Good morning my saggy little gooner gonnads. Round three of the premiership is upon us and we’ve had a mixed bag for the Arsenal so far. However, after the disastrous start against the Hammers the boys came back with some semblance of decent football away to Palace. Olivier got a wonderful goal and we held out to get a win in a difficult game against a tenacious Palace team.
Sanchez is back and returning to form, Ozil showed some of what he can really do and the defence held out, though in a rather nervy fashion with Cech trying his hardest to do a ‘Sczesney’ with high balls from set pieces. Wenger seemed pleased with the performance against the Eagles and I’m sure he was also relieved that we came away with the three points.
Rumours continue regarding Wenger buying a new striker and this will probably be giving Giroud some incentive to put in a few good performances. The pressure is on him as our only true striker although with Walcott pressing for a place up front Ollies position is under threat from within. However, on Monday night we have the juicy possibility of Sanchez, Ozil and Walcott being played to terrorise a Liverpool defence who have yet to concede a goal. Giroud should be well serviced during the game if those three are chosen to start.
The big, good-looking French bloke needs to start scoring for fun and with such a creative midfield behind him should start to regularly get on the score sheet. If he doesn’t then we will be in trouble. Last season our ability to put the ball in the net was seriously lacking, they cannot afford to do that this season.
Our defence should pick itself and Cazorla and Ramsey should also play. Which brings me to my one concern about our squad, Coq au Vin. Brilliant as he has proved to be, it’s this position which is our weakness, basically because we have no cover. Le Coq was close to being red carded last week and if that or an injury were to befall our ‘petit coq’ then we have no player who could step in and do the job he is currently doing.
This is where Wenger needs to prioritize in the current transfer window. I don’t see him having a choice, it’s a glaring frailty in our defensive strength. There must be someone available out there at a decent price who could offer sufficient cover? There have been too many potential names to mention on here but Wenger must be concerned and therefore searching the footballing world for cover and rotation for Coq au Vin. It would be criminal not to get someone and for me should be a priority, even if it is at the cost of not getting a striker.
Right, time for a glass of wine and some spicy chorizo. Enjoy the game where-ever you may be. Until the next time my sore arsed friends.