It’s Friday, I’m back and I’m not quite sure where to start.
I should probably begin by apologising for the lack of a post yesterday. The truth was that I was utterly exhausted after getting up for two days of early morning-football and emotionally drained from watching us lose to Manchester United the way we did and having to write about it afterwards. Two days on from the loss I’m still unsure about what to conclusions to make about it, or indeed our season as a whole.
While I’ll speak about this in more detail once the season is complete, the feeling I have at the moment is one of overwhelming disappoint at our club’s inability to improve on last season’s efforts. While I don’t think we’ve gone backwards, we certainly haven’t moved forwards and I find that a little disheartening.
You can tell from the various player reactions after the game that they feel the same way. Kolo Toure and Cesc Fabregas was particularly distraught, Nicklas Bendtner hilariously drank his sorrows away, while Emmanuel Adebayor’s call for new players to be brought in indicate his feelings. Personally I don’t think he should be the one to say it – nor his recent comments about the interest of Milan, which have been hugely inappropriate – but it doesn’t necessarily stop him from being right.
I get the feeling that Arsene Wenger knows it too. He mentioned needing to “step away” from this game and review what had gone wrong and if he doesn’t dip into the transfer market at the end of the season I would be very surprised. I know I said that at the end of last season but the impression I get is that the manner of the defeat will force the manager to ask some serious questions about the quality of his squad.
It is, however, an issue to be dealt with at the end of the season. Before then we have three Premier League games to get through starting with fellow Champions League losing semi-finalists Chelsea on Sunday afternoon. Given the difficult week both clubs have had it’s likely to be a pretty ordinary game with nothing more than pride at stake. There’s not really much point in providing a preview because Wenger is likely to rotate his squad and I really have no idea how we might line up.
One player who won’t be returning on Sunday or indeed for the rest of the season is Gael Clichy. He’s been told to rest his injury and will not feature again as a result. It means Kieran Gibbs is likely to start and if he doesn’t get a huge reception from the Arsenal fans then I would be very surprised. He must still be feeling awful after Wednesday night and I think the supporters at The Emirates have a huge opportunity to show their support for the young fullback. I hope they take it.
Finally today is the good news that Theo Walcott has signed a new contract. Good on him.
Anyway, that’s it for today. It’s a bit of a jumble, I must admit, but I’m looking forward to starting afresh next week. In the meantime watch this if you need a bit of a laugh. What a twat he is.
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