Arsenal were playing the same squad for the longest consecutive period of games in a row since 1994 and slumped to their first defeat in 11 league games. All good things must indeed come to an end.
What has been most refreshing about Arsenal’s recent upturn in form is the way that Arsenal and Arsene Wenger have finally established a starting 11 that can push us on to title success next season.
Chelsea, are of course the Champions, and it is now possible that we don’t finish second. But it has been a great second half of the season for us regardless.
The Gunners have allowed the trio of David Ospina, Francis Coquelin and Hector Bellerin to rescue our season and it has paid off handsomely. We’re heading to the FA Cup Final and although yesterday’s defeat to Swansea City leaves a bitter taste in the mouth, we’ve a lot to look forward to for 2015/16.
In terms of the game itself, Arsenal were of course dominant throughout but Swansea City and their manager Garry Monk outsmarted us. That six man midfield proved a problem for us for the entire evening. I indeed hope that Tim Sherwood doesn’t learn anything from that performance by the Swans.
Arsenal need to now regroup and finish on the best possible note for the last two league games of the season. Wenger will need to rotate to keep his freshest legs fresh for the FA Cup Final.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve had enough. With Arsene Wenger effectively conceding the title to Chelsea yesterday, and after a shocking defensive display that saw Arsenal slump to a 2-1 defeat to Swansea City; I think most Gunners’ fans’ patience has now been fully tested.
Watching the game was an absolute nightmare. Bar Alexis Sanchez and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, we were awful. At the back Per Mertesacker had a shocker and Nacho Monreal IS NOT A CENTRE BACK. We had chances in the summer to buy a replacement for Vermaelen but failed. In midfield Aaron Ramsey played poorly and Mathieu Flamini and Mikel Arteta were non-existent. When is Arsene going to learn that these players are not good enough for a championship challenging side?
The worst part about it all, was the fact that Arsenal went out with the most useless looking line up for a visit to Swansea. You have to attack these teams. You can break them with talent alone. Why on earth we are still not playing Podolski and Joel Campbell and prefer to bring Yaya Sanogo off of the bench is a complete mystery to me and just about every Arsenal fan.
Arsene Wenger has lost the plot. He is so powerful at the club, he is the decision maker from top to bottom. The problem is, he’s got too much power and calls the shots. If players like Campbell and Podolski want to leave, he doesn’t play them. He’s too much pride. It’s time for him to consider his future.
I’m pretty sure we’ll be up there at the end of the season. The only silver lining is that Manchester United, Manchester City, Tottenham and Liverpool are also useless this season. We’ve still got plenty of time to push our way into the top four, which as we all know, is like a trophy to our ageing coach.
Is it time for a change? Yes, it probably is…
Good morning folks, it’s Saturday which means it’s finally time for Arsenal to play again! This weekend we’re traveling to Wales to take on the mighty Swansea. A lot has been made already about Arsenal’s good start to the season, but we have yet to really be tested apart from that 3-1 home defeat to Villa. A visit to Swansea is traditionally quite a tricky test and I truly believe a win at the Liberty will prove our title credentials this year.
In the early kick off today, Tottenham battled out a 1-1 draw against Chelsea. I couldn’t think of a better result, even if Chelsea would probably be happier with the result, getting a point away at a potential title rival.
That being said, the Arsenal players will be well aware of the result earlier today and will be firing on all cylinders when it comes to kick off time this afternoon.
As I mentioned earlier in the week, I’d like to see Arsenal play something of a defensive formation. I’d put Flamini behind Wilshere and Arteta, with both Ozil and Ramsey having the freedom to roam behind Giroud up front. It’s not a particularly defensive look but as you well know Ramsey nor Ozil are wingers, so we should fill up the centre of the park to block any potential attacks from the Swans.
One thing about this game is it sees us take on Michu. He’s a lively striker and I read somewhere this morning that linked us with a move for the Spaniard in the January transfer window again. I also read another blogger mention that if we signed Michu we would definitely be challenging for the title come the end of the year. He really has been one of the all time bargains of the Premier League. He’s quick, mobile, good in the air, good at finishing and still has a fair few years left before he reaches his prime. He wouldn’t be a bad signing for Arsenal at all. For now though, the focus should be on crowding him out. With Koscielny and Mertesacker at the back I’m more than confident we can drown out any Swansea attacks.
If we are going to be realistic challengers this season, we simply have to beat them.
My prediction is that the boys should grab a 2-0 win today and I’ll be crossing my fingers, toes, chopsticks and everything else hoping for that result. Enjoy the game!