The first game of the season is now behind us and while we may not have gotten the result we quite wanted I’m sure were all glad to see the season underway. After the summer that featured the Euro 2012′s and some athletics meeting in London its always good to get back to our beloved Gunners. I’m not going to go into the nitty-gritty of the game, I’m sure we have all seen the highlights and all know the result at this stage. Instead we will look at the Good, Bad & Ugly of yesterdays game. Lets start positively with
- The full backs. Both Gibbo and Jenks impressed me yesterday with Gibbs in particular looking solid at the back. Jenks is still young and will only start until Bacary comes back to fitness but he acquitted himself very well yesterday.
- Santi Cazorla. The little Spaniard ran the show in midfield yesterday and everything seemed to go through him a lá Cesc. His ball through to Giroud near the end was a thing of beauty and his link play with Arteta was very impressive.
- Diaby. More for the fact that he came through a workout without any signs or news of injury than for his overall play. He was impressive in parts but still showed the odd Diabyish moment when dwelling on the ball.
- Gervinho. For me this was the most impressive he has looked in an Arsenal shirt. He continuously had the beating of his man and while the final ball was not always there it was most definitely a good start to the season for The Forehead.
Thats the positives out-of-the-way and while there wasnt much negatives there was some things I wasnt overly impressed with
- Mertesacker. I am by no means a complete Merte basher but there are things about the BFG that still scare me. On at least two occasions yesterday he lost out on a 60-40 tackle in his favor. For a man of 6 and a half feet he should come out on top in every one of these situations. His positioning seemed to be lacking at times as well particularly at the start when McClean got in behind him.
- Theo Walcott. For a player in the last year of his contract who is apparently looking for close to 100k he needs to do more to convince he is worthy of his salary. Yesterday saw the Theo who most Gooners wouldn’t mind seeing sold before September. Looking like he was playing with a ball made of butter and running the ball out of play just for the laugh of it.
And finally onto the worst part of the day
- I watched the game live on the internet yesterday and as a result didn’t bother to watch the highlights last night and I am not sure if this part was shown on MOTD. When the final whistle was blown yesterday there was a smattering of boos ringing out around the stadium, FUCKING BOOS!! We have played one game this season against a team that arrived with exactly zero attacking intention and havent managed to break them down. Not exactly the end of days now is it. People need to get behind the team. Forget about RVP and let Song fuck off to Spain and get behind the players that have the desire to play for our brilliant club.
Finally for today, Alex Song is in Barcelona discussing terms. I have plenty to say on the move and the player himself, and have already done on this very blog but I will wait until the move is confirmed to go into further detail.
Till The Next Time
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