Look, if you want to skip this article and go on to the next, then I can hardly blame you. After all, what is there left to say about Arsenal? Along with Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap, they are London’s longest-running show, a production that keeps turning out season after season, even though everybody already knows the ending. The butler did it, and Arsenal finish fourth.
It is what passes for humour in the Daily Telegraph and like all weak and feeble humour the joke is useless because it doesn’t have any basis in reality. Arsenal are the current FA Cup holders and have 15 years in the knock out stages of the Champs league. Incidentally Fulham are London’s oldest club that is still playing professionally. There was an exploration of merging Fulham and Arsenal in 1910, but it never got past a single meeting. Never mind Mr L. Who cares about the details?
Liew also speaks of the “years without a genuine title challenge” – well I seem to recall a period just a little while ago (2013/2014 actually) when we were top of the league for quite a while – but I guess being top of the league doesn’t qualify as a title challenge any more, just as winning the FA Cup doesn’t count any more. Here’s another of his phrases, “frustration in the transfer market,”. So Ozil was a “frustration in the transfer market”. And Sanchez? And Debuchy, Chambers, Welbeck… Hey ho. Details, details.
OK it is the usual load of tripe from one of the newspapers that the PGMO has targeted as an outlet to its wild ravings, to ensure that the press never, ever comment on the insanities of that crazed organisation – and Mr Liew obeys the unwritten injunction. So Don’t Mention The Ref.
But Mr L does do one thing, showing that no matter how curious a report a newspaper can print, it still has to have some relationship to the real world. And when I say “one thing” I mean besides admitting that Arsenal were playing at WBA.
He notes how the structure of the team changed with Giroud in the middle, Welbeck on one side, Sanchez on the other. It was the first time we have really seen it, and it clearly needs some bedding in. And Giroud is not yet 100%. But even so, it is rather an interesting project.
For even though in this match it took the threesome time to sort it, but as they did, it got to be rather fun.
What we have is that threesome in front for Santi Cazorla (another transfer that was not a disappointment Mr L) and Aaron Ramsey (another transfer that… oh hell, you know what I mean).
In an interview after the game Giroud called it, “Me, him, Alexis” and you can see what it all amounts to.
And that then poses of the question of Theo. It is hard to imagine, playing Me, him, Alexis, Ramsey and Santi, with Theo as well. And besides the Ox has been superb of late.
But what it does mean is that if we can keep some of them fit, we can have quite a swashbuckling forward line. And all this without Gnabry, who hasn’t been seen since his injury – I certainly hope he is recovering somehow. He came back at the end of October and was “fighting for his first team place” in early November but since then… I must have missed the news because I don’t know what has happened. Do let me know.
But for now let us leave him out and go with those who we have left. Me, him, Alexis, Theo, with further backup from Podolski, Sanogo, and maybe Campbell and Akpom.
And then lurking behind all those is the amazing Benik Afobe… but I think he needs an article of his own, so more of him shortly.
Meanwhile Mr L in the Telegraph commented at one point that Mr Wenger was “vaguely patronising” towards him. No mate, that wasn’t “vaguely patronising”. He was laughing at your lunatic lack of knowledge and insight.
But he’s just too polite to show it.
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