Hit or Miss?

Very interesting post from Tottz yesterday – it felt like we were there with him.

Interesting words from Gazidis also, publicly backing the manager which in itself seemed to cause more disruption than it did anything else. Yes, Arsene has been criticised, yes, we’ve had the worst start ever under his reigns – but does anyone really think that Arsene’s future is in doubt? Of course not – especially not after 5 games. For Gazidis to say what he said and back the manager, telling us his job is safe is odd… but then again, all of our communication is odd, scripted and on the same agenda…

On Tuesday night, we did see some of the hopefuls and today I’m talking to you about whether I thought they were hits or misses….

Alexander Oxlade-Chamberlain – Hit

By the headlines that have been around the net, you probably already know that this 18 year old is a serious hit with me and most Arsenal fans around. His display won him the man of the match award, but it was his second half performance that really caught my eye. Having started the game a disciplined right sided winger, he ended the game as an all action midfielder, on the left, the right and central. At 18 years of age, he has a serious amount of talent in his armoury and he seems eager to use it…

That was his goal yesterday (apologies for the type of video, but it was all that was available)… and it was a bullet – it wasn’t the only shot he had, he had quite a few pings and a few crosses and cut backs – the accuracy of which looked very decent.

Oxlade spoke after the game:

I think it is a really good squad. I think we just need to keep plugging away and it will come right for us. There are a lot of quality, quality signings here and a lot of quality in the boys that are already here. We just need to gel together now and kick on. I think we have what it takes to get to the final in this competition and put in a good claim in the Premier League and the FA Cup too.

Now that’s what I’m talking about… Hard work and desire… bring it on…

Francis Coquelin – Hit

On loan last season, he’s come back with a bit of swagger. Debuted earlier this season against Manchester United in that awful defeat, but in the Carling Cup, he shows some great glimpses of quality both in defence and in attack. He sprayed some beautiful balls diagonally, right to left, left to right. He kept his cool when under pressure too and defensively, if it wasn’t for him, we’d surely have conceded one than one against the Shrews…

Park Chu-Young – The Jury Is Out

The Korean International recently scored a hat-trick for his country; when Arsene decided how to play the game this week, he changed his usual 4-2-3-1 formation and opted to accommodate Park into a 4-4-2. Perhaps thinking that it would get the best out of the striker. For the most part, Park had a solid game – but I didn’t see anything “super” about his quality. Early days in his Arsenal career, but he didn’t do anything to impress or un-impress. The jury is still out on the Korean, and let’s see what he made of in the next few games…

Ignasi Miquel – Hit

Miquel, our current reserve team captain, seems to have something about him. Partnered with an experienced arm in Johan Djourou, Miquel excelled and outshone his partner. Whether or not that was because of Djourou’s woeful form or whether he was actually good will be seen soon, but from what I saw, I think I’d prefer Miquel chosen ahead of Djourou!

Carl Jenkinson – Hit

Carl Jenkinson has surely played more games than he thought he would have including the Champions League and Premier League too. Arsene bought him from Charlton for £1m this season and you thought at that age and price tag, he wouldn’t be very good – well, he’s proved he will be a very good back up for Sagna this season. He does need games, but competitions like the Carling Cup will give him those chances. He did have a good understanding with Oxlade Chamberlain – perhaps a better one than with Theo Walcott…

All things point to a 4-4-2 very soon with Theo up front and Oxlade on the wings… early days in the season at the moment, so let’s just take it one game at a time… starting with Bolton this weekend… match preview coming tomorrow…

  • arsenaloudin

    Yes. We are happy that now we are assured of quality replacement of the present team. Those boys proved that night that they have the flame of desire to win every match. Something which is missing from some of our first team players. I personally feel, and I think a section the Gooners feel alike, that Arsene should change his policy abit in choosing the best eleven . Forget about age, or seniority. The Arsenal come first before individuals. Individuals or personnel can change but The Arsenal remains. Pele and Maradonna played in the senior national team in the World cup ahead of many senior players because THEY WERE ABLE TO APPLY MUCH BETTER than tflhe senior players. The advantage is that this will keep everybody on their toes because there is no guarentee that they will be in the starting line up.

  • TrueGunner33

    Given our leaders assertion that he does not need any help in coaching the team to defend because according to him he’s been doing it right for the last 30 years can there be any more doubt that he is away with the fairies. Wenger’s obsession with zonal marking, his insistence in converting midfield players into full backs and his complete inertia when it comes to central defenders exposes him as someone who needs all the help he can get. The problem is he is so arrogant he wont listen to anyone.

  • bergChamp

    Didn’t he get in Martin Keown a few years back?