The Real Footie Analyst

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Sergio-Aguero-David-Silva-Man-CityArsenal can walk away from the Etihad stadium with their heads held high. But the norm with all top teams is that excuses will be searched for. There was the clear penalty the ref denied. There were the saves that Joe Hart once again pulled off, although with some luck, especially with Gervinho’s first shot on target.

However the moment leading to the goal was like watching our over 40 team playing at William Herbert on a Friday night. What was going through Koscielny’s mind? How does a defender stroll back into position and then leaves Song to deal with Ballotelli. Like most of the goals Arsenal have conceded, this as well as its predecessors, has to be put down to defensive blunders.

But the one player that really worked on my (you know what) was…..GERVINHO!!! Usually his place is taken by Theo Walcott. Walcott irritates me, like most Gooners, with the lack lustre crosses and poor decision-making. Today Walcott’s place was taken by Gervinho. Gervinho, I am sorry to say, is not Arsenal quality. Why Wenger persists with him is a mystery similar to why Ferguson sticks with Evans. Marouane Chamakh should be starting as Van Persie needs a striking partner. Gervinho needs some time on the bench. He’s indecisive, slow in choosing his passes and a waste in the penalty area. At a time when Arsenal needed fluent passing and good decision-making Gervinho came up short. For a score out of 10 I would rate him 4.

However true Gooners would feel they were hard done by, by the lack of their midfield “authority”. Arsenal had players like Vieira and Petit who ruled the midfield. Then there were the Dutch duo of Overmars and Bergkamp and not forgetting some fantastic strikers. Thierry Henry and Ian Wright come to mind here. But the one player Arsenal miss is Tony Adams purely because of his leadership qualities. Another that led by example was Patrick Vieira.  Players who stamped their authority on a game. They made the opposition know that they are their. Don’t get me wrong van Persie is doing his best and is leading by example. His goals that he’s scored so far is the reason Arsenal are where they are today. But he is not as influential as Adams and Vieira. He does not share their temperament.

Like Liverpool has Gerrard, United had Cantona and Keane and today Vidic and Rooney and like Chelsea have Terry.  And if Terry is not up to standard they can count on Lampard. Arsenal only has Van Persie that can and IS expected to do something MAGICAL. And one man cannot do the job for them. They lack a midfielder of high quality and a defender that can lead the back four. Arteta and Ramsey tried their best to contain a City team full of quality. But they just weren’t good enough. So was selling Samir Nasri to City worth it in the end? He didn’t do much for City but he was always ever-present. The type of player that Arsenal missed in the middle of the park. Arteta and Ramsey were not those players. And the defenders Wenger has are not world-class quality. At most occasions they all over the park and City could count themselves unlucky not to have scored more than one. Wenger needs a plan and he needs it now……


I'm just me :). I am married to a wonderful woman and we have 3 beautiful kids. I love them to bits but I also love football. So much so that my kids all love the game today. Laila (11) loves it only because I do. (She's my princess). Uzair, (8), plays for a local football club nearby. A die hard Manchester United fan....just like his dad (Broad smile) and then there is Mu'adh (3). he walks through the house with my phone playing (and singing along) to the GGMU song. Any game, any time, any where. I LOVE FOOTBALL. I grew up with uncles, cousins playing football. Although I never really played I still love it and will for as long as I can. So that's a block space :) I hope you all enjoy my blogs.

1 Comment

  1. True, Arsenal can walk away with their heads held high, but the points tally showed zero. I didn’t see much of the 2nd half but City are a class act. United can no longer ignore them. David Silva is already the early fav for Player of the Season. LOL for ‘like watching our over 40 team playing at William Herbert on a Friday night.’

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