Can a bad week get even worse on Saturday? That is the question we would all like to know, we don’t want it to come to fruition, not at all but these days we don’t know which Arsenal will turn up against West Brom. The loss to Olympiacos was shrugged off by the manager, he played a weakened team against the Greeks and in all reality a defeat was far from a shock. On one side of the coin the first team were afforded a rest and a chance to recharge their batteries ready for the battle at the weekend on the other side of the coin the players that underperformed against Swansea were given a chance to pamper their egos rather than prove themselves at the earliest opportunity in the next game.
The stats men will be rubbing their hands throwing out all sorts of statistics highlighting how long it has been since we last won and how many games in a row we have lost etc. They don’t care about the relevance of the games just what looks good in their tables and pie charts. Now we receive the news that 1st team players Theo Walcott and Lukasz Podolski are out of the game at the weekend. Surely more ammo to back up crisis talk; all they need to do now is claim Aaron Ramsey will take up the role on the right side of the front three and there will be riots in the streets of North London.
The loss of Walcott and Podolski are massive losses to the team, they do bring goals to the team and goals are required until we purchase a striker to share the goal burden with Olivier Giroud. One thing Arsenal has always been good at over the years is pulling off results when we are at our lowest. It doesn’t have to be against a title rival for us to raise our game; we have received the wakeup call last Saturday, the slap in the face to bring us to our senses, refocus and overcome the pain.
I wasn’t happy with Arsene rushing back Rosicky into the team on Saturday after he only just returned to training within the past couple weeks. He will be vital to our fortunes for the rest of the season and his cameo on Tuesday gave a reminder to those who may have forgotten his importance to the Arsenal midfield. It was good that the manager saw sense and only played him for one half of the game. I want him back, badly but I don’t want him broken within 2 weeks like what has happened to Abou Diaby. Just ease him back a bit Arsene, not too much too soon.
One thing I would like to see is for Francis Coquelin to step it up to the next level. He has settled in and established himself in the first team squad, he has been called upon when required but to me he needs a breakout performance in his preferred position to show us Arsenal fans we can rely on him as the holding midfielder.
It has been quite evident lately that the strain of keeping the Arsenal midfield ticking over is taking its toll on Mikel Arteta. He has done an admiral job stepping into the void vacated by Alex Song however it seems he is in need of a break, the problem is who comes in to replace him? Coquelin is young and has potential but for a player whose main position is as a defensive midfielder he has only really been played in that role in cup games. His appearances in the league has been more to close out games in the dying minutes, his defensive mentality is called upon to add protection to the defence/midfield. Yet Wenger has never taken the decision to rest Arteta and replace him with the young Frenchman.
Coquelin did impress last season when played in emergency positions like at fullback when we had terrible luck with injuries in that position. His versatility was essential and a welcome assistance to the team however in his preferred role we are yet to witness that standout performance, the kind of performance that makes you sit back and think he could make that spot his own within time. Even Emmanuel Frimpong last season at that terrible point at the start of last season managed to pull off an encouraging performance against Liverpool which had many neutral observers predicting big things. Yes he got sent off in the game but he did enough while on the pitch against top opposition to show he has a big game performance in him. The injury has set Frimpong back but if he works hard and gets over the injuries he could get back to that level. Coquelin needs to take advantage of any chance he gets and puts in the kind of performance that makes the neutrals take notice. At the moment he is caught in that void where he is just a squad player, he needs to step up to the level where he is talked about as the future successor to the defensive midfield role.
I’m not attacking Coquelin, I believe in him as a player and as a fan I want him to grow and improve to the level that the fans feel the team is weakened when he is not around. He is still young as I said but given the current state of the team patience is in short supply with the fans. We need cover in all positions in the team; like for like cover that leaves each position in good hands.
Arteta needs a break; Coquelin needs to give Arsene a reminder that he has someone to share the load.
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I really agree to. Arteta being rested it is good for him.
Wenger either needs to buy quality cover or trust in the abilities of Coquelin
i love arsenal bt i dont like d manager.wenger is a fade off coach.RUDOLF
I say give wenger a chance to fix things in January window, if it doesn’t work out then the writing is on the wall
clearly, this page has a huge Arsene Wenger fan base. For those saying he just needs more sdiepnng power, he’s been needing it for 8 years. He saw the downfall of our invincibles coming and he did nothing about it. No money available? Demand it, Arsene. It’s not just about our sdiepnng power, it’s about player retention. Abuse Van Persie all you want, but he is still the fucking boss of striker he was for us. Cunt or not, everyone would give their left testicle here just to see him still play for Arsenal along with Fabregas, Now Theo and Bac are going to leave and even if we DO buy 3 more players, it’s useless. We don’t grow, we simply even out just to fight for 4th all over again. 1 13
Even if Podolski and Walcott does not play, Arsenal should still be able to win the game, I mean its not like we are playing Barcelona or Mardrid or something, on paper AFC has a better squad than WBA all that is needed is the right team selection and good strategy from wenger as well as a winning mentality from the players. And Coquelin is a better player than Arsenal supporters give credit for all he needs is the same chance that has been giving to players like Ramsey, Diaby, Gervinho (whom I may add has been a disappointment) to prove him self.
I expected us to beat Swansea with those players
I don’t think anyone is criticising coquelin but I do question wengers faith in him if he isn’t used to cover arteta
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