Well.. That was abysmal.
Hello Fellow Gunners,
Sorry I’ve been MIA of late, have had a bad run of ‘form’ shall we say of late. My phone was stolen and I was on a mission to find the felon. Let me tell you, the combination of “Locate my iPhone,” an idiot of a thief, and a very determined Perry was not a good combination. In the end, I lost, seems all to similar to our beloved team. Along with that, both my work and play laptop died sudden deaths. Everything was backed up thankfully, but it’s a long, gruesome process of coming back to life on new machines. Anyhow, I’m back in action and will report on today’s difficult and critical match against the German outfit, Schalke.
We welcome Schalke 04 to the Emirates with the Gunners looking to maintain their 100% record in the Champions League so far. Going for us is that we are undefeated in 45 matches at home against non-English opposition, a pretty incredible record to say the least. However, the knock against us today will be our team’s fitness…
Our injury list continues to grow, as a knock to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in Saturday’s defeat to Norwich means he joins Bacary Sagna, Theo Walcott, Laurent Koscielny and Abou Diaby on the sidelines. Along with these lads, Kieran Gibbs has a possibility to feature, but it is unlikely that he will be risked ahead of Andre Santos. There is also a possibility that Wilshere could feature in some form, but I’m guessing he might play his first real match this weekend instead.
Well that sucked. I said I was going to do the recap and since I am a man of my word I am sitting here Sunday morning at my computer trying to figure out what to say about yesterday’s game against Norwich. Sundays are incredibly valuable to me as they seem to be the only day of the week where I cannot be made to work. That being said; I usually reserve it for important activities like yardwork (damn you leaves!), going to the grocery, taking my dog to the park, laundry, and basically whatever else I am too busy to do during the work week. Because I plan on doing all of these things and more today, I am not going to be dedicating much time or effort into this recap and ratings. Arsenal didn’t show up yesterday to play, why should I show up today to write about it!?
So here we go. I’m not sure who will be here, but thought I’d best chuck it up here just in case. I’m pretty sure Felegy is doing the recap, so I look forward to reading about our emphatic win!
So the tortuous interlull is finished. Finally. It feels like I haven’t watched any football other than the Australian A-League in years, and I am desperate to see some players who can complete a simple pass under pressure, let alone without pressure. So I’ll try to get straight into it.
Who: Norwich City F.C. est. 1902 (L-L-L-D-D)
What: Premier League Away Match
When: 20th October, 05:30PM Local Time
Where: Carrow Road (27,033)
How: Fox Sports 1/ESPN
As more and more time begins to pass and Walcott is still yet to sign, transfer rumours keep picking up pace.
I thought I’d go through some of the proposed targets.
Sorry about the lack of activity of late, this Interlull seems to be lasting closer to a month than just under two weeks. Well, it comes to an end and back to the club football that we all love. I’m sure you have all been keeping tabs on the status of our players away on international duty. It looks like other than an injury to Theo, we will come back pretty much unscathed (PHEW!). Theo has a chest injury that could keep him on the sidelines (where he is becoming pretty accustomed to being) for the next few weeks. While not a huge loss considering his playing time lately, I’d still rather have him in the squad.
This is a result that makes us all much happier. In a game that we were in control of, we went down after an unusual moment of brilliance from one of the opposition players. We followed this up with some determination and persistence, and we were eventually rewarded with three valuable points that leaves us sitting fifth on the table (until tonight at least). Good performances all over the park won us this game, with no players having a particularly bad game, and many players stepping up. One of the most notable moments in the match was Olivier Giroud scoring his first league goal for Arsenal to bring us level, and his celebrations said it all – he needed to score very badly.
After a poor result last weekend that has once again put us below Sp*rs on the table, we find ourselves off to Upton Park to play West Ham. Comparing everyone’s attitude from right now to this point last season is very contrasting. This time last season we had 7 points from 6 games, now we find ourselves with 9 points after 6 games, and everyone seems much happier (I wouldn’t say happy though). I guess this is for good reason, maybe because we have conceded 4 goals this season compared to 15 last season (only from memory of course) and we have scored 10 compared to 7 last season (once again, only from memory). I guess this is very contrasting to last season, but nontheless, the start to our season has not been great.
Not only are Sp*rs higher than us on the table, but we are the fourth London club, behind Chelsea Sp*rs and West Ham. Fulham are only behind us on goal difference at the moment as well. This is clearly not a good performance so far, and we should really start performing. A London derby sounds like a great way to kick it off to me.
Who: West Ham United F.C. est. 1895 (W-D-D-W-L)
What: Premier League Away Match
When: 29th September, 05:30PM Local Time
Where: The Boelyn Ground (35,016)
How: Fox Sports 1/ESPN
Yesterday we saw another somewhat mediocre performance from our Gunners in the UCL and another win. I’ll take that all day long. I usually don’t like writing the recap and doing the ranking unless I can closely watch the game and jot down some notes. This time I was at work, taking phone calls, watching the game on a stream (and yes I do have a fine stream), and adding my thoughts to the liveblog. So…this is going to be a dicey recap and ranking to say the least.