Having by-passed the evil of Allerdyce, where next?

It is interesting how the world changes.  On 1 March Aston “If you go down, hold your head” Villa (so named after their tactics at the Ems this season) were six points clear of Arsenal, following a 2-2 draw with Stoke. 


But despite this rarefied position in the league their fans were full of utter dismay, raving against the players – and full of criticism at the way the club had chosen to opt out of the UEFA Cup (by sending a junior team to be defeated by CSKA Moscow) in order to ensure they didn’t get overwhelmed by fixtures and distracted in their drive for fourth position in the league.)


The worries of the Hold Your Head fans were well justified, for their club was in the midst of a run which over the last seven games reads won nil, drawn two, lost five.


With Hold Your Head out of the FA Cup and the UEFA Cup they only have the EPL to play for, and their form is not of the best, as the result today against the Tiny Totts at home, shows.  Here’s the summary


Aston Villa last seven games

Lost 5, drew 2, won 0


Lost to Everton in FA Cup 1-3

Drew with CSKA Moscow UEFA Cup 1-1 

Lost to Chelsea EPL 0-1

Lost to CSKA Moscow UEFA Cup 0-2 

Drew with Stoke EPL 2-2

Lost to Manchester City EPL 0-2

Lost to Tottenham EPL 1-2   


Arsenal meanwhile were being booed by a tiny minority of the 60,000 in the Ems after a few games that were thought to be not too wonderful, although the club has just gone 19 games without defeat (if one accepts the Champs League game won on penalties as a victory).    Looking at the league alone this is 15 games without defeat.

To compare with the Aston Hold Your Head figures above here’s Arsenal over the last seven.


Arsenal last seven games

Lost 0, drew 2, Won 5


Beat Cardiff FA Cup 4-0

Drew with Sunderland EPL 0-0Beat Roma Champs League  1-0

Drew with Fulham  EPL  0-0

Beat WBA  EPL 3-1                      

Beat Burnley  FA Cup. 3-0

Beat AS Roma Champs League on penalties

Beat Blackburn Rovers EPL 4-0



That clearly puts Arsenal in the better position – not only above Hold Your Head on goal difference, but actually in a much better run of form.


And there is a slight matter of players.  Thinking of the game against the evil and vile Blackburn, and what is to come next, my thoughts drift in this manner…


Arshavin is getting the hang of the EPL, and looks a stunning talent.  And he’s going to get better game by game.


Theo is short of match practice, and not near his previous best, but even at this standard, he brings something new to the side


We beat Blackburn 4-0 with all three of our first rank strikers missing


A back four of  Arshavin, Cesc, Denilson, Theo looks incredibly strong to me, but it makes me a bit sad for Song who is massively improved of late, and Nasri who has done so much all season, carrying the creative banner virtually on his own.   And where do we put Rosicky?


With some luck by the time of the next round of the Champs League we should have a fairly decent forward line to pick from, not to mention a stunning midfield.


This looks a powerful squad to me, and even allowing for the fact that there are internationals coming up when we can expect our squad once again to be decimated by the insanity of the idiot managers who will do anything to keep a player on the pitch for another two minutes, it seems more than enough to see us through.


Better, the squad can only get better.  When the age is taken into account, this looks a very powerful team indeed.


The EPL will of course do nothing to ban Allerdyce from football (see previous article), but at least we can continue to grow and develop.


(c) Tony Attwood 2009

3 Replies to “Having by-passed the evil of Allerdyce, where next?”

  1. Song (our man of the match in the last 2 games he featured in) on form is a much better partner for Cesc.
    Denilson needs to beef up. Choosing that midfield line-up you mentioned weakens the center of the team (…and to add to that, they’re all below average height).
    So, I’ll suggest going with either Diaby or Song alongside Fabregas.
    Also, a fully fit Rosicky and Arshavin get first dibs after Fabregas (no offence to the rest of the players). They’re far more composed and forward thinking than most of what we have.
    It’s exciting ’cause I see these kids developing faster with these more experienced players in the side.

  2. Wonderful performance by Arshavin at the weekend, but good performances all round.
    Interesting reaction to Bendtner by the crowd. Let’s face it he should have scored at least two and probably four. One was laid on a plate for him. Some of the crowd turned on him for missing the chances (as I said in a previous post, some fans just hapen to enjoy moaning) and there were a few coments in the press about the crowd’s treatment of Bendtner.
    But that is not the full story. Around me the fans stayed with him and sang his name. What more and more fans are appreciating is his big heart and great spirit. When he makes a mistake he gets straight back in the action and doesn’t let his head drop. He contributes to the team play and is getting better at finding the right positions. For a player so young he is mentally very strong, but he does need the crowd’s help. Note how he applauded the fans who sang his name when the chances were going astray.
    Stay with this kid (and he is still very young).He will score goals.

  3. to people slagging off Bendtner : ffs he is 20 yrs old.
    Only Ronaldo (no not that f*gball b!tchnaldo) was scoring 1 on 1 with keeper for fun at a similar age …. but then again he is arguably the best footballer of his generation; even the horse faced Dutchman of Manure who was a brilliant finisher didn’t develop his skills when he was ~20 or so.
    The finishing part of game will come … being at the right place is what matters right now at his age.

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