Is there one?
Over the past couple of posts we have taken stock of the season so far, I am sorry but today you will get much of the same!
When comparing games against the same opposition at this point in the season we have less points than 2017 ( my research – not fact – although it may be 😀 ).
So, the points haul hasn’t improved significantly. Have the performances?
I wrote during the first half of the Wolves game that our play was” measured, ” by that I meant slow. Very slow. It was not the first as we continually give the opposition 45 minutes start before performing at AFC levels. So far, we have been fortunate that the opposition have not taken the plethora of chances but it cannot continue into December when we play so many good teams.
Is this a tactic? Are we playing Rope-a-Dope in the hope that the opposition are exhausted in the final 20 minutes? If so, he is not the first.
I recently read the Sir Alex Ferguson autobiography (I am a closet masochist), it was a tactic of his to press in the final 15 minutes and according to him, the pointing at the watch was to remind his players that they had a huge chance of scoring in the final 5 minutes. It worked.
Is the import of young talent in Curly and Terrier new to AFC? Of course not. Cesc played for us at 17, so did Jack.
A post during the Interlull will concentrate upon the front 4, so I will not dwell here but we have problems which need solving. Our best players are not given the best platform to display their undoubted talents.
And the defence!. Sevilla were a team who were so difficult to break down and this was the foundation for their success, can we say the same of this Emery team? Can we ****. OK, we have had injuries and have yet to find an established first choice back 4. But do we know who they are? I doubt even you, in your wisdom, can name our best CB partnership! Bellerin is automatic and we have backup for him in the Swiss fella. Monreal on the right but given his performances so far, can you really say his backup Kolasinac inspires confidence?
Midfield? Who knows – this another area which requires an entire post. But once again we have no clear first choice.
That said, it is a healthy situation when we have so many choices insomuch as those choices are good quality, but are they?
What is a revolution is the attitude in the stands but one must question why, when an AW went behind, the fans did not support the team as they have recently.
I should point out that I am a Wengerite and want Emery to continue his wonderful work. There was need for change and UE’s start is promising but no more than that.
written by Big Raddy