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A turbulent month

Posted on February 01, 2012 by Martin @ thegoonblog.com

The first two months of the season were awful, the atmosphere was angry, unsettled and going to watch the team wasn’t at all pleasant. The atmosphere eased after a good run of results, putting us well back into contention for the Champions League places.

A new year run that has yet to see us win in the league has heralded the return of that atmosphere, a portion of the fanbase have been very forward with their views on the manager and a few of the players – an injury crisis has not helped matters either – all in all, being an Arsenal fan in the past few weeks has not been the most pleasant of experiences.

I’ll put my viewpoint out there: Arsene Wenger has made mistakes, big mistakes, but there is no manager who could manage the club better with what is available to him in terms of money and playing staff. Some fans react like Arsene is on a mission to destroy Arsenal Football Club and undo all the good work he did up to 2005. At this point in time I am uncertain if Arsene will be in his position come the start of next season – I question if the board are giving him enough rope to hang himself, I guess we will just have to wait and see.

When it comes to January signings, or the lack of, the club certainly made approaches to players and gave certain players permission to leave. Nothing really materialised, but it strikes me that the club find it very hard to convince players to sign and find it even harder to get rid of players that are surplus to requirements. It is an area that really needs analysing and sharpening up before the summer because if the worst case scenario of Robin van Persie being sold arises, we will need to replace him with world class – no less – or we will be bang in trouble.

There has been many a rallying cry issued and I really don’t see the point in adding to them, however now more than ever the players need the fans behind them – the issues are slightly different to those of last season when certain players just couldn’t give a toss – we need Theo Walcott, Alex Song, Gervinho, and Aaron Ramsey to up their games, take even more of the responsibility that is heaped on Robin van Persie’s shoulders and start performing. When the team clicks it is undoubtedly one of the best in the league, one of the four best, the players just have to be fit and on form.

Tonight we face Bolton away from home and the importance of a win just can’t be stated enough, three league defeats in a row is just not good enough for any side, let alone one wanting to finish in the top four. No more slip-ups allowed, no more mistakes, get the job done and get out of there.

Come on Arsenal.

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4 to “A turbulent month”

  1. GoonerJames says:

    Well Said time for us to get behind the boys nothing else we can do now this is tne group we have until the Summer. Come on you Gooners

  2. James says:

    Must win tonight.

    Think we should give Ramsey a rest. Having him and Henry on the bench will be useful should we need a boost late on. Not sure if Sagna’s fitness will be top notch, but would like to see him back in the team given the urgency for 3 points.

    Sczesny; Sagna, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Vermaelen; Song, Arteta, Rosicky; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Walcott, Van Persie

  3. Jekyll says:

    Another manager wouldn’t have that playing staff to begin with. Those are all his players, they weren’t foisted on him.

  4. zdzis says:

    Yes, perhaps these players are his choices, and we saw him making very dramatic errors over the years, with horrid signings going nowhere but against the club. However, there have also been many signs over the past two years that Wenger doesn’t get the support he needs to pull some of the deals off. In the summer, we missed out on several players who were more or less openly courted by the club; the deals fell through and all Wenger could say was that he’s happy with the current squad. I didn’t believe he meant it then and I don’t believe it now. Numerically, we boast one of the biggest squads in EPL, but I don’t believe no one at Arsenal can see how badly the club misses some new options at some points of the field. Again, that’s something that gets confirmed over and over in official statements; that players are needed that could help RVP tug this boat along; that options are needed in the midfield. You don’t need to see a doctor to notice these communication issues. That’s why I believe we’ll some reshuffling at the end of the season. The painful thing is, I though last season was transitional; it turns out this one’s even more that.






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