Left-Back Worries Me

It’s a strange world that we live in. We can get a man on the moon but can’t get one on Rosie O’Donnell. Last night, we were told that Vermaelen had broken his leg thus ending his season. Today he’s OK.

It’s a strange world.

So Arsenal drew 0-0 away to Aston Villa. This has caused some Arsenal fans to have heart attacks. Two reasons why: Last night Chelsea won and on Sunday Arsenal were knocked out of the FA Cup – by playing a bunch of rookie teenagers.

Throw-in Stoke now play away to Man City in the 5th round. They’re out and will now play the rest of the season trying to stay in the Premiership.

If Arsenal were still in the FA Cup then I think yesterday’s 0-0 draw at Villa would have been deemed a decent result. But Arsenal have now gone two games without a win and for some Gooners that’s a crisis. Villa have beaten Chelsea, Man United, Liverpool and drawn with Man City. They’ve only conceded seven goals at home in the Premiership.

With the injury scare to Vermaelen and the disappointment by some Arsenal fans in losing out to Man United in the signature of Chris Smalling, calls have been made for Arsene Wenger to sign someone – anyone.

The striker position is the number one area that Arsenal fans want a signing made – even though Arsenal already score a ton of goals. And what striker should Wenger sign? Eduardo is now injured but while Bendtner is back, expecting him to play twice a week for four months is asking too much.

The other alternatives are Vela and Walcott who seem to do better on the wings and are not yet the answer.

The positions that concern me the most are goalkeeper and left-back. I’ve resigned myself to the fact that Almunia will not be replaced this season. I therefore hope that he rediscovers the form that got him the man of the match award against Manchester United in the Champions League semi-final 1st leg last season.

The left-back spot is more of a worry. Traore has shown that he is not a left-back. His positioning is poor and his marking is even worse. Clichy had a poor game last night and has not been the same player of two seasons ago. He’s only just got back from injury so maybe with a run of games, he will find his form.

The plus side for the defence is the return of Song and Eboue. Song in particular will provide defensive cover and muscle – something that we lacked against Stoke.

Rio Ferdinand is banned for Sunday’s game for deliberately elbowing a Hull City player in the face. Until the FA had charged him for his cowardly act, nothing was mentioned in the media or by Hull City boss Phil Brown. During that game, Man United scored a goal while a Hull player was down injured. Again, nothing was mentioned of this incident by Phil Brown or the media.

Sky Sports have been banned by Alex Ferguson from attending any post match interviews because of their continual coverage of the Tevez/Gary Neville spat. Ferguson did a similar thing to the BBC. Therein lies your reason behind the silence of Phil Brown and the media towards Manchester United. Ferguson holds too much power.

“Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”
Lord Acton 1887

Keep it Arsenal

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