Lack Of Discipline Is Good & New Deal, New Era?
No Darius this morning, too busy saving the Wales. Not quite sure what it needed saving from or indeed why anyone would bother, but each to his own. He would have been better served by saving Arsenal’s disciplinary record which has, according to the tables, gone to pot. No more Mr Nice Guys, propping up the rest of the Premier League and giving hacks great delight as it means that they can turn on Arsene and delight in the hypocrisy of his complaints about bad tackles.
That the logic in such arguments is spurious even by journalistic standards, an unfathomable leap being made that requires the observer to believe that all fouls, cautions and sendings-off are as a result of bad tackles. Obviously this ignores the dissent, professional fouls, etc. which are part of the Premier League. Whilst this was an inevitable storm waiting to happen, Wenger’s chastisment ignores the fact that he is critical of his own players for indiscretions that he berates others for committing.
Whilst his peers – and I use that word in the loosest possible sense – such as Pulis, Coyle, McLeish and Allardyce take great pleasure is reiterating this guff, they miss one salient point. None of their players has sufffered a career threatening injury from a tackle made by an Arsenal player. For all McLeish’s recent comments about Wilshere’s foul on Zigic, his player is not on the sidelines for a year. That in no way defends Wilshere or Fabregas; it offers a different perspective to their complaints.
It has caused some consternation amongst supporters to see the vilification going on; ignore it. Let the press have their moment and we’ll worry about the team itself. A good by-product of this is that the players are losing the tag of southern softies and can no longer be presumed to go North, have their tummies tickled and give over the three points. This Arsenal is not like that. We just do it at home instead.
Happier news emerged from the club last night. Woijech Szczesny signed a new give year deal which puts the goalkeeper pecking order under scrutiny a little, touched upon by myself and Arseblogger in his latest Arsecast. Whilst Fabianski does well, he is still one mistake away from lambasting as the aftermath of the Newcastle game showed. Should he become resolutely inconsistent, I wonder where Wenger turns? Szczesny has a lot of backing amongst the support and after a nervous start at St James’ Park, he performed well. However, this presumes that the younger Pole is ahead of Almunia.
And what of the Spaniard? Would he be happy being Number 2 or 3 in the pecking order? He had done little wrong until the West Bromwich game, arguably as consistent as he had ever been in season’s past. Would he be happy with an apparent relegation. He had a difficult summer, his reputation left in tatters by insinuation and a public-inspired chasing of Schwarzer and others. He came back and performed well enough to ensure he remained first choice. Injury struck at he is sidelined, apparently still recovering but whether this is real or convenient remains to be seen.
No-one could have any complaints if he left in search of first team football on a regular basis under such circumstances, even if it left Arsene in the lurch. Not that I am suggesting he would for he has previously shown a willingness to fight for his place and no indication that this has changed.
Anyway, that’s it for today. ’til Tomorrow.