Saturday Is In The Past: Learn The Lessons And Move On.
Ahead of tomorrow’s clash Manuel Almunia has been roundly criticised, George Graham the latest to tell him that he simply is not good enough for Arsenal and that the club will not win a title with him in goal. Which no matter what the truth is, does little or nothing to help his confidence. Not that this matters as the Spaniard is to be replaced by Lukasz Fabianski, having picked up elbow-knack in conceding the first half penalty on Saturday. That might partly explain the second goal being gifted to Albion.
Arsene observed that it was obvious after five minutes that the performance was going to be substandard. Presumably he felt that making changes that early on would be too self-defeatist to do so and to an extent you can understand the logic. However, a change at half-time with Wilshere or Rosicky coming on might have influenced the game positively rather than allowing the visitors to storm into a three goal lead before an hour had passed. Still, it water under the bridge and cannot be changed.
Crucially, the squad is aware of the shortcomings in the performance. Andrey Arshavin summed it up on his website:
Firstly, we didn’t play well today. Secondly, it won’t do for us.
There is not much to add to that; his analysis was succinct and to the point. All that matters now is to learn the lessons and move on.
With the trip to Belgrade so close at hand, the chance to rectify matters is upon us. Wenger has promised to make changes, one of which might be at left back with Keiran Gibbs apparently having a test in training, a prelude perhaps to inclusion. Gael Clichy is being roundly criticised for his form in recent games and is having doubts cast over his long-term future by naysayers. His consistency has waivered yet to dismiss him so blithely is barely credible. Indeed, it is incredible. Going forward, he seems to have improved his distribution whilst defensively, I do not see any deterioration in his performance over the last two season. There is a strong argument that he has improved positionally but like all of the players, he needs to eradicate the mistakes which prove costly. Hard as it is to swallow, errors made by the top sides are punished more readily by the ‘lesser’ sides, perhaps evidence that this season is going to be a tougher title to win than previously thought.
A peculiar weekend results wise with plenty of dropped points, Manchester City the big winners. As it stands, we are no worse off than before but no better either. The defeat needs to be removed from the squad’s collective consciousness without forgetting to learn the lessons, complacency the key one. Tomorrow will be a tough test with Partizan probably fancying their chances of getting a result in the home match in this group, a result they need to have any hope of qualifying. Arsenal need the win to go into Sunday’s clash with Chelsea in a positive frame of mind; we need a win to stop the carping.
Posted on September 27, 2010, in Arsenal, Champions League, Football, Premier League, Premiership, Soccer and tagged Arsenal, Champions League, Football, Premier League, Soccer. Bookmark the permalink. 356 Comments.