Sep 14

Gunners Showing Improvements

This past Saturday’s 4-1 drubbing of Bolton Wanderers was a good test for the squad in this new campaign. No one needs to be lectured about the boorish tactics which a majority of boss Owen Coyle’s side employ. I suppose the x-rated challenges by Cahill, Davies, and Robinson could be discussed, but that dead horse has already been well and truly beaten.

The most promising feature of the new season so far would be the contributions by players from whom little was certain in the beginning of this campaign. Of course, we are only a handful of games in, but already there are some players who are promising very much, first of whom is Tomas Rosicky. A player whose career has been severely blighted by injury, it appears he has now regained his top form and is ready to push on this season. Some of the passes he made, the outside-of-the-boot through ball to Arshavin in particular, were absolutely top-class. He seems to have regained his rat-like pace which, combined with his incredible technique, makes it very difficult for defenders to match. He has been very positive, forward, and most importantly he releases the ball very quickly. Our overall play seems to have a bit more pace to it than last year, and surely some of that credit must go to the little Mozart.

Second up is a man who has already received quite a bit of praise from the media: Marouane Chamakh. Although he’s nowhere near the silky artist of van Persie, he nevertheless has a great effect in our attack through his hard work and physical style. He’s a no-nonsense battler who seems content to be out of the limelight and to just get on with his job. His addition is a huge difference compared to playing Arshavin as the lone striker. And with two goals to his name, it looks as if he’ll add scoring to his off-the-ball work as well.

Last up are the two new French-speaking defenders, Laurent Koscielny and Sebastien Squillaci. Partnered together, they handled the sink, tub, and everything else that Bolton attempted to throw at them. Koscielny had a bit of a mix-up for the goal, but it happens to the best of defenders. After that incident, he got his head down and continued to battle. Squillaci, meanwhile, is an experienced and determined defender who will hopefully bring much to the dressing room as well. Wenger now has an interesting three-way selection problem in the center of the defense.

As seasoned Gooners know, it would be foolish to expect much at the beginning of the season. However, our squad could definitely have done worse in being 2nd place, largely without the contributions of van Persie, and until Saturday, Fabregas as well. If the annual injury curse can be nicer to us this year, perhaps we will have more to smile about come May time.

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11 Responses to “Gunners Showing Improvements”

  1. Aziz, KL-Malaysia says:

    Nice write-up, agreable. Overall we have in all positions at least two players that are in terms of quality not too far away from each other, the whole team has a great depth and the so-called talented youngsters are yet to be added. past two three seasons have been a learning curve for most in the squad and 1st team now, albeit a painful one without trophies. Physical presence has become much better, the team can play ‘rugged’ at atimes as well. Somehow I have a very good and confident feeling that this year we bag a pot (or two). :)

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  2. jason says:

    a good read.

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  3. FCUK THIS!!! says:

    support arsenal & the glory days of earlier in the decade will return.

    & for the ‘fans’ calling for andrei to step up: give our russian assassin a break, im sure that he’ll make us happy at venues like San Siro & olD Toilet. – if you dont like his contirbution or work rate, go & support modric @ sperms.

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  4. The Blaster says:

    Chamakh is a great, super sharp street footballer, and I actually think Van Persie can learn more from his survival instincts… see the way he jumped out of tackles that would have taken him out, leaving the defenders on their backsides…once on the Bolton touchline, and once for the red card incident. Also the way he’s like a terrier, always tracking back. For all we extoll RVP, and his skill is amazing, don’t get me wrong, he could really do with learning from MC, in the sense of outwitting your marking defenders rather than trying to tackle them head on and mostly getting shut down. What I like about Kos is that he is in the mould of Rio/Carvalho/Lucio in the sense that while he kind of does hover around the edges of legality, it’s more about grappling and impeding than it is about trying to take out the opposition. The dual he was having with Kevin Davies was fascinating. The only worry is that Drogba will be far more willing to dive when faced with the same tactics, but that’s certainly an improvement on last year, where out defenders tried to outmuscle Drogba and lost.

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  5. jhnhgs75 says:

    Totally agreed! Tomas Rosicky is a great player, for sure. If he can stay clear of injuries he’ll make big impact this season.

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  6. clockender says:

    exactly my thoughts, plus with the attacking and on the ball improvements of song, nasris great performances in preseason and hopefully some more attacking and long shots coming from denilson, the squad now looks so much more dangerous.
    oh and we shouldnt forget to mention bendtner to play infront aswell, he has made some critical appearances last season too

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  7. WillyG says:

    I also think that Laurent Koscielny can improve and be our Vidic…..He will improve and I remember that Vidic first half season was hard for Utd

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  8. Fabarsene says:

    Rosicky is an excellent player and never gives up. He combines brilliantly with other players. I think arsene should use him for the important games and also nurture the younger ones , so that we have a backup for him. Chamakh played well so far and he is adjusting to the pace of bpl. Both Cbs played with great attitude but the single error made should have been avoided. We should start winning matches with clean sheets. Manu has conceded lesser goals in the last 14-15 seasons and that’s where they won the most no. of league titles. Arsenal has to play with great attitude and maintain it under any circumstance.

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  9. Nasri83 says:

    Song has been a rock too and seems to be getting better all the time. I remember he used to get a lot of stick. Speaking of which, Eboué has been marvellous for the last several months. Love those darting runs inside he makes off the cuff. Very strong on the ball just needs to work a little on his finishing maybe (and his diving lol, but thats pretty good at times too)

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  10. Guilherme says:

    Off-topic:I’d like to wish Valencia well. We’ve been through this at least three times in the past few years and that kind of injury is pretty serious. Hope he can make a nice recovery.

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  11. pastaface says:

    Team is doing well, but April will be the challenge ts that is the time when we always seem to run out of steam.

    But very happy with how things are going and I don’t think Fabregas and Arsharvin have hit 3rd gear yet.
    Arsharvin isn’t finishing his numerous chances but at least he seems to want to be here.

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