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- Ref, It Was Me! Ref, It Was Me! Apr 9, 2014 16:48 Flag
Yes, the lads have been well below par of late but I still think that both targets are doable given the quality of players we still have available in the squad and our oppositions. Why prioritise? Why not go all out for the two targets?
- Ref, It Was Me! Ref, It Was Me! Apr 8, 2014 09:24 Flag
Only a deluded fan would argue that injuries especially to key player(s) have no bearing on a club's fortunes. I think the problem most of us have with Wenger is we've been here so many times before in recent seasons that it isn't rocket science anymore to predict at the start of the season that these injuries will happen again, but what has Wenger done to prepare for them? Additionally, most pundits stated at the start of the season that Arsenal are striker-light and Giroud alone isn't sufficient and most likely he'd run out of steam at some point, watching Giroud getting owned by defenders and his limitations being exposed in recent weeks is a sorry sight for most, I know it isn't his fault as he is being asked to do things beyond him by a blinkered manager who refused to act upon the squad's shortcomings in previous campaigns. This is what happens when a manager has too much power. I think the fact that Wenger is answerable to no one but himself has become a problem for Arsenal.
We lost both Walcott and Ramsey at the start of the January transfer window, the manager has a full month to bring someone in in order to fresh the squad but Arsenal’s only January signing was an already injured player who is a fringe player for Zenit. I know it is harder to get quality players during January as most players are tied to their clubs and not many move during this period but come on, a club of Arsenal's status should have proper plan in place just in case and should be able to do better than a Zenit reject, with all due respect to Kallstrom whom I think has acted like a gentleman and professionally despite the acres of derisory news coverage directed towards him.
- Ref, It Was Me! Ref, It Was Me! Apr 7, 2014 22:42 Flag
No way Jose. But that's my opinion.
According to the record books, he's the '8 best striker' in the league thus far and no one can take that away from him even though I think there should be a clear distinction between peno goals and goals scored from open play, since not all players have a chance to take penalties as most teams have their nominated /regular peno takers, e.g. Gerrard (Liverpool). Therefore, we've got to accept that stats don't lie in this particular instance until a clear distinction is made between the two types of goals.
- Ref, It Was Me! Ref, It Was Me! Apr 7, 2014 15:40 Flag
I'd argue they don't lie....
Penalty taking is an art form in itself. There are those players who will always bottle it when asked to step up to take them like we saw during the Capital One Cup 2nd leg of the semi-final at OT and those who are confident takers like Gerrard.
Give credit where due, Steven deserves his luck as he's sticking his shots into the onion bag under huge pressure when asked to step up and take them.
- Ref, It Was Me! Ref, It Was Me! Apr 7, 2014 12:32 Flag
Typical, deflection attention from the real issue once again... --
"What do you make of Moyes' reign thus far, Rikki?
Do you think he should be given enough time to finish the job he started? "
- Ref, It Was Me! Ref, It Was Me! Apr 7, 2014 12:09 Flag
When you answer the footballing questions posed to you (to the best of your ability), Rikki.
And I mean proper, honest answers from you, sonny. Posting boll_ _cks or just waffling on for pages and pages won't wash. .
- Ref, It Was Me! Ref, It Was Me! Apr 7, 2014 11:27 Flag
The last CL spot is Arsenal's as Everton's run-in is tough but is that good enough consolation for a side who led the table for 17 weeks? I don't think so. We've stagnated again, the season would be a failure for me even if we win the FA Cup this season and finish in the top 4 place.
Liverpool and/or whoever wins the league is the only side(s) who has/have progressed out of the top 4 this season, imo.
- Ref, It Was Me! Ref, It Was Me! Apr 6, 2014 23:45 Flag
I mentioned Diaby in that list of shame simply because he's one of those players symptomatic of the problem with our squad. In an ideal world he would have been sold a long time ago because keeping him in the squad isn't adding value nor make economical or footballing sense since his overall contribution is pretty minimal. He's being with us for 8 years and most of his time has been spent on the injury treatment table rather than on-field. He played a total of 123 games since he's been with us, i can list a lot of players who have played equal amount of games in two seasons with their sides. For me, Diaby just like Bendtner aren't worth keeping as they are wage-suckers who take up useful squad places and contribute nothing to the cause.
Btw, Higuain made that claim in order to endear himself to Napoli fans after signing for them, I'm pretty sure if Wenger didn't mess around and match the fees Real wanted he would have been an Arsenal forward this season.
Man U have never paid £42M for a player either and that didn't stop us signing Ozil as he's proven himself to be the sort of quality players we needed in order to compete with the other top sides, Suarez falls into the same category. The £50M Liverpool wanted originally would have been a snip as Cavani was bought for £57M by PSG, an indication of the then going rate on players of his ilks, a missed opportunity which I'm pretty certain Wenger would be regretting in private.
