Posted on Monday, 29th August 2011 by Mike Holmes
Well that was perhaps the worst defensive display I have ever seen from an Arsenal team. It was shambolic. It was so bad I can’t bring myself to think about it too much. With that in mind, I’ll keep this short.
Adams, Keown, Dixon, Winterburn, Bould and Seaman – that was a defence. The players that were on the pitch yesterday were nowhere near that level. Unless something radical happens in the next three days we can write off any chance of winning the title.
Let’s be honest, the chances of us winning the league this season aren’t good. Three bad results don’t spell the end of our challenge, but if we keep playing this way then we’ll keep dropping points.
We need signings. Promotions from within will clearly not do. We need two new centre-backs. Previously I was calling for just the one, but after yesterday, I think it’s fair to say that we need to radically revamp our back-line. Gary Cahill and Phil Jagielka will do.
We need some midfield steel. We had nothing yesterday.
Aaron Ramsey is ever improving, but he’s not ready to lead a title charge.
Tomas Rosicky is good, but he’s not a starter. Arshavin looks like he doesn’t care. We need a defensive midfielder. M’Vila will do the trick.
We had very little creativity as well. We need someone capable in a forward midfield position. There has been talk of Lucho Gonzalez from Marseille and Mikel Arteta from Everton. Whilst the Spaniard is already familiar with the league, Lucho has the height, power and leadership we need. Right now I’ll take either.
For what it’s worth, it sounds like Arsene Wenger has sorted out the backup striker situation by potentially whisking Park Chu-Young away from under the noses of Lille. Going forward yesterday we were ok. Scoring twice at Old Trafford is not an easy thing to do. It’s just a shame our forward players were so horribly let down by the defence.
The next three days will define our season. We can use the thrashing that we received yesterday as a catalyst, or we can let it destroy the team.
Wenger has his work cut out to make sure that the team sticks together and pulls through this.
I believe he can do it, but there are going to be many supporters calling for his head after our recent result. Whilst I wouldn’t knee jerk that far, yesterday has revealed some serious problems at the club. If Wenger doesn’t operate right now, then it may turn out to be terminal.
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