New Season, Same old story for Arsenal!!
August 19, 2012 7:18am CST
After watching Arsenal's first match yesterday, I had the same sinking feeling I have had over the past few seasons. Same old, Same old. Again the story has been set with Arsenal selling their two best players from the previous season in Van Persie and Alex Song. Of course, one thing different this season is that they have brought in three players in Cazorla, Podolsky and Giroud. But can three good players replace two extremely good players, and on the evidence of day 1 the answer is no. Cazorla was ok with one good effort to show for his huff and puff. Podolsky was mostly disappointing missing one golden chance. Giroud missed a sitter and another that Van Persie of last year would have buried. Am I just being too pessimistic or are we at the dawn of the 7th trophyless season for Arsenal? Cheers! Ram
20 Aug 12
Don't be sorry, Arsenal is the only top club in England which fits the Financial Fair Play. And if you look at them from this perspective, they are the real champions of England. As for how they played, I have seen the game, and yes, they seemed clueless, but the season is still young and the new players, who are from real quality, need to adapt to the way Arsenal plays. Santi Cazorla is a fantastic player, you will realize this as the season will progress. Podolski can be a real asset, with the condition that Wenger will manage to make him feel very important to the team, he needs to feel that he is a prince, like his nickname says. If he feels good, he will play good, if not, he will be a huge disappointment. Giroud can be a deadly striker also, but he needs also a bit of time to adapt. As for the trophies, it will be very hard to win something, but nothing is impossible. Anyhow, you should be proud that Arsenal is somewhat different from City, Chelsea, QPR and still they are finishing in the top half of the table.
20 Aug 12
But believe that is scant satisfaction for 7 trophyless seasons. Giroud has already come out and asked the Arsenal fans to be patient with him. Let's see how these pan out as the season moves on. Arsene Wenger has come out stating that he wants to buy another midfielder and a defender. Already Nuri Sahin is in the radar for a loan move from Real Madrid. Cheers! Ram
21 Aug 12
I can imagine how hard is to be trophyless for such a long time, because I hate the fact that Bayern has not won anything in the last 2 seasons despite being so close to it. But I think that the competition in the Premier League is not fair, because some teams have more money than others and not because they produced that money, but because it has fallen from the sky. And I think when something is beyond your power, then you must be proud for being a decent opponent to teams which are artificially pumped up. But no worries, if the Financial Fair Play will be strictly implemented, Arsenal will come out as a winner and the teams which dominate the EPL will suffer a lot because of their unhealthy and unfair attitude.
20 Aug 12
Yes. Only in this case, it need not be that the goalie is out of the net. It just could be that even with the goalie it is more difficult to miss than to score. Such opportunities are called sitters. Of course, this is not an official lingo just the colloquial lingo of soccer fans. Cheers! Ram
25 Aug 12
Yes, it is in fact Arsenal lost two great players, but they managed to bring three great players to Arsenal. Beginning his third season as the player has played against Sunderland, but the results have not been satisfactory in reaching. Only Santi Cazorla seen playing well while Podolski and Giroud has not shown his best game. I think you do not immediately denounce that they can not replace the role of two players out. Remember! they are new players still need to adapt to the situation of the team and the league situation. To issue the title this year may not be a red Arsenal title.
26 Aug 12
There is no doubt that Arsenal has lost 2 great players, but I am still not sure if the three who have joined in are in the category "Great". I would say so far they are in the good category and based on their results in the upcoming matches, they might move up or down or stay where they are so far. Cheers! Ram
21 Aug 12
I have to agree with you. One thing I find frustrating is the way Arsenal players play as if nothing were at stake! One doesn't seem to see players who put in 110% of their effort in any game. They tend to hold on to ball for too long, allowing their opponents enough time to close up the gap before trying to move into the eighteen yard box of their opponents, or the opponents will take the ball away from them. I repeat, this is highly frustrating! I look at the statistics of Arsenal's match against Sunderland. The team had more than twenty shots on goal with only three or four on target! Sunderland had about eight shots on goal with two on target. Which team was more efficient! One feels the arrival of Poldoski, Giroud and Cazorla is good news. However, the players have to wake up from slumber and begin to run fast because this season's competition is going to be tough indeed. Otherwise, the team may be in the bottom half of the table by the end of the season.
19 Aug 12
Arsenal have been on a slow decline for the last couple fo years and I beleive this year is the year they go from a contentder to a higher Mid stable team, maybe top 8. They continue to lose players without bringing better or same level stars in, seems like they are content with going backwards, they have lost their name as a top team so they are going to have to depend on young stars of the future who will most likely want to leave if interest from top teams come in.
19 Aug 12
Yes, this year if I look at the team, there is only one player who looks like he can walk into most Premier League sides. And that player is Vermaelen and that too as the Premier League defenses at most other big clubs seem to be aging. So this is really going to be a tough year for Arsenal and it's fans. Cheers! Ram
19 Aug 12
Sad to say that it looks as if it's heading that way. Even Wenger rues the departure of Van Persie, so it is obviously for all to see how influential that one player is to Arsenal. I think without Van Persie last season, Arsenal would have been languishing below mid-table. It is because of his heroics that Arsenal could finish so high in the league table. Now that he is gone (and Alex Song too), and with replacements that doesn't seem to be up to the mark, I think Arsenal can kiss the League Cup goodbye again this season (and perhaps even a Champions League spot). Sorry for the brutal assessment, but that seems to be the crux of the situation at the moment. Fortunately, a draw isn't as bad as Liverpool's thrashing to West Brom.
19 Aug 12
I think your assessment is spot on actually. I think the real alarms would start ringing at Emirates if the Champions League spot is lost. Looking at Chelsea this season, I think they will be up there for the fight for the 3rd spot, so for Arsenal it will be a touch and go this season. Cheers! Ram