The main problem I have with Wenger is he's too reactive in the transfer market as opposed to a proactive manager who works the system to his advantage, something Wenger isn't. Personally I doubt he would change his ways and I won't be too surprised if no value-added player is signed by Wenger if he is still in charge before the beginning of the 2014-15 season. I think Arsenal need a new manager with fresh ideas, rather than same ol same ol from Wenger.
- Ref, It Was Me! Ref, It Was Me! Apr 6, 2014 20:59 Flag
Just read this excellent piece by The Armchair Gonner this evening: "Another Terrible Performance. Can You Defend Arsene Wenger?"
Have a read on the Armchair Gooner's forum /site.
- Ref, It Was Me! Ref, It Was Me! Apr 6, 2014 20:18 Flag
"Wenger IS a top top manager" ? WAS more like.
With all due respect to Wenger, he needs reminding that he USED TO be 'a top top manager'. If you are honest with yourself, Wenger hasn't been one in the last few years.
No top manager would persist with an injury-prone player like Diaby who took up useful squad place.
No top manager would sign an injured player in January transfer window who took 5 more weeks to be ready for action when what was needed is someone who can come in and do a job for the team. Mourinho managed to get Matic in the same transfer window who made an impact for Chelsea.
The Bendtner situation is laughable, again all of Wenger's doing. We had the chance to cut of losses last summer on this mediocre striker but Wenger again decided to keep Bendtner in the last minutes of the summer transfer window.
"Wenger has tried to sign forwards"? Not entirely true, as Wenger had Higuain deal in the bag but lost out due to unwillingness to match the fees Real Madrid wanted. If I remember correctly, Brendan Rodgers stated that our offer for Suarez fell way short of the 50 million price Liverpool had in mind for their striker, but Wenger being Wenger, he missed that great opportunity to steal a great player from under the noses of the Scousers with his 40m and 1 pound idiotic bid.
With snail-paced Giroud 'leading the line'?, sorry, I mean Giroud dragging Arsenal down with his mediocre football.
Everton had Lukaku and Naismith upfront for them, Arsenal on the other hand had Giroud who made Naismith looked like a player with devastating pace. Wenger deserves yet another humiliating defeat. How could anyone continue to defend this arrogant, blinkered manager who persists with mediocre tactics/players?
- Reply to Old Mother Oink! Mar 25, 2014 04:07Ref, It Was Me! Ref, It Was Me! Apr 3, 2014 11:05 Flag
You mean like 'the old bat' scared you to death from answering the footballing questions I posed to you hypocrite!
Here, have a go, Rikk the hypocrite..............
What do you make of Moyes' reign thus far?
Do you think he should be given enough time to finish the job he started?
- Ref, It Was Me! Ref, It Was Me! Apr 2, 2014 12:37 Flag
Didn't the same FIFA banned Chelsea a few seasons ago, only to do a U-turn and lift the ban on Chelsea when Chelsea threatened legal actions? Don't hold your breath, Govinda.
- Ref, It Was Me! Ref, It Was Me! Apr 2, 2014 12:32 Flag
It would be a great coup if Arsenal can get him but sadly Bayern aren't a selling club and don't always sell one of their best players to the opposition. But you never know, we might get lucky finding a solution to our striking problem in the summer .
- Ref, It Was Me! Ref, It Was Me! Apr 2, 2014 12:25 Flag
I think Wenger is too blind, maybe too arrogant, to change his footballing philosophy. This is the main reason we kept losing badly to our closest rivals in recent years, imo. It seems to me that either Wenger is too ashamed to be reminded by the media that he instructed his team to ''park the bus'' in order to get the job done, something he has steadfastly slated other managers doing against Arsenal in the past, or he's being tactical incompetent as you can't always rely on one system / formation if you want to succeed.
- Ref, It Was Me! Ref, It Was Me! Apr 2, 2014 12:12 Flag
''80% possession means nothing''. Not always true, as you would have more chances of scoring if you retain possession of the ball than letting the opposing side keep hold of the ball for large period of the game. I think Bayern were their own worse enemy at Old Trafford as they tried to walk the ball into a parked defence aqnd into the net when a simple long range shot at goal would have done the trick. They made Man U's job too easy for them with their lack of attacking variation on the day. The introduction of Mandzukic changed the game for Bayern as Mandzukic is the right sort of forward who bullies tight defence, they got their break through his intelligent movement in the box.
- Ref, It Was Me! Ref, It Was Me! Apr 2, 2014 11:37 Flag
Judging from what I saw in the first game (total dominance by the away side), they would be spanked by Bayern in the Allianz Arena. I think you're letting your soft spot for Man U fool you and not thinking straight Govinda.