Many who watch Football will know of the crippling scoreline Arsenal faced on Sunday against long-time rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford. For those who don’t: 8-2. A weakened Arsenal side with 9 players injured, suspended or transferred (Sagna, Vermaelen, Wilshere, Gibbs, Gervinho, Song, Clichy, Nasri and Fabregas) meant that a Man Utd team with only 3 injuries (Ferdinand, Vidic, one of the Brazilian twins) meant that they could play their strongest side.
Watching your team lose is hard. Watching them lose to your rival is harder still. Watching them lose by a margin of 4 is unthinkable. By 6 incomprehensible. By 8 words cannot even describe. We played a starting 11 of Sceszney, Jenkinson, Djourou, Koscielny, Traore, Coquelin, Ramsay, Rosicky, Arshavin, Van Persie and Walcott. Only 3 of that team could be considered fresh to the Arsenal first team.
Jenkinson, received a red-card during the game, has not had the same Premier League pedigree as some of our other signings in the past. Added to the fact that the club sold Emmanuel Eboue earlier in the transfer period. Traore played for Juventus last year and should have been a number 2 to Gibbs if he can prove himself a #1 Left Back but after Sunday’s game he is rumoured to be signing for QPR. Coquelin the most unknown of the three players who looked fresh to Arsenal’s starting XI.
You cannot blame Szceszney for his performance on Sunday but questions should be made of the rest of the team. Their heads dropped and their performance dropped. It reminded me of a time when I played for a team who lost their heart. This looked like a team that had been emotionally battered and couldn’t find the heart to play anymore. Ramsay and Van Persie looked good during the majority of the game but all these facts only point to the strategy of Arsene Wenger.
And so we have to wait until the next game on September 10th against Swansea to see how they will fit in with the players and what they will bring to the club. The future looks bright though with two reputable defenders in Andre Santos and Per Mertesacker that will hopefully be able to seal the defensive errors and will make a great back four with Bacary Sagna and Thomas Vermaelen. Benayoun will push Arshavin to up his game or will take his place and I don’t know how Park will fit in with RVP, Chamakh and Ryo Miyachi already at the club. Then there’s the matter of Arteta. We’ll have to wait and see.