Any new converts to the “I hate Monday Night Football” gang? Wrote on the preview yesterday, that there is an extra touch of nervousness MNF brings and it was worse for us yesterday judging that we had to start the game without our first choice center back pairing. With these games, it just takes a while for everyone to get going and we too could have taken advantage of Liverpool’s seeming uneasiness if Ramsey’s shirt was not offside.
Caught the first 15 minutes of the game at work and tried to follow the game via a stream. Is it just me being unlucky with streams, because I was using some really superfast office internet but the stream was still really poor? And please does anyone have an idea why there has to be a lot of pop-ups on these stream website and loads of naked women flashing all over your face. I remember having to make a long explanation to the Mrs when she saw all that while I was trying to watch a pre-season game.
Forgive me, I digress, I was going to focus on the “Chambriel” partnership that gave Cech his first clean sheet. The irony is that Cech also got his first man of the match performance. Are goal keepers ever meant to be “men of matches”? When this happens, it usually means they practically rescued whatever points you earned from the game and Cech sure did yesterday. Whilst whatever criticism the “Chambriel” partnership received for their performance in the first half, it would be nice to put it into some context especially with Chambers.
The last time Chambers started a game for Arsenal was March 21st against Newcastle, Gabriel started against West Brom on May 24th and before then he had not even played for Arsenal since April 18th when he made a substitute appearance. We all know training or preseason is never the same thing as a wet Monday night at the Emirates and it was definitely going to show. In fact, any manager seeing both players start would immediately be inclined to tell his attackers to get at them early on and cause some stir which Countinho and Benteke did. Thankfully, it did not yield result and it was evident to see as the game wore on that they became better.
The game itself was a neutrals delight, end to end stuff by two teams with an attacking philosophy and we really had chances to win this game. It didn’t work and we now have 4 points from a possible 9 which for a title dreaming team is an early indication of a title challenge remaining a dream. To be honest, I am beginning to worry, it’s all beginning to seem like the start of last season again. We are creating loads of chances, not scoring them and while the easy option is to point to Giroud, scoring really should be more than one player’s responsibility.
The best spell of our game came when Oxlade was introduced, and was this the plan of the manager? When drawing up his starting eleven was Wenger thinking who is that player I can throw into this game and has the ability to instantly make an impression if my team is struggling? Was that the reason Oxlade started from the bench? I do not know, but I think the manager really has to review his persistence with Ramsey on the right? Would I be asking the manager to review his persistence with Ramsey on the right if Ramsey’s goal had stood and he went on to have the kind of game he has had against Liverpool for two seasons now and we won the game? I do not know, I am just an Arsenal fan with some time and an opinion.
It’s not all doom and gloom to be honest, should we have won that game against West Ham, a draw today would not be a particularly bad result , so I feel the anger right now is more about how Arsenal have started the season than with this draw itself. Hopefully the team turns up against Newcastle.
Another event that happened yesterday was Benzema, publicly stating that he was staying at Madrid. This is not his agent, not Real Madrid, not Marca, not Benitez, not his Father, Mother, girlfriend, brother, or anyone closely related to him saying it. IT WAS BENZEMA HIMSELF! Wait a minute, did any of the people above ever say he was coming to Arsenal or even ever said he was available for sale? NO!!
It is public knowledge Arsenal might be in the market for a striker, Benzema is French, he is a striker, he is at a club that Arsenal have done business with in the past, there is a new coach at Madrid and several under indices you can add up yourself and it makes a good story. ITK’s and a collection of the World’s most unreliable media start running the story and yes Arsenal fans jump on it, perpetually purposely throwing away all form of reason to keep retweeting all these transfer bullshit and asking model cum journalist for updates.
We all have followed Arsenal long enough to know how Wenger operates in the market and this whole signing had all the markers of what Wenger would not do. Honestly, I read Benzema’s tweet yesterday and I felt ashamed and insulted as an Arsenal fan. Yes, the clowns he referred to might be the ITK’s and news media, but we everyone who ignored reason and kept feeding those people with retweets and questions are not far off.
I particularly find Jeinny Lizarazo terrible. I think she debases female reporting and journalism. All these throwing her body on social media to ensure she gets maximum attention to a story she may or may not have absolutely no idea about annoys me. In a world where women are working hard to get recognition for their brains and the quality they bring to board rooms, sport rooms and in all spheres of life, to see a woman try to attract attention in any other physical way is sickening. I do not know how Hawley Wright looks but have you heard her talk about Football and Arsenal? Have you read Amy Lawrence’s book on the Invincibles and when she writes for the Guardian or joins the Guardian Football Weekly podcast? Always spot on! In Nigeria, we have Aisha Falode that rose from being a news reporter, to heading Female sections of Nigerian FA, CAF and working with FIFA. Women excelling in a male dominated sports arena. This Jeinny Lizarazo lady, is a shame to all of them in my opinion and I can’t wait for September 1st when hopefully she will disappear from my timeline.
Have a nice day folks. Forgive any errors, not much time to edit before work starts.
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