Strange. very strange.
I have noticed that there has been a new approach to the criticism of Arsenal and Arsene Wenger. It sort of crept up on me. At first I swallowed it not realising what was happening.
The voices of the blogs. media and pundit land are doing something strange, very strange.
Looking back it began for me hearing someone on BBC Radio 5 football programme praising Sagna and saying that Arsene should extend his contract beyond his 31 years. ‘Good’ I thought an appreciation of one of our team at last.
Then I read a piece about Flamini being the best buy of the open window. I thought he signed on a ‘free’ but never mind.
Then someone told me that the big German at the centre of our defence who looks like a giraffe and can’t run as fast as an elephant can, has good positional sense. I wonder if the German team manager knows this. Does Arsene know? Did you know that Koscielny is playing a lot better now that he plays along side Mertsacker?
Then of course there have been the multiplicity of critics all banging the drum of ‘Last year I thought Ramsey was finished and should be sold off but this year he has proved me wrong.’
After the match against Liverpool there was the praise for Cazorola. ‘He’s as good as Ozil’ I heard one of our critics say. On the subject Ozil have you noticed that when he arrived he was the sun on our new dawn, but now the knives are slowly coming out for him?
Since the transfer of a certain presenter on Radio 5 to Talk Sport it seems to me Radio 5 football spots have improved considerably. However they fell down a little when I heard one of the present ones giving us his view on Giroud by saying that he is a very good midfielder with superb touch but he seems to lose it in front of goal. If he gets injured before the January window Arsenal will be lost because they don’t have another striker that can lead the attack. ‘Arsene must buy a top class striker.’ I presume by that he meant a striker as good as Giroud.
I have also read praise for Monreal and Arteta. Remember the latter being derided as nothing more than a panic buy!
All this praise for our players. Its very strange, very strange
However it was reading an article in the London Telegraph on Szczesny that opened my eyes of understanding. The writer concluded that there is every possibility of Szczesny living up to his potential.
From reading that I now understand what is happening, The voices of the blogs, media and pundit land are telling us one by one that we have a team of great players and they don’t know they are doing it! Nor do they realise that yet again they are telling us something we already know.
Long gone, is the accusation that we are a one player team and once that revolting player gets injured or moves to a team where can win something we will be lost. Well he did clear off.
In his place has come a team of talented players, playing as one. All thanks to Arsene. I wonder when Arsene’s critics will catch on to what we have been telling them for years.
‘Arsene knows best.’
- Woolwich Arsenal: The club that changed football – Arsenal’s early years
- Making the Arsenal – how the modern Arsenal was born in 1910
- The Crowd at Woolwich Arsenal FC: crowd behaviour at the early matches
The Arsenal History Blog from the AISA Arsenal History Society