Interesting performance against Newcastle as Wenger rubbishes Mata and Jadson rumours
Written by Jeff Patterson on August 14, 2011 9:00
Interesting performance today, and right from the off, you can tell it’s the first match of the season. Newcastle looked to defend, Arsenal looked to … pass the ball around, and the match just sort of meandered from there.
Gervinho looks to be proving my earlier assessment correct. Yet another appearance where he has looked extremely dangerous the entire game, but wasteful with his end product.
This is just his style, and if you watched many of his matches last season at Lille, you can see the same thing there as well. Still, a player who can be dangerous for 90 minutes is something Arsenal desperately need right now. Inevitably, some of those chances will turn into goals and assists.
The rest of the attack looked rather lifeless for much of the match. Given that Jack Wilshere was the only regular from the preseason missing, it was frustrating to see Arsenal struggle so. Newcastle set out to defend before attack, but let’s be honest, Arsenal will almost always face that kind of a gameplan, so using it as an excuse is very concerning.
It’s also rather disappointing to hear that Wenger has no plans to pursue Juan Mata, at least this summer. Wenger also distanced himself from any rumors that Brazilian midfielder Jadson was lined up as a replacement.
Now, I don’t know if this just Arsene throwing everyone “off the scent,” but it doesn’t feel like the case. I grant you that Mata is just one player, and rubbishing one rumor does not mean that that no players will be bought.
The frustrating element is that Juan Mata is a proven talent, and a rather big name. Without over-hyping (too late), he could almost be categorized as a “perfect signing” for Wenger. He’s a quick winger, he can pass, move and score, he’s young, and in my opinion 20 million would not be an unreasonable fee to obtain his services.
He’s a player who would be entering his prime years, already has plenty of top club experience, as well as champions league.
So, with that said, Arsene said he plans to buy, and the Arsenal board HAS said that they plan to reinvest 100% of any funds generated through sales of Nasri and Fabregas. Keep in mind that doesn’t mean all the funds will be spent this summer, however, one does hope Arsene doesn’t linger too long.
So first match in the bag, and we take a point off a defensive-minded Newcastle. It’s hard to say it’s a point won, and not 2 points lost, but we shall see where things end up.