Hey party people oaf12 here and welcome to Suburban Gooners!
This is my first blog since we launched our very own podcast! We have done four so far and I have enjoyed them all, I hope you have too but if you haven’t managed to catch one yet you can listen to them directly from our website, download from iTunes and soon we will also upload to YouTube so no excuses
If you are reading this blog you have @goonerdave66 to partly thank as he told me I should blog more….Dave I apologise in advance for the length of time between this blog and my next lol
Anyway let’s talk about our recent exit from the ‘Enter brand name here’ Cup, currently known as the Capital One Cup.
I’m not usually one to dwell on the past but, at the same time, if we are serious about moving ‘forward’ we must ensure we learn from our mistakes.
So, now that it has been a few days, the dust has settled and some of the emotions have calmed (oh and we beat Liverpool!!) I think it’s time we looked back at what we can learn from what actually happened, as opposed to what the Chavski fans would tell you happened.
Firstly, can the next Chelsea fan who says we shouldn’t be top of the league and that they dominated us please be shot! For all their supposed ‘dominance’ Mr Fabianski had a pretty easy night did he not? If you consider how bad the first goal was and what a good strike the second was, what did he actually have to do that anyone reading this couldn’t do???
My main takeaways from the game are:
We have two of the best left backs in the team, but only one of the best right backs.
I’m a big fan of Jenkinson and really hope he makes it. There is definitely something there to work with, you can tell off the back of some of his previous performances…he got an England cap didn’t he?…… Just like Jeffers!! :O
However, against the Chavs (and I don’t mean just the error for the goal) he looked out of depth – sure Sagna had a bad patch last year after his injury but there is a big gulf between their ability. So much so I think this may be an area we may need to look to invest. Especially is Bac’s contract is running low. Let’s get someone in please – even if back stays I would rather we had the cover, especially as Mr S has shown he is a more than adequate CB option too.
It may limited Jenkinson but maybe he could do with a loan move anyway. Afterall, I bet many clubs would bite our hands off for Nacho (mmmm Nachos), but would they do the same for Jenks??
Ryo Miyaichi is proper fast and….erm….nothing, he’s just fast!
It must have been hard for Jenks being off his game and having Ryo ahead of him! I had such hopes for him but I’m starting to doubt if he will make it. He didn’t really do much during his loan spells and looked below average in midweek!
I thought he was going to have a good game at first as early on Fabianski smashed a ball down the wing, Ryo flew past Bertrand and put in a cross. Unfortunately, the young left back had Ryo well under control for the remainder of the game. Maybe one more loan spell but he is currently well behind Gnabry in my eyes. He was too easily pushed off the ball too.
There is no future for Bendtner
I was willing to give him another chance and even mentioned about him doing OK against Norwich in a recent podcast.
However, after this game there can surely be no way back. The most frustrating thing about him is that every now and then he shows a glimpse of ability but then, like in this game, he just doesn’t even try. He didn’t look at all bothered and should have been dragged off at half time, if not before! Sure he can be missing some sharpness due to lack of game time but that doesn’t excuse lack of effort.
I took my 9 year old son to the game and he was really excited only to see a player act like that. On more than one occasion Rosicky was doing his running for him and it got to the stage where my son said “Daddy, it wouldn’t make any difference if Bendtner wasn’t even on the pitch would it” this was a statement not a question and I agreed.
Let’s hope we have a look around for some Giroud back-up in January!
Jack is nearly back but is Rambo tired
It is a shame about his current injury because it was great to see him ghosting past players like they weren’t even there. In the worlds of Mr Leeder,” he has his ‘burst’ back”.
Rambo didn’t seem his now usual influential self; I was worried he had started to tire. Then he had a great game against Liverpool. Let’s hope we can keep them both fit throughout the season.
Park is alive, and he can play football!
Yes he is real, I saw him! To be fair he didn’t look shocking when he came on either. That coupled with the half decent goal he scored against Bolton (seems like a lifetime ago) makes his situation, and financial write off, all rather puzzling?!?
The rest of the side seemed pretty OK to me. I thought Monreal had a good game, Cazorla is amazing and Giroud made an impact when he came on. Cazorla carried this through to the Liverpool game and with Gibbs’ injury these would have been important minutes for Monreal to get under his belt.
When you add Podolski, Flamini, Arteta, Ox, Walcott , Gnabry, etc. (all unavailable for the Chav game) to our ranks I don’t think our squad is as weak as we all thought at the start of the season.
The last thing I would like to say to the team is, will you please SHOOOOT!!!!!!! Thankfully Rambo listened before I even posted the blog.
I asked a question on Twitter and on the podcast following the Liverpool game. Following all of the negativity after the defeat to the chavs I asked whether anyone would swap it with the win at Liverpool – everybody said no and I agree.