I thought the Saturday match against Norwich was the worst performance of our team but it seems that we are falling into abyss ever since the international break. Schalke gave us footballing lessons that fans will try to forget, while the Gunners should try not to forget what happened.
There are few things people should realize: the English Premier League might be the best league in Europe in terms of excitement and a number of clubs capable are competing for European places but that doesn’t mean the English Premier League has the best clubs in Europe. The Bundesliga duo Borussia Dortmund and Schalke made it clear to Manchester City and Arsenal this season.
It could be that we watched the last match in which Andre Santos participated. Santos was horrible in defence and that is nothing new – we knew that about him when we signed him from Fenerbahce. The problem is, we also knew that he is an excellent set-piece taker but it seems his qualities are not used at all. On the other side, it seems Aaron Ramsey is going to become jack-of-all-trades-master-of-none. He was supposed to bring additional presence in midfield while also covering the right-wing position, the one that is currently mostly devastated with injuries. However, we didn’t have neither Ramsey The Midfielder nor Ramsey The Surprising Attacker.
Gervinho is the one that I really can’t understand. He should’ve been full of self-confidence given the fact he scored 5 goals this season already and that he enjoys trust from Wenger even when he doesn’t deserve it. Instead of ripping opponents’ defenders, he is acting like a clown and falls down too many times. Mannone was horrible again. We were lucky not to concede a penalty in first half.
Then, there is another thing that starts to worry me. Our reinforcements are going through a hard time. Santi Cazorla, the best player in the Premiership so far, looked very lonely (basically, Cazorla and Arteta were trying to make something out of this game but their team-mates weren’t anywhere near them) and nervous on the field. Podolski scored 4 goals so far but it seems his sharpness is damaged by the absence of Gibbs.
Giroud’s problems with finishing are well-known. It seems to me that, instead of bringing winning mentality with themselves to Arsenal, our newbies are starting to adopt some bad habits Arsenal sported during the past 7 years. Podolski did suffer a horrible team-season with Cologne but he is a member of one of the best European international teams.
And, what to say about our performances at Emirates so far? We won one match out of three in the Premiership, one match out of two in the Champions’ League and one match out of one in the Capital One Cup. Conclusion is simple: the Fortress Emirates doesn’t exist. Only thing to hope for is that nobody from QPR knows that.