Aug 142008

FC Twente 0 Arsenal 2 (Gallas 63, Adebayor 82)
Champions League Qualifier

There is no satisfying some people. Last night we travelled to Holland shorn of a complete first choice midfield (Nasri-Diaby-Cesc-Rosicky) to to open our season with a vital but tricky tie away to a side that qualified by beating Ajax in a playoff a few months ago. The players were always going to be rusty so early in the campaign, and as Paul Merson was saying on Sky, an up for it Twente side were playing about as well as they possibly could. But despite all that, we came away with a 2-0 victory.

And yet people still complain. No, it wasn’t a vintage performance, but did you really expect that with such a young midfield? Three teenagers and Eboue isn’t exactly going to scare Europe, but they did okay. Almunia was good in goal, captain Gallas opened his ‘leading by example’ season with a vital goal from an excellent Van Persie delivery, and Adebayor took his chance when Walcott played an intelligent ball across to him.

Liverpool, meanwhile, were being outplayed by Standard Liege, a side so bad when we last played them that we travelled to Belgium back in 93/94 and came away with a 7-0 victory, with even Ian Selley and Eddie McGoldrick getting on the scoresheet. Last night, Liverpool only escaped thanks to a goal not being given that looked suspiciously over the line, and a penalty save from Reina (which admittedly wasn’t a penalty). Their much-feted 40m+ front pairing didn’t create a chance all night.

So imagine if their fans were as defeatist as some of ours? They’d be writing off their side before the season had even begun, when in reality they’ll probably triumph at Anfield and last night won’t matter.

And with a 2-0 lead from the away leg, we’re practically in the group stages too, and furthermore, we can rotate in the second leg, which is excellent news given how many players we have with slight niggles. That result, combined with no more injuries, made for a perfect night.

I’m not saying it was a champagne performance, and I’m not asking anyone to pretend it was. All I’m asking for is a little perspective.

  6 Responses to “Depleted Arsenal win and still the naysayers complain”

  1. gd post m8

  2. I think the yong Guner Perform very well yesterday. arsenal still need diffencive midfidder.

  3. totally agree m8, tink ur spot on with this post. infact i think we need more of what we saw last nite as the season draws on, winning scrappy is still winning!!

  4. I’m a naysayer but of course appreciate the positives from last night. The simple fact is that our “first choice midfield (Nasri-Diaby-Cesc-Rosicky)” contains two absolute sicknotes…plus Diaby and Nasri are still unproven in the Premiership.

    Although I think Rambo looks mustard and will be a great acquisition for us, I believe Denilson still hasn’t lived up to his potential (due to injury problems maybe).

    It’s as simple as this though, would Manchester United or Chelsea have an area of their squads as threadbare as we have with a holding midfielder. Ideally, I’d like to see three new signings (GK, CB and Defensive midfielder) but the minimum to see us through this season with a chance of winning a trophy is a holding midfielder.

    Now, I don’t want us to get deeper into debt especially with the coming recession, but, this holding midfielder can not be a gamble, no Inler-like second rate characters…so we may need to break the bank and bring in Lorik Cana. The dude is a monster!!!

  5. Too bad Cana is cup tied now as is Alonso!!! Not sure if Yaya played for Barca but i suspect he will be cup tied too.

  6. yes you are right! who cares about the result, the first team fully fit will make many opposing managers shit in their nightmares. walcott’s demotion from the national team might have caused his grudgey feel of the ball. KIDS!

    even he was picked to make that assist, with adebayor’s mis-hit tap drooping across the line. damn the luck has switched sides for once!

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