Hello and good morning all! I’m finally back after the longest illness I’ve ever had. I absolutely hate being ill, so to say I’m over the moon that I’m through it now is an understatement. The most welcomed thing that I’ve missed is the ability to enjoy actual food. No more toast, soup and yoghurts for me, just straight up meat again! Woohoo!
So what have I missed since being away? Well Arsenal played against Crystal Palace on Saturday in which they picked up a valuable three points. I don’t believe in any way, shape or form, that a red card was deserved for the coming together of Arteta and Chamakh. Firstly, Chamakh went into Arteta, secondly, Arteta didn’t initiate any sort of foul regardless, so how can he possibly be blamed? Thirdly, it’s 40 yards from goal and it’s Chamakh. Either Gibbs, Koscielny or Sagna would have caught him (whoever was nearest) and even if they didn’t he’d have missed anyway, so how the hell was that deemed a clear goalscoring opportunity?
Awful refereeing in my opinion where he’s clearly tried to sabotage the game and our position at the top. Fortunately our side thought “fuck you, ya fat cunt, we’re winning this regardless” and went on to get a fantastic second. It left us top by five points before Liverpool went on to win their game and bring the gap back to two, making Saturday’s game against them even more important.
The next game was Tuesday’s Capital One Cup tie against Chelsea. We lost 2-0 down to poor defending, simple as. The mistakes we made were typical Arsenal a season ago, but not typical of our recent. The difference is that the back line was effectively not our recent Arsenal. Bar Koscielny the whole back five were backup players so it’s understandable they didn’t click at the best of times.
I wouldn’t like to say that Jenkinson cost us the game but he sure as hell made it nigh on possible to win. Gifting the first and failing to clear correctly for the second, was always going to make it hard for us. For me though, his biggest problem was his inability to deliver a good ball at all, for any point of the game. Cross after cross, pass after pass, absolutely shocking stuff from a man who should really be doing better. It’s strange because he can usually whip a ball in so well – better than Sagna in fact (who is dreadful too) – but oh well.
I won’t be jumping on the shortsighted “Jenkinson isn’t good enough and never will be” bandwagon because I still rate him and love how even when he was playing awful he still put in an absolute shift – because he loves the club like we do. I’ll just assume it was a bad day in the office that every footballer has and hope that his next game he shows he’s the player we all know he can be.
I couldn’t really care about being out of the cup, if anything it’s a good thing because it gives us three less games over the next few months and therefore makes our focus on other competitions increased. Playing those extra games and the fitness required, not to mention the risk of potential injuries increased, could turn out to be difference between winning the league and finishing third. The gap at the top level is that tight and you have to ask what you value more. A crappy, unimportant, league cup built out of nothing more than money for whichever sucker falls for it (this year Capital One) and nothing more. The only people that celebrate winning it like it’s an actual trophy are Liverpool, and nobody wants to be that bunch of classless morons.
Speaking of whom, as I said earlier we play them Saturday and it’s a game we absolutely have to get something from. We’ve not been as solid at home in recent seasons as away – perhaps it’s because we play with less pressure – but we need to be on this game. We need to be keeping a goalscoring pair of Sturridge and Suarez quiet and more importantly get the three points.
The important thing to remember is that it’s just Liverpool. For all their form and goalscoring exploits up front, they still can’t defend to save their lives and their midfield has as much energy as a retirement home’s bingo night. I have no doubt that our midfield of Ozil, Arteta and Ramsey will make it almost impossible for them to contain us and will prove to be the difference in the game.
Anyway, I’ll have more on that as the game approaches on Saturday. For today I’ll leave it there, being my first day back I’m still getting into the swing of things so expect some more exciting posts over the next few days. Thanks for reading and more importantly returning after my absence, it’s really appreciated. Have a good day, more tomorrow!