By Bulldog Drummond
For today’s game the Guardian had a lovely vision of this match…
“Enter Brendan Rodgers, accompanied by some notably discordant music.”
I love that as a starter. But I wish they wouldn’t then drift into stuff like, “It had been only a few months previously that Arsène Wenger had been heckled by his own supporters at the railway station after a defeat at Stoke.”
No, he was shouted at by about 0.3% of the away support of Arsenal. Or 0.000000000000001% of the total Arsenal support in England.
But there is a point to the effect that Arsenal needs to sort out the home form, starting today. The defeat to State Aid Utd followed 0-0 results with Chelsea and Sunderland and a defeat to Swansea, at the end of last season, with just the WBA game a bright moment.
Reviewing the situation, Mr Wenger said, “Against teams who came only to defend, we didn’t find the goal…. Most of the time if you really dominate the games you will win.” The key is to “Play with good pace.”
So what of Liverpool?
There is a story in the Independent today which really ought to stop people saying that Arsenal are incompetent in getting transfers done. Here is what the paper says; a story which suggests it wasn’t just that Alexis Sanchez simply wanted to live in London.
Every year Liverpool sign a multiplicity of players, and have some left over who they wish were not there, by the end of the season. Their failure to reach the Champions League most of the time is their problem, and their final position in recent years does not read like anything other than a club that might once in a while have lucky break by signing a vampire and then selling him quickly to a club about to be banned from transfers for child trafficking.
But there is a little something more I must take from the Guardian. Speaking of Mr W they say, “He does not Rodgers the job of rebuilding with Luis Suárez and Raheem Sterling prised away in successive summers.” (Well you know what they mean). Then asked if he has sympathy for them Mr W says,
“They refused to sell us Suárez so I cannot feel too much sympathy for them.”