By Jayson Klassen, AKA “Canada”
Good day Gooners,
The atmosphere and company for the match today was one I would put up against the proudest of crews. Pre-match discussions were of course focused on the latest chatter, rumours and the 14,795 players currently linked to our Gunners in the last of these 8 days of the window. Pint glasses were topped as the whistle blew to get the match underway. A massive shock hit us all before the first blade of grass was disturbed today, KOS and BFG nowhere in the lineup… Excuse me? Back issue for the French beast and possible big fakking virus for our Big Fakking German… It was Gabe and young Chambers to anchor our defense today. It was clear from the get go that our high hopes for Chambers running the middle (rather than the outside back) were soon switched to medium hopes at best. The young man seemed nervous, out of place and lacking confidence in his touch and overall ability to navigate the pitch aggressively. The consensus was indeed he kept playing Liverpool striker, Benteke onside and struggled to keep up with the attacking players speed once caught on his heels. I still have high hopes for the youngster, a possible loan to get him more pitch time could make the difference in how fast he grows and thrives in our first team. Anyway, on to more of our Gunners and the rest of the match we shared…
It was quite apparent that the majority of the gents at George’s today were shocked to once again not see the faded “fro” and blazing speed of OX on the pitch to start the match... His immediate impact in matches, his ability to dominate those who are given the assignment to defend him and his overall threat as an attacking option seemed to be in a different part of the Arsene’s match strategies as of now. Simply put, in the seven minutes OX was on the pitch, he completely changed the pace and flow of the match creating several opportunities as well as almost finishing one. Again my eyes always seem to follow the play of Mesut, on and off the ball, and again MUCH(not all) of what he did today was smooth, crisp and again on another level with regards to his vision and balls played into possible situations that other players do not see. Mr. Ramsey had a stellar finish today (and yes it was a finish), shocking offside call kept us at zeros after a stellar ball, brilliant run and precise finish by AR. It seemed like we would create opportunities, but again lacked the finishes we needed to open the flood gates at the Emirates. Now switching from our many opportunities to the counter attack of our opponents, it was an uneasy feeling for at least the first half when we would lose possession and they would immediately start their counter attack creating several sloppy moments in our 18 and 6 yard box. Petr Cech was a divine piece of excellence in stopping the counter attacks today; he made several world class saves in the first half alone. His experience and confidence blanketed many of our players and they did start to settle in a bit more after a while. As the game went on, Alexis still shows to be a massive threat, but at times would take the ball and play the same way again and again, making the defensive task a bit easier for the three or four defenders Liverpool would swarm him with. Still the shining beast in our squad, though!
I won’t go over each Gunner on the pitch today as we all watched the same match, some of us re-watched it J… My thoughts, and thoughts of most of the Gooner crowd around me at George’s seemed to be that it would be an unstoppable train if we fielded a lineup that possesses speed, strength, touch and vision, the others would make impactful & helpful substitutes. One quote and line up discussed by one of our Gooner Brothers (GK) was, “For a team with lots of speed we are good at not using it. Just once this year I hope to see a lineup of Welbz, Theo, Ox, Alexis, Ozil, Coq, Hector, Kos, Nacho, Gibs.” Our top and most threatening players have this speed, strength and ability to shock and dominate our opponents… Hit other teams with this type of lineup from the fakking start! Even with this apparently preferred type of lineup, our substitutes would still be a sublime group of footballers… including Monsieur Giroud…
My apologies if my writings seem jumbled to the watchful and proud eyes of those who read this and I am grateful for you allowing me to document our latest match… Stay proud Gooners and remember that the squad we have may frustrate at times, but the skill, dedication and leadership is very much present in our dressing room, training, and on match day… Our squad will click, lineups will sort themselves out and Mr. Wenger will proudly improve our boys and hopefully make a proper run at the League.
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