Links to the Red Action flag at the end, as requested.
Meanwhile I am irritated, not at the fact that other bloggers have different opinions from me (that would be an odd thing to be irritated about), but rather at the fact that there is still rampant negative blogging about Arsenal all over the place.
I suppose what annoys me most is the stuff that pronounces that “Arsenal fans worried by…” and variants on that. My answer is no, I am not worried, and nor are quite a few people I know, and anyway who are you to tell me that I am going to be worried or ought to be worried. Some fans might be worried, but not all.
Take the defence. Silvestre’s no good apparently, Fabianski’s no good, Gibbs isn’t the finished article, and so on.
But imagine we had gone out and bought a completely ready to use second defence to step into broken shoes. What do those people do all season when no one is injured? Do they put their entire career on hold? Do they keep their form?
The reason that we have Clichy (for example) is down to two things. One Wenger’s ability to spot the talent and his persistence in buying the guy in when apparently his parents were worried about the move. The other is that he was willing to wait out his time because he was a teenager. Eventually A Cole got himself sent off at Leicester (flying Gilberto header down our end, remember that?) and Clichy came in and got some games.
But no seasoned pro would be willing to hang about as Clichy did. So we buy in young players and want to be at Arsenal and learn the trade.
What has happened this season is that we had a run of mid field injuries, and now a run of defence injuries. Both are unusual, (most seasons the injuries are more widely spread) and to get both in one season is virtually unprecedented.
As such, multiple injuries in one part of the team are unlikely to happen again, and we will be able to cope perfectly well. To suggest that our defence is going to be awful next season is nonsense. We will have our first team defence back, we will have one or two players stepping up from the reserves and the Carling Cup team, and of course there is always the chance of one transfer. If that transfer is of the quality of Arshavin, then we’ll probably be ok.
Meanwhile, it looks like being Liverpool again in the Yoooof Cup Final, after the slaughter of Manchester City (now that yoof team does look like one hell of a team to me. I’d be surprised if we didn’t see several break through from there.)
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And finally, the flag.
I was asked to find some pictures andI am most grateful to various people at Red Action for supplying these links to the Red Action flag