Ferenbahce vs Arsenal, post-match thoughts: Glad it was Guiza, impressed by Ramsey’s confidence
Written by Chris on October 22, 2008 9:41
As much as I love Arsenal and the young side we have this season, yesterday’s match leaves a bitter taste ahead of the future. With the exception of Denilson, in midfield(with Diaby’s return), when we went forward and when we had to put it in, we were impeccable. But, and it’s a big but, back there question marks have to be raised.
I don’t want to start by that though, I want to start with Aaron Ramsey. I knew little of the kid when he signed, just that he rejected a move to Manchester United to join us and I didn’t see much of him during the summer friendlies. But yesterday, he came in, was up to the challenge, wanted the ball and was not shy to shoot. At one stage when he went to take the ball “away from” Eboue(I think), I thought it was Fabregas on the ball. This kid’s got huge confidence and that is why I’m less worried about all the rumours going on about Fabregas, because if Barcelona do convince him to join them, then Aaron can take his place. In the meantime, wouldn’t it be nice to see the two of them alongside each other? I know someone who can leave this space to Ramsey.
Back to the backline. There are two things to consider here:
One: It ended up being a much more easier match than we thought, and maybe, just maybe, the backline relaxed a little. Do you really think so? I don’t. This was only Silvestre’s second match and Song wants to prove himself, so I don’t think these two decided to take it easy.
Two: You may object the problem I’m talking about by saying that Gallas, Toure and Sagna were all out injured. Very good point, but it’s valid until the season progresses and you realise how much we lack in depth. Take last season. The main reason for failing to lift a trophy was Eduardo’s injury but there were other reasons and one of them was indeed the lack of depth which we ended up suffering when our main figures got tired. They were still used rather than be rotated and the result was injuries, like Sagna’s.
Now let’s analyse this season.
1. The defeat at Fulham was cancelled out by some fine wins against Twente Enschede, Newcastle, Bolton and the peak was reached with the 6 goal party against Sheffield United in the League Cup.
2. Then we lost at Hull. Many thought this was cancelled out by the 4-0 win against Porto. I didn’t, and in fact we could only snatch a late equaliser against Sunderland.
3. Now we won against Everton and Fenerbahce in style. Will these cancel the defeat at Hull and the disapponting draw against Sunderland? I hope not. By cancelling out I mean totally forgetting about the problems and mistakes which were made during the matches.
So as you can see, our season so far has had more up and dows than a tennis ball would have during a 3-hour match at Wimbledon. It’s not the fact that we are yet to face the top teams in the Premiership that worries me. It doesn’t necessary has to be Rooney instead of Guiza to be punished since Hull’s Geovanni, as we saw, was enough to do that. What worries me is that we’re becoming more and more – as I said in the past – like those 1970s Brazilian teams who would concede 4 in a match, but score 5.
The problem is that our strikers are not delivering, and to score 5, you need to take all your chances. Right now, we’re only taking 50% of them.