I'm amazed the fans at the emirates booed the team off the pitch after a draw in a FRIENDLY. I really wonder how different atmosphere around the club would be had Kos and Szcz not screwed the pooch in the CC final.
It was the Carling Cup. So probably not that different.
Having Verm back will help, at least insofar as the backline should be better organized and more confident this year. That still doesn't address the need for the midfielders and forwards to toughen up and defend the whole pitch better at the end of games. When Arsenal get a lead, especially in the final few minutes, they don't close out the match - they survive it. We all know it, every other team in the Premiership knows it and the team itself looks like it knows it. Someone needs to instill some backbone into the players. That SHOULD be Wenger's job, but he seems to want to kvetch and moan about refereeing decisions and other teams' tendencies to play physical football against Arsenal more than he wants to mold his side into winners.
As I said in an earlier post, I'm totally on board with the transfer policy - I like cheering for a fiscally responsible team that wants to earn, not purchase, glory. I'm not on board with cheering for a team that bemoans its misfortune rather of working its tail off to change it. Over the last few years, Arsene's Arsenal have trended dangerously towards the latter.
Oh, and Sach, good to see you posting again.
Edited by twhan1978, 01 August 2011 - 12:49 PM.