It’s somehow as you were from last week but probably not in the manner many of us would have predicted .
In a show of true Englishness, Arsenal and Tottnum seem to be caught up in a rather odd contest of politeness:
‘I insist old fella you first… No, no please after you.
OK an odd picture to make my point but neither Arsenal nor Tottnum seem to want to take advantage of each other’s inability to win a game right now. Arsenal yet again underestimated and/or showed complacency against ‘lower’ opposition and were punished even after leading twice. All three Norwich goals were preventable through application of basic defending. After being one goal up, Ramsey and Song overlooked their defensive responsibilities and Norwich cut through our defence a number of times before finally scoring. I’ve noticed how Gibbs’ gets away with poor positional sense through his pace, however the one who loves to frustrate many defensively is Vermaelen.
To make it clear, I’m not saying Vermaelen is a weak link or not good enough, I just think he gets caught up in his own hype of being a ‘frustrated striker’. When Vermaelen wants to be, he’s a beast of a defender and a true captain. However if you watch the third goal again you will notice how TV5 has completely switch off and is standing square to the ball over the top. At times I really think he forgets that defending is his priority and attacking is the luxury.
Arsenal Football Club should never ever score three goals in a home game and not come away with 3 points. It’s about mentality; it’s about taking the opposition seriously and getting the job done.
I was as frustrated, angry and annoyed as I have been walking away from a game this season (and I’ve been to a few of those this season!!). There was no way that Tottnum would let an opportunity to go two points ahead of us go easily, especially against a rotten Villa team. I was very happily very wrong. Tottnum could only manage a 1-1 draw at Villa after being and goal and eventually one man down. With Newcastle losing to City and Chelsea losing to Liverpool last night, it was quite an odd weekend.
The requirement on Sunday is no different to what it was a week ago, we must go to West Brom, in Roy Hodgson’s last game, and get a win to secure third place and automatic qualification. Can we beat WBA? Of course we can, do you trust us to? Of course you don’t! We are our worst enemy.
Sunday is a cup final, bigger than the Carling Cup Final lost last season. There’s a lot more at stake on Sunday than an oddly designed three handled cup.
For one last time this season Arsenal, it’s time to stand up and be counted. Put everything on the line, blood sweat and tears. Treat WBA with the respect they deserve but be merciless when putting them to the sword.
I’m making no comment on the internet rumours doing the rounds about Yann M’Vila, it’s not confirmed and it’s not a priority right now. Marking Odemwingie, Shane Long and Chris Brunt are.
Come on The Arsenal!!!!!!