This is my first blog of the season and I have been a silent spectator to the ups and downs this season has provided for our team. A new look team, thankfully the same coach and a few big departures later we remain in the midtable with almost one third of the season over, a good 11 points behind United. This is definitely bad no doubt but I do have some hope for this team.
A spineless performance against United at Old Trafford this season was the lowest of lows in terms of footballing ability and last season was probably the low in terms of a scoreline but we played better last season there. The missing thing in this season’s match at OT was confidence that the team had in its ability. The team should be really ashamed of the performance that we put in at OT. Shameful would be the right word. Van Persie seems to be like a good signing for United and a bad transfer out for us. Vermaelen looked guilty for giving him the assist for the first goal. I would reckon if we had not conceded at that stage the match we would have lost for sure but maybe the match would have been more tight.
Anyways the reason why I am writing this blog is because I believe in this team and I believe the confidenceo will come back from couple of things which we need to do rightaway – one give more support to our main striker Giroud, pump in more balls from the flanks and let him attack. I think the best weapon he has in his armour is his heading ability and we need supply. The second most important thing that Wenger needs to do is sign Walcott on a long term contract. He deservs that extra credit over his peers in the team due to his extra marketability. There is only one name that you hear in th stadium when we need some extra pace or anything extra – and thats Theo!!! C’mon Arsene, he deserves that extra 10k.
And against Fuham, the team showed the fighting spirit but this was not what was expected atleast at home. This Fulham team is good but I don’t think they are as good as us. The saddening part of the match was what happened to Mikel Arteta. I have started liking that player for his consistency over the last couple of seasons. He is one player whom you can trust to carry the team forward on. But he lost his confidence in giving away the penalty and then not scoring one. But I am sure a player like him will bounce back.
And with the likes of Cazorla and Podolski in the XI, and Rosicky and Wilshere to come back to 100% fitness I think the quality will only show at some stage this season. I don’t think all’s lost come what may in the London derby next week. So here is to a smooth thrashing of the Spuds this week.