Make Up Your Minds, Gooners!

By on January 27, 2011

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It is without doubt that I can say that Arsenal are pretty much on a roll right now. We have put 3 past the last 4 teams against whom we have played, West Ham, Wigan, Leeds and Ipswich, and that too with quite a fair bit of rotation in the squad. The last goal we conceded in the League was Squillaci’s own goal against Wigan away.

In short, if you were a Gooner, you would be wishing we played like this every week. Any Arsenal supporter would think that this squad was probably the best lineup we had seen in a lot of time.

The only thing that irks me right now, is the indecisiveness of Arsenal supporters. We draw away to Wigan, and bloggers declare that the Arsenal team has lost its potency, we need to buy new players and whatnot. And this coming after a historic win over Chelsea, which was as rare as it was special. At the end of that game, every player was perfect, everyone had got a 10/10 rating. And after the draw to Wigan, all of us shook our heads in disapproval and tutted about the team and its players. There is a reason why we are called supporters. We back the team. Of course, a major part of our role is also to provide constructive criticism, but if we criticize and dismiss the players every time the team drops points, and then praise the players every time we win by a huge margin, we are hardly being constructively critical. We are simply being hypocritical.

If Wenger wouldn’t have made 10 changes at Wigan, do you think it would have been easy to beat Birmingham by 3 goals at Fortress St. Andrews? We talk about squad rotation. In the past month, we had to play twice a week the whole time. And still we are unbeaten in the league since we last lost to Manchester United at OT, and have lost only once since then, and that was away to Ipswich.

There had been cries to bring in Benzema from Madrid and Mertesacker/Cahill. Now that Van Persie has scored 6 in 3, everyone’s quiet. Now that Djourou has turned out to be a wonderful partner in defense, nobody is shouting for new CBs anymore. Now that Gael Clichy hasn’t made an error in a long time, nobody wants him to leave the club, and now we ‘remember’ that he is one of the quickest left backs in the League.

And I anticipate, that after that wonder strike by Bendtner, noone will want him to leave the club either. And his cross to van Persie againt Leeds was ‘wonderful’ too.

All I am saying is, don’t change your opinion after every game, Arsenal fans. Remember that every player, every team, and every manager has good and bad games. Yes, we should criticize our team when it performs below par (Newcastle, Manchester United spring to mind) but just declaring that Bendtner is a bad player based on a handful of fringe games is nonsensical. We were thanking god last season when he was scoring nearly game to game and keeping us at the top. Nor should we call for transfers irrationally when a player doesn’t perform for a few matches. Keep the faith!

I am sorry for the quality of this article. It is not very explanatory. I am just being straightforward. I have been an avid reader of Football Talk, and I am sure other readers would agree that the same person who is one day criticizing the team for lack of spirit, is found praising them after win 3-0 or something. I have read articles which read ‘We are going to be trophyless if Wenger doesn’t change his tactics’ and after the next match the same writer goes out of his way to appreciate Wenger’s forethought and to declare that Wenger will lead Arsenal to success. Some writers go as far as to question Wenger’s presence in the Club, and later say that they trust in him fully and are okay with every decision he takes.

I hope I got my point across. Thank you.

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24 Comments

  1. William Ochieng

    January 27, 2011 at 9:32 am

    My sentiments exactly…Thank you!

  2. Rocky Jay

    January 27, 2011 at 9:49 am

    tootally agree with you there mate!
    Well written…
    too many fickle fans we have around!!

  3. walter

    January 27, 2011 at 10:17 am

    True words!

  4. Simon

    January 27, 2011 at 10:32 am

    Nothing fickle about me – I said sell Bendtner when he was scoring goals, I said sell him when he stopped scoring goals and I say sell him now, after his goal against Ipswich. I’ve been consistently saying “sell him” for the last 5 years.

  5. James G

    January 27, 2011 at 10:43 am

    I take your points however I would argue that it is both normal and fair to make a certain degree of judgement on a game-by-game basis. I say this because a lot can change game by game! If Arsenal lose their next game and United win theirs, all of a sudden we have an 8 point deficit to overturn, and that for me is the difference between serious challengers and unlikely hopefuls. On the other hand, if the reverse was to happen, and United finally lose a game, it is fair to make a judgement that POSSIBLY united could crumble as a result of the psychological blow caused by having their undefeated run come to an end. It’s only natural for fans to make judgements and analysis on a game-by-game basis. Thoughts?

  6. Gilo

    January 27, 2011 at 10:56 am

    Well said man

  7. Gilo

    January 27, 2011 at 10:59 am

    Wat happend to chamberlain? Any news

  8. WillyG

    January 27, 2011 at 11:16 am

    …and I have been saying, get rid of Denilson and Diaby all along. Nothing has changed.

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  10. joseph

    January 27, 2011 at 11:25 am

    Actually what is wrong with Denilson. We seem to have forgotten that he once played all the league games during one of the seasons. He was good at that time, now he is suddenly rubbish.

    • robin

      January 27, 2011 at 12:18 pm

      he cannot defend or tackle but he can shoot well enough, wenger should use him in an attacking role and he will do fine.

  11. James G

    January 27, 2011 at 11:28 am

    What happened to Denilson? Song, Wilshere, Fabregas, Walcott and Nasri happened to him!

