September 19, 2011 § Leave a comment
As I sat down to watch the Blackburn-Arsenal match on the telly I chanced upon some blogs posted by some Arsenal supporters on a very popular blogging site.They seemed satisfied with the signings Arsenal had made during the summer transfer window and the general belief was that Arsenal could kickstart their BPL campaign with a win against a disjointed Blackburn side yet to win their first match this season.I could do nothing but concur with them.But the drama that unfolded at Ewood Park was suffice to pester me into writing this particular article.The final score read : Blackburn Rovers 4 Arsenal 3.Can somebody please explain to me what in fuck’s name was that??!
Truth be said I, being a MUFC supporter, was quite looking forward to seeing a new-look Arsenal side in action.The inclusion of the towering German Per Mertesacker and Andre Santos on the left was supposed to provide the defensive steel that Arsenal was seeming to be lacking.But it wasn’t to be.There are a few issues that I would like to elaborate on which led to Arsenal getting pwned :
Arsene Wenger’s team selection: I for one,was certainly baffled when Theo Walcott was left on the bench and Arsenal started with Andrey Arshavin and Gervinho on the wings.The Russian, scorer of a freak goal against Swansea the week before seems to have lost all of that blistering pace he brought alongwith him when he had arrived from Zenit.Even after Blackburn fullback Michel Salgado had limped off in the early moments of the game Arshavin did little to pose a real threat to Paul Robinson’s goal.There were moments of quality from the nimble footed Russian but in my opinion Walcott would have terrorised the Blackburn defence with his pace if he had started the match.the Englishman was only introduced in the closing stages of the match where he could do very little to help the cause of his team.
Someone please teach Laurent Koscielny the art of defending(Basics will do for now) : Over the years Arsene Wenger has been credited in bringing in raw French talent and converting them into world-beaters.Patrick Vieira,Thierry Henry,Robert Pires anyone?Sadly Laurent Koscielny will not fall into that category.The former Lorient man has had a tough start to life in England having been sent-off in his first competitive game for the Gunners the season before.A string of errors followed most notably in the Carling Cup final when he made a complete mess of an innocuous cross and gifted the Cup to Birmingham City.Oddly Wenger kept faith in the youngster.One season on the Frenchman is still to adjust to life in the Premier League.His performance against Blackburn was shambolic to say the least.Poor marking while defending set-pieces ultimately led to Blackburn’s fourth goal where he deftly side-footed Martin Olsson’s cross into his own net.Thierry Henry would have been proud of that finish.Sadly for Koscielny, Arsenal were 2 goals down having “scored” 4 of the goals.
Paul Robinson’s goalkeeping and Blackburn’s aerial prowess: One of the major factors that led to the Arsenal’s capitulation was Paul Robinson’s goalkeeping.Immaculate.Stupendous.Majestic.I’m running out of adjectives here.In the closing stages he denied Robin Van Persie twice with superb saves.Also the presence of bulky robust defenders like Chris Samba and Scott Dann gave Koscielny and Mertesacker a hard time.Time and again they evaded their Arsenal counterparts and laid siege on Sczesney’s goal.
Arsenal currently languish at the bottom of the BPL table having conceded 14 goals in the opening 5 matches.Maybe the Europa Legue is a more realistic target eh Arsene?