May 22, 2011
15/05/2011 Aston Villa Comment

Arsenal 1 Aston Villa 2

Another terrible defensive performance coupled with wasted chances at the other end, although, yet again, the referee decided where the points were going. He disallowed a goal that would have stood had it been any other team but Arsenal, and rejected 2 penalty appeals which again, appear to have been rejected based on the team which would have been awarded those penalties. This is forgetting the fact that Richard Dunne should have walked before half-time.

Squillachi was responsible for 1.5 of the Villa goals and Sagna did not cover himself in glory but he had just been included in the team of the year and these awards seem to invite trouble.

Surely the manager and team knew before kick-off that we had to win this game. I am sick of hearing complaints about the number of games ands then having to watch a performance like this which may condemn us to 2 more of them. Wenger needs to start prioritising. If he is serious about playing less games in a season, maybe it would be better to sign more mediocre players. Then we wouldn't have to worry about all those troublesome Champions League fixtures and could focus on the Carling Cup.

I would also like the FA to take a serious look at the standard of refereeing in the Premier League. A lot of big decisions have gone against us this season and, believe me, they don't even themselves out. The FA need to start by allowing retrospective action to be taken after matches, regardless of whether a referee is deemed to have dealt with a matter during the course of a game. I don't want the amount of red tape and bureaucracy in the game to increase, but, in regular business, the frequency of these mistakes and their effect on the running of that business would have resulted in action being taken long ago.


May 15, 2011
08/05/2011 Stoke City Comment

Stoke City 3 Arsenal 1

When only 3 players turn up for games, they can be difficult to win. If the defence hasn't turned up for the game, outscoring the opposition can be extremely difficult. How much does this team want champions league footbal next season?

May 2, 2011
01/05/2011 Man Utd Comment

Arsenal 1 Man Utd 0

We can defend leads! I was watching the game and I thought that Man Utd did not reallly look like they would score. As it turned out I was right. Squillachi came on for DJ and I was concerned. I shouldn't have worried. Man Utd posed no threat although the referee awarded far too many free-kicks for legitimate tackles. But not to us. Vidic could have been sent off twice and still Rudolph complains about decisions going against them. Arshavin must have been on some serious medication. He completed more successful tackles yesterday than during the rest of the season. I think his attitude had a positive effect on the rest of the team. Clichy still worries me. He hangs onto the ball for too long in defensive positions and often puts himself in a position where he is taking the ball towards his own goal. This sometimes has undesirable consequences. Song's performance was pivotal. He stayed back and allowed Aaron and Jack to go forward. Man Utd. were not able to live with our midfield.

We have had an attitude problem against the smaller clubs this season (and probably last season as well). It is not enough to merely turn up at matches and assume that the opposition will allow us to pass our way through their defence. We have to be prepared to make an effort to win the game, and this effort should not begin 20 minutes before the final whistle, but at the kick-off. If we had avoided the stupid defeats at the hands of the lesser teams, we would have walked away with the Premier League title this season (even after the refereeing fiasco). We have managed to beat Man City, Chelsea, Barcelona and Man Utd. This is not the performance of a team of also-rans.

Next year we need to strengthen the team in 4 key areas.

We need a goalkeeper with experience. This goalkeeper may not be able to get into the team when Fabianski is fit again, so we don't need to go spending crazy sums of money. No more than 4 million.

We need a solid central defender. TV will be fit in a couple of weeks. He is quality. DJ has been a revelation this season. He is quality. Kos has been very good in his first season. He has made mistakes, but he has also put in some great performances. He will improve. Squillachi did not look very impressive this season. He has not settled in well, although he hasn't made a mistake for 3 weeks now. We really need another defender, but again, I don't think we need to spend silly money given that we have Bartley and Miquel knocking on the door.

We need a solid DM. Song has been good (when he stays deep), but I don't think anyone else in the squad is particularly good in that position. We may have to spend some serious money to get a decent backup.

We could do with a striker who knows how to put the ball in the net. He needs to be able to get himself into scoring positions in the box. He needs to be able to get onto the end of crosses. etc.......

 I think players who fit the bill would be available for less than 25 million. Player sales should provide some of this money. Do we still have the Adebayor/Toure money in the bank?