War-saw, What Was It Good For?

By on August 8, 2010

An all-too familiar sight.

Yesterday’s match in Poland against Legia Warsaw still has me scratching my head wondering, “What the hell was that?” Some have suggested that yesterday’s 6-5 victory over a team that finished 4th in the Poland encapsulated both the positives and negatives of the current side. We can score a ton of goals, but we also concede a ton. (Highlights on the right).

Of course, it’s impossible to judge a team based on pre-season results against lesser sides, as Arsene has said. However, there is no denying that what we all witnessed yesterday was nothing less than disturbing. And to still be without a 4th center-back, with Anfield a week away, is even more disturbing. A Liverpool side, revitalized by the arrival of Hodgson, could’ve scored 12 goals against our defense yesterday.

All this is further exacerbated by the keeper problems. Perhaps 1-in-10 Arsenal fans have any confidence in Almunia. Even less in Fabianski. We can all agree that Szczesny is a right prospect but not ready for a title challenge. Arsene must’ve been hoping that Fabianski would put the past behind him and put in solid enough performances over the pre-season to quiet criticism of the keeping situation especially as Fulham continued to rebuff his interest in Mark Schwarzer. Instead Fabianski goes out tripping over his own defender’s leg in front of his hometown crowd. He just doesn’t seem to have ever been able to put Porto behind him.

Nasri continues to shine to the point where it almost seems wrong to push him out of that central role when Cesc returns. Gibbs also appears to be getting back to his best. While many seem happy that Gibbs and Wilshere have been called up to the England squad for the most meaningless and inopportune of friendlies, I can honestly say that I’d rather they hadn’t been.

I can’t conclude this post without mentioning the criticism of the official website over the Spahic article. It is without a doubt hypocritical on the club’s part and embarrassing. This is most embarrassing because the article has an Arsenal player, Bacary Sagna, talking about another club’s player. But this isn’t something happening for the first time. It’s been going on all summer long with these ridiculous “Transfer Linked” articles. Since the summer started, I have been unable to understand just exactly what an official website is doing posting things like that. How can we complain about Barca’s players talking about Cesc when we have linked ourselves with 20 players on our own website since May? It’s obviously such bullshit anyway because anyone who knows Wenger knows that he would never let the club put a news article about a player he’s interested in on the website. That would only drive up the price further or, worse, alienate the other club into not dealing with us. So, please Arsenal.com, do us all a favor and remove the entire section and all the articles from the official website.


  1. comrade23

    August 8, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    Actually, Koscielny was listed on “Transfer Linked” before we signed him. In any case, that page is a complete disgrace. I wonder how many fans have contacted the club about having it removed just to be ignored.

    I have no more energy to discuss the goalkeeping situation at Arsenal. Goonerholic said yesterday that his sources say we’ve been holding out on a keeper and defender because the prices currently quoted won’t be so high at the end of the window; he went on to say, “Interesting theory, is that, because I’m not sure the prices we will be quoted for both ‘keepers and centre-halves didn’t rise sharply this afternoon.”

    I’m not feeling very optimistic about next Sunday.

  2. Aussie Dave

    August 8, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    Instead of requesting that official website remove Transfer Linked players, we should ask them to make AW sign a new CB & GK.
    Does AW know that 99.9% of Gooners believe we need to fill the holes in our defence. We can’t all be wrong. Do something Arsene before we face another season of mediocrity.

  3. Jonathan

    August 10, 2010 at 2:51 am

    an all too familiar sight is right. i cant wait for the season to kick off, but i sure am worried about what is to happen to our arsenal this season. of course the title would be amazing, but im praying that we will qualify for champions league.

  4. London

    August 12, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    Hi Guys

    I am in Connecticut for a week and wanted to know if Sunday’s game will be on the telly, if so which channel?

    • ArsenalStation

      August 12, 2010 at 7:37 pm

      The game is on Fox Soccer Channel live at 11am…

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