  12. Asif

    January 27, 2011 at 11:31 am

    This article is all bull & crap…just becuase we have won a few games has not changed anything… stupid, nadir & naive article…a true fan is the one who can criticise the club as well as sing in praise.

    We have not faced any strong opposition in the last few games & w/o demeaning our wins, let us look at things realistically. We are still nimble-footed in Defence. Kos & Squid are not dependable- and mark my words by end of season- if we don’t get a defensive cover…we would be dead in Premier League & Champions League.

    About Bendtner- sorry mate…he is a useless buffoon… he should be out of Arsenal no matter how many goals he scores..he is a burden…and so is Denilson & Eboue

  13. Dyeruz

    January 27, 2011 at 11:52 am

    I think it’s ridiculous to say we still don’t need a CB, we’re a center half injury away from crisis, not to mention that Squillaci doesn’t exactly fill you with confidence at the back. Look we’ve beaten ipswich all well and good, but to win titles consistency is the key, and fans have the right to moan when the team puts in insipid performances and lets in late goals against ten men *cough..Squillaci wrong side..* 80 percent of the time we will put in good performances, that is why we finish top 4, and in the latter part of FA cups and Champions League, its that 5% that we need either to shut up shop and get vital points against our top four rivals or the odd West Brom, Newcastle results where we really should be winning. I do agree with Bendtner, he’s frustrating but its not his fault, he’s a striker put out on the wing, give him room and he can do the business. But its a fans right to moan. Wenger needs to do some business quick.

  14. Goonerbeall

    January 27, 2011 at 11:55 am

    Yep, our fans are very fickle indeed. Turning on their players at very given opportunity: remember when Eboue was given such a bad rap he cried? I mean Eboue of all people. He plays wherever and whenever he is told to play and no complaint. Yet he is the soul of the club. Have you noted how he is the first to congratulate the scorer by lifting them? Do we give back that Love he has shown? Dont hink so….

    Well written mate

    • Frankisek

      January 27, 2011 at 12:42 pm

      Spot on, nothing to add..

  15. Mick

    January 27, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    Everyone wants a new defender, who are these people that don’t?
    I never wanted Clichy or RVP sold. I praised for a great win over Chelsea and think it’s fair to criticise poor performances against Leeds and Ipswich. They are neither the Invincibles nor the worst ever team, I say we can win the league without saying we will.

  16. Tristan

    January 27, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    Thankyou ! Simply too many fickle fans that give the rest of us a bad name. The same fans that boo’d eboue. The same player who puts 100 percent effort into everygame. Thats the kind of player i want in a team. On the verdict of defence- Johan looks immence after coming back from that injury and i think Kolchieny is just taking time. We cant judge every signing on wonder signings like Vermaelen. I would be completely fine if we didn’t sign a defender particuarly not for silly money we’ve been hearing.
    We’re not Man City , We’re Arsenal.

  17. Tristan

    January 27, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    P.S – Asif is a joker.

  18. Darren

    January 27, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    It’s not fickle fans, we just have a lot of supporters, who have different views. Also people have a tendency to say “I told you so”, so those who think the team are greak speak up after Arsenal Win, those who don’t tend to complain when we lose.

    I think the truth is somewhere in between. The last four wins were good, and got us back into some form, but the highest placed of the 4 is in the relegation places! It makes no more sense to claim we’re suddenly a great team after winning those four (though the consistancy is a welcome change) than is was to write us off after our insipid display against Man Utd.

  19. didi

    January 27, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    it’s the emotions Sir! Greeat Write up….

  20. JEL

    January 27, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    Firstly, I completely agree that some of our fans complain way too much and don’t know as much about football as they think. The notion of selling every player that under-performs is absolute craziness, although I agree that Bendtner needs to improve, however the competition for the strikers spot should hopefully do that. Denilson may not have as much flair as a Fabregas or Nasri, but he is a very good midfielder, and one of the best passers at Arsenal. Think I’m crazy? Wenger has confirmed this, and so have EPL stats. He also has a fierce shot and is one of the few defensive minded players in our Midfield. For those who say Diaby needs to be sold, you’re exactly why I said some fans don’t know as much about football as they think. He is quality, plain and simple. I do think however, that Wenger will refrain from signing a defender this month so he can sign a world class one in the summer..

  21. james

    January 28, 2011 at 1:41 am

    Brilliant article, I concur with almost all of your comments, other than that we really do need a centre back urgently. It is nice to know that there are a lot more supporters like me who have faith in all of the players and don’t get on their back if they did not get a result, maybe if the whole team doesnt put the effort it however that is a different matter. Names such as Bendtner, Almunia, Denilson, Clichy and Arsharvin spring to mind, all of which have proved themselves therefore we should not doubt their ability, get behind them and help them through their bad form. And lets see some trophies this year.

  22. Ayor

    January 31, 2011 at 11:01 am

    oh please, can someone tell me of what effect signing squilacci has been to the squad? based on stats and recent performance ,we have a team of men that have the talent and the skill, but lack the belief in themselves.most of our lads have the highest footballing sense in th prem but we often see them get bullied of the the ball(not just physically, psychologically). i feel we need spine in our team. and it comes from each member of the gang making a determined effort to step up his game. no matter how much i feel eboue is lacking in the area of intelligence, i have never ever and never will fault his commitment to the cause. just like RVP, he gives 100% of himself all the time

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