apparently the move was blocked by Blackburn. If that was the case, then Arsene obviously knew we needed the experience of a Premiership defender, but failed to strengthen the team. It makes it worse when all the fans, the pundits and even the manager know we need to strengthen defensively and yet we don’t fix the known issue. I work in IT software development and if there is a bug of some sort in the software, then you get your best men on the case to fix it. You don’t sit there and defend it and play it down… Arsene needs to act this summer to add some men to this group, otherwise we simply won’t win anything in the foreseeable future.
The weekend’s team was the same one that lined up against Man United:
Sagna – Djourou – Koscielny – Gibbs
Wilshere – Song
Walcott – Ramsey – Arshavin
With a bench of Lehmann, Eboue, Vermaelen, Squillaci, Rosicky, Bendtner, Chamakh
If you look at the bench, it’s not that impressive. Rosicky is on his last legs, and both Chamakh and Bendtner are proving more and more inept and their contributions to changing games has really diminished this season. Eboue is just too random for the team, Squillaci is definitely a liability and Lehmann stop gap period is nearly over. Look further afield, then you’ve got the likes of Denilson (who Arsene seems to have permanently dropped), Diaby, who is probably the most injury prone player in the Premiership and then on-loan Vela who looks a third of the player Hernandez is… Which leaves our main eleven (Cesc, Vermaelen, Nasri aside), as the best we have… and if the best we have can’t win against