WTTGT Writer: John Montanye
I sit here, day after day, just like you, reading all the mess in the media and the blogosphere about Arsenal. It amazes me the hypocrisy abounds against Arsenal. I will give a few examples of this.
We can begin with our defense. It is common knowledge this is the weakest part of our game. We have to improve in this are to be true contenders and maintain a challenge until the very end. What most don’t bother telling you is that we tied for 4th in the league defensively with Fulham. Only Man United, City and Chelsea finished above us. We must improve no doubt, but a complete overhaul is not the answer. A center back here, a backup left-back there, and a back-up ‘keeper is probably the needed remedy.
Please remember that we had three first year starters on the back line and added to that a young goalkeeper. Szczęsny is the future, anyone that cannot see the poise he showed last season does not understand football. He stepped right in and kept us in many games.
Left-back is something I have written about in other articles, and today Wenger has confirmed as I have stated before that Vermaelen could be the answer at left-back. So if we sign a center back and rotate Koscielny and Djourou, I think we will be fine in that area too.
Kos and Djourou will have a year under their belt and experience to boot. At right-back we have the reliable Sagna, and the one spot on the team no one ever has to worry about!
The other major point that brings out the hypocrisy is the transfer market. We were linked to Chris Samba for many weeks, now it seems that Wenger has decided to go elsewhere, seemingly concentrating on Cahill and/or Mertesacker.
The interesting thing is when the Gunners were linked with Samba, he was a bum, not good enough, not talented enough; simply put, not the answer. Now that he seems to be going to another club, all the headlines read “X club linked to star defender.” It’s ridiculous!
Another example is Ricky Alvarez. The former Velez star was linked to the club. He even went so far as to go on his Twitter account and post how playing for Arsenal was his dream. The media’s and fan reaction? “Ricky who? We’ve never heard of him,” etc.. He signs for Inter Milan and now it’s “Inter steal promising star from Arsenal.”
I could go on and on, but why does this happen? It’s obvious we have an invisible barrier to go through. It does not matter what we do, who we sign, and who we keep. There will always be people and media outlets that want you to feel like you are backing a team on the down.
I am here to tell you, keep your heads up Gooners, we will be just fine! If someone takes the time to contradict himself so visibly on a variety of issues, we must be doing something right to instill that hatred and/or envy.
Our manager knows what he is doing to keep us competitive, within the Financial Fair Play rules and away from the necessity of over paying for talent.