Momentum, What Momentum?
Written by Jeff Patterson on August 29, 2011 8:00
There’s no way to sugarcoat yesterday’s performance. Looking at the positive’s (if you can find any at all), is a rather pointless exercise after your club is thoroughly humiliated by what was once considered to be our rivals.
And no, I don’t consider Manchester United to be Arsenal’s rival anymore. How can you? United was simply a class above today. If your keeping score at home, the class Manchester United are in should be labeled “Title Contender.” Feel free to file Arsenal under anything from “Best of the Rest,” to “Work in Progress,” or even “Utter Failures.”
How proud everyone at Highbury House must be, knowing that Arsenal have celebrated their 125th Anniversary with their worst loss in 110 years. ONE HUNDRED AND TEN YEARS. That’s how long it’s been since Arsenal last conceded 8 goals. Maybe we should go ahead and remove the “FORWARD” slogan from the Anniversary badge. “BACKWARD” might be a more fitting promise, because that seems to be where Arsene’s squad are heading.
I want to be fair to the players, and point out what a poor situation they are being subject to. Breaking into the first team at Arsenal used to mean you were joining a squad of established stars, and proven winners. Now it just means there is a decent chance that half of the starting lineup is younger than you!
These players don’t deserve to be thrown to the wolves like this, and what can we fans expect? Carl Jenkinson certainly looked out of his element yesterday, but what can you expect from a 19-year-old kid with NO premier league experience, and only ONE HALF a season of LEAGUE football altogether? The fact that Carl Jenkinson has played so major a role already this season is criminal.
Look at Danny Welbeck, who was sensational yesterday. Sir Alex didn’t just pluck him out of League One and toss him into the starting lineup. He payed his dues, first with a loan at Preston North End, and then last season, with a great loan spell in the Premiership for Sunderland. At the age of 20, Welbeck joins the Manchester United roster, as not only a promising youth, but a youth with Premier League experience.
There is no due-paying at Arsenal. 18-year-olds are bought and lured to North London by promises of playing time, and Arsenal fans are made to suffer their growing pains, when any proper side would loan them out to mid-table and bottom clubs, so that OTHER clubs can suffer the growing pains, not Arsenal.
Anyway, that’s all for me today, but I suspect I will be have more time to reflect on this debacle, especially with a 2 week layoff for international friendlies (HOORAY!).
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